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DeLaurentis appointed first US ambassador to Cuba in 55 years

Updated: Sep 28, 2016 11:06 IST

Washington D.C. [US], Sept. 28 (ANI): United States have appointed its first Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis to Cuba in 55 years as relations between the countries thaw.

Nominating DeLaurentis's name, President Barack Obama said it was a step towards a more normal and productive relationship. But he may face a battle in Congress where some Republicans are opposed to his dealings with the communist island.

President Obama said there was no better qualified public servant. The new ambassador DeLaurentis had been working at the new US embassy in Havana, which opened in July last year.

DeLaurentis, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for of Western Hemisphere Affairs, would be the first full ambassador to Havana since October 1960, when Philip W. Bonsal left the post, which was terminated three months later after President Dwight D. Eisenhower severed U.S. relations in response to Fidel Castro's communist revolution. (ANI)

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New York [U.S.], Mar. 24 (ANI): In an attempt to break the resistance of House Republicans refusing to pass the health care bill that is taking a toll on his new administration, President Donald Trump has issued an ultimatum.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 24 (ANI): Pakistan's National Day grand parade, for the first time, included Chinese troops, underlining the deepening ties between China and Islamabad.

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Pumped up Trump drives a truck

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 07:12 IST

London [U.K.], Mar. 24 (ANI): Amid the battle over the health care bill yet to be passed, United States President Donald Trump found time to indulge in some fanfare.

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London [U.K.], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Taliban has captured a key district in Helmand province, which was once considered a deadly battlefield for the British and the U.S. troops in Afghanistan, as reported by The Guardian.

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House delays health care bill to Friday

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 05:21 IST

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Actor Kal Penn targets Trump administration

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 03:52 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Hollywood actor and longtime Obama supporter Kal Penn took to Twitter to post a series of searingly sarcastic tweets that target the low participation of 'people of colour' in the current White House or the GOP, led by President Donald Trump.

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New York [U.S.A.], Mar. 24 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has defended claims he made in his stint as a political leader in an interview given to the Time magazine published on Thursday.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 23 (ANI): The U.S. Seismological Centre on Thursday measured the earthquake at 4.2 Richter Scale at a depth of 180 kilometre in Swat and surrounding areas of Pakistan.

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Burj Khalifa lit up with Pakistan's flag

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 22:10 IST

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Washington D.C. [U.S.], Mar. 23 (ANI): The man believed to have been responsible for the terrorist attack in Westminster has been identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood.

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Antwerp [Belgium], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Belgium Police on Thursday arrested a man after he tried to drive into a crowd at high speed in a shopping area of Antwerp, Belgium.

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