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New Saudi King Promises To Follow Predecessors’ Policies

Posted On January 23, 2015

(Undated) -- The new king of Saudi Arabia is promising to follow his predecessors' policies. King Salman said in a televised speech today that he will maintain the path the oil-rich country has followed since it was established more than 80 years ago. That path has included close relations with the U.S. The 79-year-old Salman…

U.S. And Cuba Talk About Human Rights

Posted On January 23, 2015

(Havana) -- The U.S. is pressing Cuba to improve its human rights record. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson said today that while talks were cordial, the two countries disagreed on some points.   The high-level talks in Havana concluded yesterday, with human rights being made a condition for restoring diplomatic ties with the communist…

U.S. Staff In Yemen Embassy Reduced

Posted On January 23, 2015

(Undated) -- The U.S. is cutting the size of its embassy staff in Yemen. This comes on the heels of escalating turmoil in the Arab country. U.S. authorities say they want to avoid shutting down the embassy altogether because its presence is important for counter terrorism cooperation with Yemeni security forces. The reduction in staff…

Saudi King Abdullah Funeral Today

Posted On January 23, 2015

(Undated) -- Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah will be buried this afternoon. The 90-year old monarch died this morning. A few hours later Abdullah's brother, Crown Prince Salman was announced as the new king. The 79-year-old Salman is expected to continue Abdullah's pragmatic approach to foreign affairs, including cooperation with the U.S. and other western…

U.S. And Iraq Planning To Take Back Mosul

Posted On January 23, 2015

(Washington, DC) -- The U.S. and Iraq have a plan to reclaim a city taken by ISIS. The "Wall Street Journal" says the two countries are preparing an offensive to take back the Iraqi city of Mosul by summer. The head of the U.S. Central Command, General Lloyd Austin, says preparations include selecting and training…