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19 December 2014 Last updated at 04:55

US Congress threat to Cuba thaw

Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility.


A federal police stands guard atop a vehicle after a shootout occurred in the town of La Ruana on 17 December, 2014.Troops sent to Mexico vigilante town

Hundreds of federal security forces are on patrol in the western Mexican town of La Ruana after a deadly shootout between rival vigilante groups.

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