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Pope Francis. Photo by Jeffrey Bruno, Wikipedia Commons.
Pope Francis. Photo by Jeffrey Bruno, Wikipedia Commons.


Vatican, Pope Played Key Role In US-Cuba Prisoner Release

By Matt Hadro The Vatican played a critical role behind a prisoner exchange and a groundbreaking new policy between U.S. and Cuba announced on Wednesday, senior administration officials said. “Very importantly, the Vatican played a role in this as well,” a senior administration official said in a White House conference call with reporters on the […]

Barack Obama
Barack Obama. File photo.


Obama’s Change Of Cuba Policy Is Welcome And Long Overdue, Says CEPR

News that the Obama administration is “changing its relationship with the people of Cuba” is due to the leftward shift in Latin America that has increasingly isolated the United States politically in the region, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Co-Director Mark Weisbrot said today. The Obama administration announced the changes following Cuba’s release […]

EU Parliament in Brussels
EU Parliament in Brussels


European Parliament Votes To Recognize Palestinian Statehood ‘In Principle’

The European Parliament said in a resolution passed on Wednesday that it supports “in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced.” To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, the European […]

Flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
Islamic State flag


Spain, Morocco Dismantle Network Engaged In Sending Women To Islamic State

Spain has arrested seven members of a network that were engaged in attracting, recruiting and sending women to the DAESH, Islamic State, terrorist organization. The jihadi network dismantled in Spain and Morocco had managed to attract 12 women via the Internet. The arrests were made in Spain (Ceuta, Melilla and Barcelona) and Morocco (Castillejos). All […]