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Top US diplomat flies to Cuba for new policy victory lap

Washington's top diplomat came to Havana on Friday to raise the Stars and Stripes over the newly opened U.S. Embassy.

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Truck bombing at Baghdad market kills 67; IS claims blast

A massive truck bomb ripped through a popular Baghdad food market in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood early Thursday morning, killing at least 67 people, police officials said.

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Officials: At Least 7 Dead In China Port Explosions

Huge explosions sparked at a warehouse for dangerous material in the northeastern Chinese port of Tianjin have killed at least seven people and injured hundreds, officials and state media outlets said Thursday.

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Cuba dissidents won’t attend U.S. Embassy event

The U.S. doesn't plan to invite Cuban dissidents to Secretary of State John Kerry's historic flag-raising at the American Embassy in Havana on Friday, illustrating a shift in U.S. policy from the island's opposition to its government.

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Kerry: Dollar could suffer if U.S. walks away from Iran deal

If the U.S. walks away from the nuclear deal with Iran and demands that its allies comply with sanctions, a loss of confidence could threaten the dollar's position as the world's reserve currency.

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Japan anxious at lull, U.S. ‘giving up’, in pan-Pacific trade talks

Ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would stretch from Japan to Chile, fell short of a deal at talks last month on the Hawaiian island of Maui, despite early optimism.

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China hacked private emails of U.S. officials since 2010, NBC reports

Chinese hackers have been accessing the private emails of top U.S. national security and trade officials since April 2010, according to a new report.

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Democrats say Iran deal will survive despite Congress setback

President Barack Obama is trying to win over enough of his fellow Democrats to block Republican efforts to pass a "resolution of disapproval" that could cripple the deal, which is designed to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting of economic sanctions.

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U.S. sends six jets, 300 personnel to Turkey base in Islamic State fight

The United States sent six F-16 jets and about 300 personnel to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Sunday, the U.S. military said, after Ankara agreed last month to allow American planes to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants from there.

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Blows for Obama as key lawmakers come out against Iran deal

U.S. President Barack Obama's hopes of preserving the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers were dealt a setback on Thursday when Chuck Schumer, one of the top Democrats in the U.S. Senate, said he would the oppose the agreement.

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U.S. officials assure Congress on Iran sanctions ‘snapbacks’

Obama administration officials told lawmakers on Wednesday that sanctions relief under the Iran nuclear deal will not be allowed to be used to bankroll terrorism and said the sanctions can be "snapped back" quickly if Tehran violates the agreement.

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Malaysia confirms plane debris is from Flight MH370

A Boeing 777 wing segment discovered on the island of Reunion is the first real breakthrough in the search for the plane that disappeared 17 months ago.

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Obama: Blocking Iran deal would accelerate path to nuclear weapon

The President spoke at American University amid a furious lobbying effort in Congress to secure the enough support to ensure survival of the deal, which was reached July 14 between Iran and six world powers.

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Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 25, 2010.

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County Students Score High On SAT’s

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Albemarle SAT scores are higher than both state and national figures.

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Chris Evans makes ‘Marvel’-ous directoral debut

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The "Before We Go" director talks about pulling his film together and how being in the Marvel world makes it easier to get movies off the ground.

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Man Murdered In Trailer On Carlton Avenue

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City Police say 31-year-old Jason Lee Shifflett was found shot to death early Thursday morning inside his trailer on Carlton Avenue.

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Man Killed By Train Identified

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A man struck and killed by a train Wednesday night in Crozet was 22-year-old Matthew Michael Shannon.