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Trump to limit Cuba travel, restrict business deals with military: U.S. officials

Havana policy hijacked by Little Havana politiciansPresident Donald Trump on Friday will announce a plan to tighten rules on Americans traveling to Cuba and significantly restrict U.S. companies from doing business with Cuban enterprises controlled by the military, senior White House officials said on Thursday.

Trump will lay out his new Cuba policy in a speech in Miami that will roll back parts of former President Barack Obama's opening to the communist-ruled island after a 2014 diplomatic breakthrough between the two former Cold War foes.

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London Fire: High-Rise Apartment Blaze Kills at Least 6, Injures 74

London high rise blaze - at least 6 deadAt least six deaths were confirmed Wednesday after a blaze ripped through a high-rise apartment block in the British capital as residents slept. At least 74 people were injured.

More than 250 firefighters battled the West London inferno through the night.

Local resident Tim Downie told NBC News he saw "people dangling children out the windows to try and get them to safety" as flames spread upward.

Witness Samira Lamrani said one woman wrapped a baby up "in some sort of thick blanket" and then let go of the tot from around the 9th floor. "Miraculously the baby just sort of dropped in a straight line, and a guy just ran forward and the baby fell into his arms," she added.

TVNL Update: The death toll in this terrible tragedy has risen to 12, and many more are feared dead.

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Emirati ambassador to Trump: Remove US airbase from Qatar

Ambassador Yousef al OtaibaThe United Arab Emirates' ambassador to the United States wants President Trump to use the U.S. airbase in Qatar as a political tool to press the country's government on supporting extremism.

“The air base is a very nice insurance policy against any additional pressure,” Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba said Tuesday. “Maybe someone in Congress should have a hearing and just say, you know, ’Should we consider moving it?’”

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U.S. Power Companies Warned ‘Nightmare’ Cyber Weapon Already Causing Blackouts

Nightmare Cyber Weapon warningSeven minutes before midnight last Dec. 17, a bomb of sorts went off in a high-voltage substation north of Kiev.

But if you were standing outside the 20 acres of gleaming metal transformers and coils, you wouldn’t have heard a bang or seen a flash. It wasn’t that kind of bomb. It was a piece of malicious software that had been hiding in a control-room computer miles away, waiting for the right time to reveal itself.

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Putin critic Alexei Navalny detained ahead of protest

Alexii Nevalny detainedPolice have detained Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny just before a mass protest against corruption in central Moscow was expected to take place.

He was arrested at the entrance of his home on Monday, his wife wrote on his Twitter account, posting a photo of him getting into a police car.

"Hello. This is Yulia Navalnaya ... Alexei has been detained in the stairwell," she wrote about a half-hour before the demonstration was to begin.

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Qatar hosted Taliban 'at request of US government'

Qatar hosted taliban at request of USQatar hosted the Taliban at the request of the US government, the special envoy on counterterrorism for Qatar's foreign minister told Al Jazeera.

Mutlaq Al Qahtani said the Gulf country hosted the Taliban "by request by the US government" and as part of Qatar's "open-door policy, to facilitate talks, to mediate and to bring peace".
Rex Tillerson calls for end to Qatar embargo

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Israel plans most settlement homes since 1992: minister

Isreal pplans more settlements since 1992Israel has so far this year advanced its highest number of settlement projects since 1992, the defence minister said, despite warnings such plans make a two-state solution impossible.

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman made the comments on Sunday as Israel's government faced mounting pressure from leaders of the settlement movement, who wield heavy influence in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition.

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