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Opportunity, Caution Seen For U.S. Banks As Cuba Rules Ease

President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba this week, including a relaxation of rules barring U.S. banks from doing business there. But banks are awaiting details and are likely to proceed cautiously.

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What Will Full Diplomatic Relations With Cuba Look Like?

Melissa Block talks to Michael Parmly, former Chief of Mission for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, about the U.S.' new relationship with Cuba.

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North Korea Has Invested Heavily In Cyberattacks

American officials have concluded that North Korea was behind the hack of Sony Pictures Company. Melissa Block talks to James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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Putin Remains Defiant On Crimea, Ukraine At Annual Press Conference

Russian president Vladimir Putin gave his annual press conference on Thursday. He defended his actions in Ukraine, but failed to offer a strategy to cope with the looming financial crisis.

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Most Pages In New U.S.-Cuba Chapter Still Have To Be Written

President Obama is re-opening diplomatic ties to Cuba, and easing restrictions on travel and commerce. A day after that historic announcement, we look at what it actually means for would be travelers and exporters.

Administration Won't Rule Out Raul Castro Visit To White House

The remarks come a day after President Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba would begin talks to normalize relations and open embassies following more than five decades of hostility.

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In Latin America, Not Everyone Is Thrilled With The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

Cuba and Venezuela are close allies who often seemed to speak with a single voice when it came to bashing the U.S. But now they may be out of synch.

And The Award For Most Offensive Fund-Raising Video Goes To...

If you're a charity that wants to help the developing world, you really, really, really don't want to win a "Rusty Radiator."

5 Defining Moments In The U.S.-Cuba Relationship

President Obama says the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations, which were severed in 1961. Here are images that highlight the decades of tense relations.

Hong Kong’s Hedge Fund Fight Nite

December 20, 2014
The joy of victory ... and the agony of defeat. (Michael Perini)

In Hong Kong, a group of investment bankers recently traded in their suits for boxing gear. Charlie Schroeder was in Hong Kong to check out the action at the eighth annual Hedge Fund Fight Nite.

The Year In Latin Music

December 19, 2014
Soledad, and from left, Nina Pastori, and Lila Downs perform on stage at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute honoring Joan Manuel Serrat at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

From crossover hits to hip-hop to soul, we look at a big year in the wide world of Latin music.

Week In The News: Cuba Thaw, Taliban Attack, Hollywood Hacking

December 19, 2014
Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

Cuba reset. Russia’s rubble troubles. School massacre in Pakistan. Jeb explores 2016. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

A Short History Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

December 18, 2014
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (left) shakes hands with Cuban President Fidel Castro on May 12,, 2002, at the State Council in Havana, where Castro, Carter and their respective delegations met for a working meeting. Carter was on a five-day visit to Cuba, invited by Castro. (Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama’s decision to change U.S. policy on Cuba comes after a half century of icy relations.

Putin Vows To Fix Russian Economy

December 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on December 18, 2014. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to ease the country’s economic woes by diversifying its heavy reliance on oil and gas.

Anger, Worry In Hollywood As Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’

December 18, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP)

U.S. officials now believe with “99 percent certainty” that the North Korean government was behind the hacking attack on Sony.

FIFA Ethics Investigator Resigns In Protest

December 18, 2014
FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia delivers a speech during the 64th FIFA congress on June 11, 2014 in Sao Paulo, on the eve of the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Garcia was tasked with looking into corruption in the bidding process to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

A Stunning Shift In U.S.-Cuban Relations

December 18, 2014
This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP)

Following months of secret talks the US will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than fifty years.

Fleeing Salvadoran Gangs, A Months-Long Journey To Boston

December 18, 2014
Lisette, left, is seeking asylum in the U.S. She fled El Salvador, with a daughter, on July 12, and arrived at Boston's South Station, where she was embraced by her aunt, on Oct. 7. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Facing gang threats, Lisette and her daughter left El Salvador in June, hoping for asylum in America. In early October, they made it to Boston. We trace their long journey.

Map: Fleeing From El Salvador To Mass.

December 18, 2014
GOP Campaigns Securing the Border

Trace Lisette’s thousands-of-miles-long journey from El Salvador to Massachusetts.

Worries Rise In Russia As Ruble Falls

December 17, 2014
A man holds a laptop in a mall in central Moscow on December 15, 2014. The slumping ruble has unleashed a spending spree as consumers snap up electronics, furniture and cars before prices soar. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

The slumping ruble has unleashed a spending spree, as consumers snap up electronics, furniture and cars before prices soar.

The Man Behind The School Attack In Pakistan

December 17, 2014
This frame grab taken from 2008 video footage shows Maulana Fazlullah of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, speaking with local journalists in the Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley. The Pakistani Taliban on November 7, 2013, elected Maulana Fazlullah as their new chief. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The leader of the Pakistani Taliban is a man named Maulana Fazlullah, but he’s better known as “Mullah Radio.”

Movie Theatres Drop Plans To Run ‘The Interview’

December 17, 2014
Seth Rogen, James Franco and Randall Park are pictured on the set of "The Interview." (Sony Pictures)

Security fears spurred Sony to let theater chains cancel showings of the movie, which is about a CIA plot to kill North Korea’s leader.

2014 In Sports: The World Cup, Sochi And NFL Scandals

December 17, 2014
Germany's Andre Schuerrle, left, celebrates scoring his side's 6th goal as Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar reacts during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  Germany went on to win the World Cup championship later that month. (AP)

From the Sochi Olympics and Ray Rice to Lebron’s return to Cleveland, we’ll unpack a big year in sports.

A Deadly Taliban Attack On A Pakistani School

December 17, 2014
Relatives of a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, mourn over her lifeless body at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months. (AP)

The Taliban take responsibility for killing more than 100 Pakistani schoolchildren. We ask why there, why now.

Gang Violence Is Why Most Children Flee El Salvador, Survey Finds

December 17, 2014
Forensic workers lift the body of an alleged gang member into the bed of a truck in San Salvador, El Salvador, on March 7, 2014. (Esteban Felix/AP)

There are a number of reasons children give for leaving the Central American nation. But the predominant reason is escaping gang violence.

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