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Havana, Here We Come

Passengers set sail from Miami on an historic cruise to Cuba, the first in decades to depart from a U.S. port. The cruise comes after Cuba loosened its policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving to the country by sea

Civilians gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Samawa, south of Baghdad, May 1, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

ISIS Bombing Brings Iraq Protests to a Halt

Two car bombs in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah killed 31 people and wounded dozens, the latest in a series of large attacks claimed by the militant group ISIS, as the country grapples with a worsening political crisis

FILE - In this April 27, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a campaign stop in Indianapolis. Trump has a Plan B on campaign money, and it involves the sort of outside groups that he has called "corrupt." While the political newcomer might lock up the Republican presidential nomination in the next six weeks of voting, he and his allies are simultaneously mounting a public pressure campaign in case he falls short and finds himself at a contested convention this summer in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Trump Up Big in Indiana Poll

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is enjoying a large advantage in Indiana ahead of the state's pivotal May 3 primary, according to a new poll. The survey shows the billionaire Trump leading Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 15 points


Bodies of Himalayan Climbers Found After 16 Years

The families of renowned climbers Alex Lowe and David Bridges received some closure last week when the remains of both men were finally found 16 years after they were killed by a Himalayan avalanche, according to the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation's website

Greenpeace activists mount a banner on a house during a demonstration against Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade agreement ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit in Hannover, Germany April 23, 2016. REUTERS/Nigel Treblin - RTX2BB3U

Trouble for Obama in Europe

President Obama insists that the free-trade agreement known as TTIP would make life easier for U.S. and European businesses. But so far, the the wall of secrecy around the deal has mostly made people angry and confused

Last Circus Elephants

Elephants Perform at Ringling Bros. Circus for Last Time

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus bid farewell to its performing elephants, as the show closed its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights activists


Hindu Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

Three men in Bangladesh have been arrested for allegedly hacking a Hindu man to death over the weekend, the latest in what is a series of murders by fundamentalists claiming to represent militant groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia walk from Marine One to board Air Force One upon their departure from O'Hare Airport in Chicago April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTSE37V

Malia Obama Is Going to Harvard—After a Year Off

President Obama's older daughter Malia will attend Harvard University after first taking a gap year, the White House said. The brief statement did not say what the 17-year-old will be doing during the time off

The Junglebook

The Jungle Book Is Still Box Office King

Not even three new wide releases could dethrone the king of the jungle. The Jungle Book spent its third weekend at the top of the box office, earning an estimated $42.4 million. Keanu couldn't touch Disney’s epic tale

United States President Barack Obama smiles during the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington.This is President Obama's eighth and final White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Credit: Olivier Douliery / Pool via CNP - NO WIRE SERVICE - Photo by: Olivier Douliery/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Obama Zings Trump at Correspondents' Dinner

President Obama made fun of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, CNN, his age, and much more during his final appearance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Trump, especially became the punchline for a barrage of stinging jokes

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s New Way to Cop to Criticism

The Democratic presidential front-runner has long resisted the kind of public mea culpas that could be seen as bowing to critics who have spent years trying to derail her. But her recent responses suggest a new approach for a general election