World Briefs : US and Cuba restore diplomatic ties

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement on Cuba in Vienna, Austria, on July 1, 2015.
US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a statement on Cuba in Vienna, Austria, on July 1, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

US and Cuba restore diplomatic ties

WASHINGTON• The US and Cuba have reached a deal to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, in a major step towards ending decades of Cold War enmity.

But the island is still subject to a US trade embargo put in place in 1962 and there is fierce opposition to lifting the embargo from Republican lawmakers.

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Liberia confirms second Ebola case

MONROVIA• Liberia confirmed a second case of Ebola on Tuesday just a day after the authorities said they had detected a new case of the deadly virus previously thought to have been eliminated from the West African country.

Once at the centre of the worst recorded Ebola epidemic in history, Liberia was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation on May 9 after 42 days with no new infections. REUTERS


Nuclear watchdog chief in Iran for talks

VIENNA• The United Nations atomic watchdog's chief was to meet President Hassan Rouhani and other senior Iranian officials in Teheran today over a stalled nuclear bomb probe, a key sticking point in talks with major powers about Iran's nuclear programme.

International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano aims to accelerate the resolution of all outstanding issues related to Iran's nuclear programme, including clarification of possible military dimensions, according to a spokesman.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2015, with the headline 'WorldBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe