The U.S. will open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, officials said.
The American contractor had been held since December 2009, when Cuba said he had been found with communications equipment that would allow unfettered Internet access.
In homage to Pope Francis' Argentinian roots, a flash mob of tango dancers showed their moves during his birthday celebration.
Taliban members stormed a Pakistan military-run school Tuesday killing 84 students in the northwestern city of Peshawar, a Pakistani official said.
President Obama seems to be putting Republican critics on notice that he will use his last two years in office to pursue his earlier campaign promises.
The doctor has been among the hardest nominees for Obama to get confirmed.
NASA says a team has produced the first-ever estimate of the amount of water necessary to end an episode of drought.