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January 24, 2015

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UNITED STATES-CUBA

HAVANA — After a euphoric month that left Americans dreaming of holidays in Havana and Cubans imagining U.S. products at their corner stores, the first real effort at forging a new era was sobering: Much bitter disagreement still stands in the way of normal relations. By Bradley Klapper and Michael Weissenstein.

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OBAMA-BATTLE LINES

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama wants to stay relevant until the end of his historic presidency. But the Republicans are in power in Congress, and are determined to show it. The battle lines were drawn this past week for the final two years of Obama’s term, with neither side able to claim the upper hand. By Steven R. Hurst.

UNITED STATES-THAILAND

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is sending its highest-level diplomatic visitor to Thailand since last year’s military coup although a return to democracy there remains a distant prospect. By Matthew Pennington.

UNITED STATES-INDIA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will seek to leverage his burgeoning bond with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economic ties as he opens a three-day visit to New Delhi. By Julie Pace and Muneeza Naqvi.

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VENEZUELA-OPPOSITION HOTBED

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela — San Cristobal was the crucible of student-led unrest that spread last year and provoked clashes that left 43 people dead. While the streets are calmer now, tension is building as the anniversary of the uprising nears. By Jacobo G. Garcia.

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With: VENEZUELA-PRESIDENTIAL VISIT.

ARGENTINA-PROSECUTOR KILLED

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The 10 police officers assigned to protect a federal prosecutor who accused Argentina’s president of shielding Iranians sought in a terrorist bombing are being investigated for their actions on the day the prosecutor was found shot dead. By Almudena Calatrava.

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MEXICO-UNIVERSITY THREAT

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — A university campus in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo has been closed for more than a week due to threats and attempted extortion by gangsters. By Alfredo Pena.

BUSINESS:

EARNS-MCDONALD’S

NEW YORK — The world’s largest hamburger chain reports falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back. This includes slowing down new restaurant openings in some markets. By Michelle Chapman.

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CARIBBEAN-PONZI SCHEMER

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A Jamaican financier convicted of running a Ponzi scheme that bilked $220 million from thousands of investors across the Caribbean and central Florida has been released from prison in the Turks & Caicos Islands, officials say. By David McFadden.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-SUNDNACE-FIRST LOOK-THE HUNTING GROUND

PARK CITY, Utah — The campus rape epidemic is given a face, dozens of them in fact, in “The Hunting Ground,” director Kirby Dick’s sobering investigation into the systematic silencing of sexual assault victims which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. By Lindsey Bahr.

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SPORTS:

RIO 2016-DIRTY WATER

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro will not make good on its Olympic pledge to slash the flow of raw sewage and garbage into the Guanabara Bay, where the 2016 games’ sailing and wind surfing competitions are to be held, the state’s top environmental official acknowledges. By Jenny Barchfield.

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With: BRAZIL-WATER SHORTAGES.

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