Celebrations as US-Cuba ties thaw

Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday's breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana.

Palestine presents peace deal to UN

The Palestinians on Wednesday presented a draft UN resolution laying out terms for a final peace deal with Israel but sought to avoid a clash with the United States by saying they were open to negotiations on the text.

Donkey dies after being sat on

An overweight man was on Wednesday charged with animal abuse in southern Spain after a young donkey died three days after he sat on it at an outdoor Nativity scene.

American jailed for helping Al-Qaeda

A naturalized American was jailed for 15 years in Miami on Wednesday for conspiring to provide thousands of dollars to Al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Syria and Somalia, US justice officials said.