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U.S., Cuba restoring diplomatic ties after 54 yearsDjokovic reaches 3rd round of Wimbledon after early scare (Yahoo Sports)

DeLaurentis talks to Medina in HavanaBy Daniel Trotta and Matt Spetalnick HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama affirmed to Cuban President Raul Castro their decision to restore diplomatic relations and said the former Cold War enemies could reopen embassies in each other's capitals beginning July 20, the Caribbean country said on Wednesday. Cuba's foreign ministry cited a letter, which Obama addressed to Castro, that it received from the senior U.S. diplomat in Havana.


Maria Sharapova of Russia wraps a towel around her neck as she is sheltered from the sun during a break from play of the singles match against Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Down a break at 3-1 in the first set, defending champion Novak Djokovic came to life and reasserted his dominance on a sweltering day at Wimbledon. Running off 13 points in a row, Djokovic seized command and stayed in front the rest of the way on Centre Court as he beat Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the third round of Wimbledon on one of the hottest days ever at the All England Club. ''At the beginning of the match, he came out firing some incredible shots,'' Djokovic said.


Militants attack Egyptian army checkpoints in Sinai, kill 53AP Source: Bucks give Middleton 5 years, $70 million (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 12, 2013 file photo, Egyptian Army soldiers patrol in an armored vehicle backed by a helicopter gunship during a sweep through villages in Sheikh Zuweyid, north Sinai, Egypt. Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least tens of soldiers, security and military officials said.(AP Photo, File)Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said.


MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 30: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks handles the ball against the Chicago Bulls in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2015 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have reached agreement with restricted free agent Khris Middleton on a five-year, $70 million contract. The Bucks and Middleton came to agreement early Wednesday, a few hours after the free agent market opened. Middleton's breakout was one of the main factors in the Bucks becoming one of the surprise teams in the league last year.


Markets rally on report Greece accepts creditor termsUS heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany (Yahoo Sports)

Protesters wave Greek and EU flags during a pro-Euro rally in front of the parliament building, in AthensLONDON (Reuters) - Eurozone stocks and peripheral bonds rallied on Wednesday, extending gains after a report that Greece was ready to accept most conditions from its international creditors in order to reach a deal over its debt crisis.


United States' Alex Morgan (13) and goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) salute the crowd after the U.S. team defeated Germany 2-0 in a semifinal in the Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans. Lloyd's penalty kick got the United States on the board, and the Americans went on to a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany in the semifinals of the Women's World Cup on Tuesday night. Lloyd's penalty kick in the 69th minute went into the right side of the goal less than 10 minutes after Celia Sasic shot wide on a penalty kick for Germany.


Christie’s New Hampshire marathon beginsAP Source: Leonard, Spurs agree on parameters of 5-year deal (Yahoo Sports)


LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 2: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2015 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kawhi Leonard is going to be a fixture for the San Antonio Spurs for years to come. Leonard agreed to the basic parameters of a five-year contract to stay with the Spurs early Wednesday, a deal that could be worth $90 million according to a person with direct knowledge of the agreement. Keeping Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, is the first of many things the Spurs hope to accomplish in the coming days.


Official: Fire at South Carolina black church wasn't arsonSale ties strikeout record, White Sox edge Cardinals in 11th (Yahoo Sports)

Fire at South Carolina black church wasn't arson: sourceA church that was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995 caught fire again Tuesday night.


Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Chris Sale forced another avalanche of swings and misses. The Chicago White Sox lefty matched a major league record by striking out at least 10 in eight straight starts. ''I got to do a few things I normally don't do,'' Sale said after the White Sox outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in 11 innings on a home run by Tyler Flowers.




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    Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

    Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.

    Living Wages Are A Global Problem

    The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

    Ukraine: Not What It Seems

    After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

    In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder

    In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.

    Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

    The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

     

     
     
     
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