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US policy change leaves Cuban migrants stranded

"Wet foot, dry foot" policy that created a path to legal residency for thousands of Cubans was abruptly ended.

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Federal probe finds pattern of abuse by Chicago Police

Chicago police routinely violated the civil rights of people, the US justice department says in a report.

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Cold weather kills 180,000 alpacas in Peru

Unseasonably low temperatures and drought responsible for the animals’ deaths.

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Week of anti-Trump protests kick off in Washington, DC

US civil rights organisations rally against racism and in support of peace and public healthcare, among other causes.

Civil rights activists march

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Obama ends special immigration policy for Cubans

President ends decades-old policy that allowed Cuban migrants who reached US soil illegally to stay.

Cubans

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A rare murder-free day recorded in El Salvador

One of the world’s deadliest countries recorded its first day without a single killing since January 2015.

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Donald Trump picks Mattis and Pompeo take aim at Russia

Remarks at confirmation hearings are the latest by Donald Trump's cabinet picks moving away from pre-election rhetoric.

James Mattis

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US Republicans take first step to scrap Obamacare

The resolution instructs committees of the House and Senate to draft repeal legislation by a target date of January 27.

House of Representatives

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Obama's final speech: 'We rise or fall as one'

Outgoing president calls on supporters to defend his legacy and reminds Americans they are on the same team.

Obama's final speech

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Daniel Ortega sworn in as president for third time

Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo become the first married couple to hold office in Nicaragua's history.

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