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First US-Cuba museum exchange in 5 decades

Key West Museum of Fine ArtsSandra Ramos has never wanted to emigrate from Cuba, but in her more than four decades on the island, she has seen many people leave.

Their absence resonates throughout her work. The image of her as a 10-year-old is plastered behind a wall of palm trees, trapped on the island. In another piece, her school girl's body lies across a gaping space in the middle of a bridge, trying to connect two separate lands.

"It's a perspective on immigration from those who stay," Ramos said.

Now, Ramos and other Cuban artists, all of whom were raised on the island and have launched international careers from there, are exhibiting their works in Key West. Organizers say it is the first exchange between Cuban and U.S. museums in more than five decades.

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Ukraine peace deal signed, opens way for early election

UkraineUkraine's opposition leaders signed an EU-mediated peace deal with President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday, aiming to resolve a political crisis in which dozens have been killed and opening the way for an early presidential election this year.

Under pressure to quit from mass demonstrations in Kiev, Russian-backed Yanukovich made a series of concessions to his pro-European opponents, including a national unity government and constitutional change to reduce his powers, as well as bringing forward the poll.

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Ukrainian truce falters; 60 dead

Ukraine protestsGunfire in Kiev's Independence Square Thursday shattered a truce declared hours earlier between the Ukrainian government and anti-government protesters.

According to the chief of the National Resistance Headquarters' medical service Sviatoslav Khanenko, more than 60 people were killed on Thursday with the number of casualties expected to rise.

Speaking through the Svoboda party faction's press service, the medical service chief described the attack by government forces:

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High Court: Detention of Glenn Greenwald's partner was lawful

David MirandaThree high court judges have dismissed a challenge that David Miranda, the partner of the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was unlawfully detained under counter-terrorism powers for nine hours at Heathrow airport last August.

The judges accepted that Miranda's detention and the seizure of computer material was "an indirect interference with press freedom" but said this was justified by legitimate and "very pressing" interests of national security.

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Obama begins Mexico summit with orders lowering trade barriers

Mexico trade dealBarack Obama begins a North American summit in Mexico on Wednesday with a gesture of defiance toward allies in Congress who are hampering his ability to negotiate controversial trade liberalisation agreements.

In the latest in a series of so-called executive actions promised in his state of the union address, the US president will sign new measures to speed up imports and exports for businesses by reducing bureaucratic barriers.

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Canada: Catholic Church still owes money for Indian Schools settlement

AHFThe Canadian government says the Catholic Church is stonewalling on millions of dollars in restitution to former students at church schools for Indians.

The church was part of a 2006 settlement over abuse of Indian students at residential schools, 70 percent of them Catholic-run. While most of the money was to come from the government, the churches that operated schools also agreed to pay millions of dollars.

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Edward Snowden elected as rector of Glasgow University

Edward SnowdenIntelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has been elected to the post of student rector at Glasgow University.

The former US National Security Agency contractor fled from his homeland last May after revealing extensive details of internet and phone surveillance. He is currently staying in Russia where he has temporary asylum.

The rector is the students' elected representative. Mr Snowden succeeds the Liberal Democrat's former leader Charles Kennedy.

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