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No Obama-Netanyahu Meeting During March Visit

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The White House says U.S. President Barack Obama will not meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli leader visits Washington in early March to speak to a joint session of Congress.

A National Security Council spokeswoman said Thursday that as a "matter of long-standing practice and principle," the president does not meet with “heads of state or candidates” in close proximity to their elections.

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US, Cuba Discuss Reopening Embassies

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The United States and Cuba are holding a second day of talks in Havana aimed at restoring diplomatic relations after more than 50 years.  

Both delegations sat opposite one another at separate tables as meetings resumed Thursday morning. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson is leading the U.S. team, and representing Cuba is director of U.S. affairs Josefina Vidal.

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North Korean Leader to Visit Russia in May

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Russia says North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong Un will visit Moscow in May to commemorate the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

The visit, confirmed to VOA by the press office of the Russian presidency, will be Kim's first foreign trip since taking power in 2011.

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Yemen in Turmoil as President Resigns

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Yemen's political future remained uncertain Friday, with parliament reportedly planning to decide Sunday whether to accept the resignation of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

President Hadi, Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and his Cabinet tendered their resignations Thursday, days after Houthi militia besieged key government positions in the capital, demanding changes to a draft constitution.

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UN: Ukraine Fighting Deadliest in Months

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The U.N. Human Rights Office says the current fighting in eastern Ukraine is the deadliest since the government and Russian-backed rebels declared a cease-fire on September 5. The agency reports at least 262 people were killed between January 13-21- an average of 29 people a day.  

The U.N. Human Rights Office reports more than 5,000 people have been killed since the conflict in eastern Ukraine began in mid-April. It says this figure is probably greatly underestimated and fears the true number of people killed is considerably higher.  

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Saudi King Abdullah Laid to Rest

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New Saudi King Salman is pledging to continue the policies of his half brother, the late King Abdullah, who was buried Friday in the capital, Riyadh.

Abdullah, who died early Friday after a long illness, was laid to rest in an unmarked grave following a simple ceremony attended by the Arab and Muslim world's top leaders. One of the world's few absolute monarchs, he was believed to have been 90 and recently had been hospitalized with a lung infection.

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US-led Coalition to Discuss Progress in IS Fight

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond are hosting a meeting Thursday in London to discuss progress and strategies for an international coalition working to defeat the Islamic State group.

A senior U.S. State Department official said about 20 coalition members are taking part in the talks, including French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

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