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US-Cuba Reconciliation Elicits Mixed Reactions From Hispanic American Christian Leaders; Cuba's Human Rights Problem Point of Contention

Christian leaders in America have expressed both concern and hope at news of historic plans to normalize diplomatic relationships between the U.S. and Cuba. Some political leaders have also suggested that Cuba has not shown enough progress in human rights to justify easing economic restrictions.

Ruth Sheehan

Waiting 7 Years, 19 Guatemalan Children Still in Orphanages Hoping to Unite With Adoptive Families; Bipartisan Group of US Senators Urge Action

While progress has been made in finalizing some of the adoptions of Guatemalans adopted by American parents before intercountry adoptions were shut down in 2008, 19 children remain in orphanages waiting to join their families. A bipartisan group of 19 U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Guatemalan ambassador, urging his government to allow those kids to be raised by their family.

Senate Report Reveals CIA Used Nudity, Cold Water Dousing on Detainees; Minority Report Argues Methods 'Saved Lives'

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters building in McLean, Virginia, is shown in this August 14, 2008 file photo. The Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing to release a report on the CIA\'s anti-terrorism tactics December 9, 2014 and U.S. Officials moved t

A major report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA's advanced interrogation techniques in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. revealed that the agency used methods on detainees including nudity, cold water dousing, and abdominal hits. While the head of the intelligence panel admitted that some of the cases amounted to "torture," a rebuttal report argued that the methods "saved lives."