Argentina passes controversial pension reforms amid ongoing violent protests

 12/19/2017 - 12:52
A woman shouts in front of members the Argentinean Federal Police, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec. 18, 2017.

Lawmakers in Argentina's parliament on Tuesday voted narrowly in favor of a controversial package of pension reforms backed by the president amid a 24-hour general strike and violent protests from opponents who warn the cuts will leave senior citizens and retirees worse off.

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Russia taking advantage of failed US-Cuba thaw to boost links with island

 12/18/2017 - 13:12
A man cleans an old US car in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 17, 2017.

The hope engendered three years ago by the announcement of the normalization of Cuba-US relations after almost six decades of enmity is now a distant memory, given US President Donald Trump"s hostility toward Havana, and Russia has been taking full advantage of the situation to reestablish its influence on the communist island.

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Power outage halts Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson, the world's busiest airport

 12/18/2017 - 09:42
Passengers affected by a widespread power outage wait in long lines at the International Terminal of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 17 December 2017.

Atlanta International Airport was resuming normal operation early Monday, hours after an outage unleashed havoc on travelers around the country, leading to hundreds of flight cancellations during one of the most hectic travel periods of the year, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswire.

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