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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

What will change in Cuba?

The recent improvement in U.S., Cuba relations may open the country up to fast food, American cars and much more.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nate Silver: Don't expect a backlash to ending the Cuba embargo

Few people, including Cuban-Americans in Florida, favor the embargo.

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT

President Obama addresses U.S., Cuba relations

President Obama spoke regarding the U.S., Cuba diplomatic relations. The President enters the video at 26:30.

NEW YORK TIMES

Interactive map traces world migration patterns

An interactive map to monitor global migration patterns.

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

Police storm Sydney cafe to end hostage situation

There are so far no firm numbers of injuries or deaths at the scene where a man, identified as Man Haron Monis, took an unknown number of civilians hostage Monday morning in Sydney, Australia.

THE GUARDIAN (UK)

Uruguay takes in 6 Guantanamo prisoners

The South American country agreed to offer asylum to the men, all of whom have been cleared for release since at least 2010.

Japanese nationalists rabidly seek to punish those who revealed comfort women issue

The prime minister sees an opportunity to erase Japan's embarrassment about World War II activities. 

NEW YORK TIMES

Nuclear deal with Iran may take a little longer

There's a deadline for action next week, but an extension and a deal early next year appear likely.

POLITICO

Russians say they will stop joint work on securing nuclear stockpiles

The move could end a signature program of post-Cold War cooperation.

NEW YORK TIMES

Missed the comet landing? See it as a live animation replay

A wacky but brilliant look at the first landing of a spacecraft on a comet.

GIZMODO
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