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Poll: Majority of Americans favor diplomatic ties with Cuba

But they're not sure how far to go in lifting sanctions, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Monday as full diplomatic relations between the two countries were formally restored.

"Relations between Cuba and the U.S. I think are long overdue. There's no threat there," said Alex Bega, 30, of Los Angeles. "I think the sanctions we have on them are pretty much obsolete."

Hungary's tax chief resigns, suspected by US of corruption

The ministry said Ildiko Vida's term of office ended Monday. It praised her work but said a new, more "client friendly" era is starting at the tax office.

Vida was one of six Hungarians banned from entering the U.S. because of suspected links to corruption. The U.S. government never named those people but Vida made public in November that she and colleagues from the tax office were on the list. She denied any wrongdoing.

Cuban flag to hang in State Dep't lobby as embassies reopen

State Department spokesman John Kirby says the flag will be hung early Monday morning before a ceremony to mark the re-opening of the Cuban embassy in Washington and the restoration of full diplomatic ties. 

The department's lobby features the flags of more than 150 other countries placed in alphabetical order. Cuba falls between Croatia and Cyprus in that arrangement.

Later on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry will meet at the department with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez after which they will hold a joint news conference, Kirby said.

House Dem leader Pelosi backs Iran nuclear deal

Pelosi expressed her backing for the accord at a news conference Thursday morning on Capitol Hill.

The Obama administration has launched a full-court press to win over skeptical Democrats in Congress, and Pelosi's support is a key gain.

By law, the administration must submit the deal to Congress, which has 60 days to review the pact and vote to approve, disapprove or remain silent.

US offers full support to Mexico to capture drug lord

The White House says U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke with Mexico's attorney general on Sunday. That's the day after Guzman escaped from a maximum-security prison through a tunnel, setting off a massive manhunt.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the U.S. government is offering its full support to Mexico. He's pointing out that Guzman has also been charged with serious crimes in the U.S.

Iran pushes for end to arms embargo in nuke deal

Speaking on the eve of a belated target date for a complete agreement, a senior Iranian official said his country and the six world powers it is negotiating with are also working on a U.N. resolution that endorses any future nuclear deal.

Lifting the arms embargo would be separate from a long-term accord that foresees limits on Iran's nuclear programs in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic. 

US, Cuba reach agreement to open embassies

President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The Cuban Foreign Ministry said the embassies in Washington and Havana would open July 20.

The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the re-establishment of embassies following a surprise December announcement that secret talks had led to an agreement to restart diplomatic relations.

VIDEO: Tens of thousands celebrate legalisation of same-sex marriage

In New York City, organisers said approximately 22,000 took to the streets, while in San Francisco, organisers put the number at 26,000.

A couple got married in Chicago, Illinois on a float in front of huge crowds after winning a contest.

Iraqi pilot flew military plane that crashed in Arizona

"We have no word yet on his fate or the reason behind the crash," Brig. Gen. Tahseen Ibrahim told The Associated Press. "We are in contact with the Americans to get more details."

Ibrahim confirmed the pilot is Brig. Gen. Rafid Mohammed Hassan but said the pilot's fate still is not known. He said the rescue operation is difficult because the plane hit a gas pipeline in a rural area.

South Carolina church shooting: Nine killed in Charleston

City police chief Gregory Mullen said eight of the victims were killed inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Thursday evening, while another person died shortly afterwards.

Police are now searching for a white male suspect in his 20s.

"I do believe it was a hate crime," Mr Mullen said.