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Pope's Latin American brains trust was behind Cuba deal

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Argentine Pope Francis and a trio of top Vatican officials who helped broker the historic deal between the United States and Cuba represent an unprecedented brain trust in Latin American affairs at the Holy See.

Business

ECB will not hesitate to act if needed, Praet says

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank will not hesitate to act if needed, ECB Executive Board member Peter Praet said in an opinion piece on Friday, touching on the possibility of the central bank buying sovereign bonds.

Entertainment

U.S. court backs $2.1 million copyright award for song 'Whoomp!'

TEXARKANA, Texas (Reuters) - The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has upheld a $2.1 million jury award in a copyright infringement case involving the 1993 hit rap song "Whoomp! (There It Is)."

Life

After tsunami, fishermen struggle against tide of tourism in Thailand

THUNG WA, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After the tsunami pounded Thailand’s Andaman Sea coast a decade ago, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities that have lived here for generations buried their dead, fought off land grabs to rebuild their homes, and - surprisingly - sighed in relief.

Sports

BayernLB sues Ecclestone for damages over Formula One sale

MUNICH (Reuters) - German state-backed lender BayernLB [BAYLB.UL] is suing Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone for millions of euros in damages in connection with his involvement in the 2006 sale of its stake in the motor racing business.

Technology

FBI concludes North Korean government responsible for Sony cyber attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday blamed North Korea for the devastating cyberattack against Sony Pictures, formally acknowledging the involvement of the Pyongyang government and saying the tools and infrastructure used in the attack were similar to previous activity from North Korea.

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