In Washington, the House of Representatives passed a compromise budget deal that preserves tax cuts for most Americans. The deal prevented drastic automatic spending cuts and tax increases going into effect.
The Cuban leader has said his country will not go off course simply because of renewed ties with the United States. He also warned Cubans to be "alert" to the influence of their neighbors to the north.
Barack Obama has gone to the Gulf after weeks of tense back and forth with the Saudi government. The longstanding allies' relations have soured over the Iran nuclear deal and controversial legislation about September 11.
A new US law to curb corporate tax avoidance has scuppered a merger between drugmakers Pfizer and Allergan as it foiled Pfizer's attempt to slash its tax bill by redomiciling to Ireland where Allergan is registered.
Hundreds have flocked to the US Capitol to protest against the corrupting role of money in politics, prompting mass arrests. Rising inequality has increasingly become a political issue ahead of presidential election.
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