The U.S. Eases Restrictions on Cuba

For the first time in decades, Americans will be able to make unlimited trips to Cuba and the 1.5 million Americans with family in the communist country will be allowed to send money back to their families. The Obama administration announced the new policies today to try to eliminate some of the dependence of Cubans on the Castro regime, MSNBC.

Two people have been killed in Thai protests. Anti-government protests have been occurring for days now and violence between protesters and police is worsening. Today, protesters set cars on fire, a government building was torched, and Molotov cocktails have been used, Sky News. In pictures: Thai crackdown, BBC News.

A fire in a Polish hostel for homeless people has killed at least 21 people and injured dozens more. Despite the fast response from fire trucks, witnesses say the fire took over the three-story building rapidly. The hostel housed  people who were waiting for housing by the government, and some victims were there to visit family, BBC News.

In good economic news for a change, Goldman Sachs has posted a $1.8 profit for the first quarter of 2009. The company has received $10 billion from the government and vows to pay them back, with the profit being a good step in fulfilling that promise, Wa Po.

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