• Kiev, rebels exchange POWs; trains, buses to Crimea suspended

    By Pavel Polityuk and Alessandra Prentice KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists on Friday exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war while Kiev said it would suspend all train and bus service to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region.…

  • After turbulent 2014, next year may be no calmer

    By Peter Apps NEW YORK (Reuters) - From financial crisis in Russia to cyber warfare with North Korea, 2014 has generated new flashpoints right into its final days, setting 2015 up to be just as turbulent. Almost all of the major confrontations, such as the battle with Islamic State militants, the…

  • Russia says to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine

    MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Russian officials said on Saturday. The move comes a day after Kiev said it would…

  • Facebook apologizes for 'Year in Review,' Twitter sees 'war on Christmas'

    Does it ever feel like Facebook is doing its desperate best to keep you engaged? Urging you to connect with new “friends,” play online games, watch puppy videos, follow “trends” (like actor Patrick Stewart reacting to a singing Christmas hat).

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  • Woman gives birth on Philadelphia train: Kids are born in the darndest places

    There are few better Christmas gifts than a holiday baby. The parents of one bundle of joy were caught off-guard when their baby boy decided to make his first appearance in the world on an subway train in Philadelphia.

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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders to run for president? A Ross Perot of the left, perhaps

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) of Vermont has announced that he will wait until March to decide how much of an annoyance to Hillary Rodham Clinton he wants to be.

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  • Erasing borders of the mind

    Despite President Obama’s new effort to warm relations with Cuba, tourism from the US to that Caribbean island nation is still banned, a policy that only Congress can change.

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  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Snow, ice sweep Europe, stranding drivers

    LONDON (AP) — Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe on Saturday, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain.

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  • Syria ready to discuss Russia peace plan talks, opposition dismissive

    By Oliver Holmes and Omar Fahmy BEIRUT/CAIRO (Reuters) - Syria said on Saturday it was willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting talks next year to end its civil war but the Western-backed opposition dismissed the initiative. Two rounds of peace talks this…

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  • Swedish centre-left do eight-year deal with opposition to avert snap election

    By Daniel Dickson and Johan Sennero STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's three-month-old minority centre-left government announced a deal with the opposition on Saturday to sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament, and avert a fresh election. Sweden's…

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  • Wanted extremist leader surrenders in Somalia

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday.

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  • Top Asian News at 4:30 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview" and compared President Barack Obama to a monkey. The North has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures, but has expressed fury…

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  • At least 8 killed in Brazil bus crash

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Authorities say at least eight people are dead after a passenger bus plunged into a ravine while trying to avoid an oncoming truck in southeastern Brazil.

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  • Emperor holds court in Welsh National

    Chepstow (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Trainer Venetia Williams, one of only two women to train the winner of the Grand National, sent out Emperor's Choice to win Saturday's Welsh National at Chepstow.

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  • Somali Islamist with $3 million U.S. bounty on head surrenders - government source

    By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A leader of Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, who has a $3 million U.S. bounty on his head, has surrendered, a Somali government source and local media said on Saturday. Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi was one of seven al Shabaab leaders for whom the…

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  • Two dead in Turkey's southeast as Islamists, Kurds clash

    DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Two people died and three others were wounded on Saturday in clashes between Islamists and Kurdish youths in Turkey's southeastern town of Cizre, the government said. Security sources said clashes erupted after midnight between members of the Islamist Free Cause Party…

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  • Guyana police arrest man suspected of killing 3

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Police in Guyana say they have arrested a man suspected of recently killing three people with a machete, including a 9-year-old girl.

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