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  • Raul Castro warns U.S. against meddling in Cuba's affairs

    By Enrique Pretel SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Cuba will not accept any interference from the United States, President Raul Castro said on Wednesday, warning that meddling in its internal affairs would make rapprochement between the two countries "meaningless." His comments came after U.S. Assistant…

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  • Russia says Kiev's actions will escalate Ukraine fighting

    By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday military action by the Ukrainian government would prompt an "inevitable further escalation of the conflict" with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and undermine any peacemaking. Russia has stepped up criticism of Kiev since…

  • Owner of gun that killed Argentine prosecutor emerges from hiding

    By Sarah Marsh BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The man who lent an Argentine prosecutor the gun that killed him the day before he was to testify in Congress about allegations against the president emerged from hiding on Wednesday, saying the investigator feared for his family's life. The prosecutor's…

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  • Hezbollah strikes back at Israel: Why escalation is not inevitable

    Wednesday's strike drew Israeli retaliation, but analysts suggested both sides were aiming for restraint. Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon targeted an Israeli convoy in a heavily militarized border region northwest of the Golan Heights with six anti-tank missiles, killing two soldiers, wounding…

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  • Frank Pasquale unravels the new machine age of algorithms and bots

    This is an excerpt of a story from Passcode, the Monitor's new section on security and privacy. Read the full article here. I recently spoke with Pasquale about his new book and about how algorithms play a major role in our everyday lives — from what we see and don't see on the Web, to how…

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  • Transparency International battles corruption worldwide

    When Carmela, a middle-aged woman in a makeshift homeless settlement in Venezuela, witnessed her grown son being beaten and dragged out of his apartment by the police, she knew that arranging for his freedom would be a difficult task. She spoke with a community leader who directed her to…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Nigerian Army missing in action amid Boko Haram terror surge

    Many villagers were forced to flee after waiting in vain for Nigerian troops to come to their aid, as has become the norm. The absence of security forces in villages and towns across northeastern Nigeria has long frustrated those who live in the region. The Army also struggles with a lack of…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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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  • Guinea, Mali coaches say drawing lots unfair

    The coaches of Mali and Guinea Wednesday criticised drawing lots to decide which country reaches the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. A 1-1 draw in Mongomo between the west African countries left them joint runners-up behind Ivory Coast in Group D, level on points, goal difference and goals…

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  • Italy hails 'turning point' in battle against 'Ndrangheta mafia

    Italian police on Wednesday ordered the arrest of more than 160 alleged members of the 'Ndrangheta mafia in what prosecutors and politicians hailed as a historic setback for the group behind much of Europe's cocaine trade. More than 40 arrests were made in Calabria, the secretive crime group's…

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  • Hollande urges Turkey to 'break taboos' on Armenia WWI killings

    Paris (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday called on Turkey to take new steps towards the "truth" behind the mass killings of Armenians a century ago, saying "it is time to break the taboos".

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  • Amla, Rossouw set up big win for South Africa

    Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw both hit centuries for the second time in the series to set up a 131-run win for South Africa in the fifth and final one-day international at SuperSport Park on Wednesday. Amla made 133 and Rossouw powered his way to 132 in a South African total of 361 for five in an…

    AFP25 mins ago
  • Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.

    Associated Press34 mins ago
  • Rights groups rap Mexico for declaring 43 students dead

    Human rights groups criticized Mexico's government on Wednesday for concluding that 43 students missing since September were killed, saying it was premature because unanswered questions remain in the case. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International issued separate statements questioning the…

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  • Israel: UN must live up to mission of war against genocide

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of Israel is urging nations to wage an all-out war against genocide saying "the Holocaust of the Jews was not the final chapter in the brutal scheme of man against his fellow man."

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  • Hugo Almeida signs for Russia's Kuban

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Kuban Krasnodar says it has signed Portugal striker Hugo Almeida after he was released by Serie A side Cesena.

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  • No military solution to Libyan crisis: African Union

    Ending conflict in Libya can only be achieved through a political deal, Libyan and regional leaders said Wednesday after African Union-led talks. "The only solution to bring an end to the current crisis in Libya is a political settlement," Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Dayri said after meeting…

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