• Putin urges Russia's secret services to tackle 'modern challenges'

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Saturday for improvement of Moscow's secret services to tackle "modern challenges and threats" amid his country's standoff with the West over the Ukrainian crisis. The call came in a letter by Putin, himself a former KGB agent, to…

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  • Cuba's Raul Castro steps out of brother's shadow with U.S. deal, support surges

    By Daniel Trotta and Rosa Tania Valdés HAVANA (Reuters) - Stepping out of his legendary brother's shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States. For many Cubans, the restoration…

  • North Korea says to boost nuclear power to counter U.S. hostile policy

    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea vowed on Saturday to boost its "nuclear power" to counter Washington's hostile policy, saying it had become apparent the United States aimed to invade the North under the guise of human rights abuses. Member countries of the United Nations on Thursday urged the…

  • Security experts: FBI report light on evidence linking North Korea to Sony hack

    Even after the Federal Bureau of Investigation's official statement that North Korea was behind the Sony attack, many cybersecurity experts are still skeptical the hermit nation is truly the culprit, citing a lack of new and more convincing evidence. 

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  • How two words stir controversy on federal plan to rate US colleges

    It’s just a two-word phrase, but it goes to the heart of what’s both controversial and promising about an Education Department proposal for rating of US colleges.

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  • Hever Castle

    A Tudor manor of exquisite beauty, Hever Castle was once home to Anne Boleyn. You can even stay the night! 

  • Marco Rubio vs. Rand Paul: Who's winning GOP Cuba policy smackdown?

    It’s the intramural D.C. squabble that blew up as quickly as an ocean rain squall: the Marco Rubio vs. Rand Paul Cuba Smackdown of 2014.

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  • Obama: Sony 'made a mistake' in pulling 'The Interview'

    President Obama stated flatly that Sony was wrong to cancel the release of “The Interview,” after hackers threatened violence against theaters that planned to screen the film.

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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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  • Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Witnesses say Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are lining up elderly people and shooting them — a new tactic instilling fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal.…

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  • Sexologist's revelation spurs discussion in China

    BEIJING (AP) — A leading Chinese sexologist's revelation that she's been living with a transgender man for 17 years has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely invisible and marginalized transgender community.

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    Take #OneMore of vacation and let the stars lead the way. View the full series.

  • UN chief arrives in Guinea on final day of Ebola tour

    The UN chief was greeted at the airport by Guinea's foreign and health ministers Francois Louceny Fall and Remy Lamah. Several officials involved in the drive to end the epidemic in Guinea were also on hand at the airport. Ban, who did not speak to reporters, was to hold a news conference later…

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  • Bahrain 'terror blast' wounds 3 police

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's Interior Ministry says three policemen have been wounded by an explosion west of the capital Manama.

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  • Egypt to reopen Gaza crossing Sunday

    Egypt is to reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza Sunday for the second time in two months to allow those stranded in Egypt enter the Palestinian territory, officials said. The Rafah crossing is the only access point to the Gaza Strip not controlled by Israel. It was shut by Egypt in late…

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  • Experience William Boyd's The Vanishing Game

    For Alec Dunbar, the uncertain terrain may be the only thing certain to keep him alive. Immerse yourself in William Boyd’s new action-adventure, Th...

  • Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

    PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) — With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night").

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  • Neymar back for Barcelona's match vs. Cordoba

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Brazil striker Neymar has recovered from a sore left ankle and is back on Barcelona's squad for its Spanish league match against Cordoba on Saturday.

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  • 2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) — In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone — and deeply disappointed in President Barack…

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