• Suicide bomber kills one on outskirts of Afghan capital

    KABUL (Reuters) - One policeman was killed and two were injured on the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Thursday, in a blast caused by a suicide bomber attempting to enter Kabul in a vehicle laden with explosives, an interior ministry spokesman said. "A patrol was sent around 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.…

  • 'Another Wall falls': Europe hails U.S.-Cuba breakthrough

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall reunited Europe, the European Union hailed a "historic turning point" in the Caribbean with the renewal of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. "Today another Wall has started to fall," EU foreign policy…

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  • Western sanctions may last for decades: Russian minister tells newspaper

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Western sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last "for a very long time", possibly decades, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told Vedomosti newspaper. "When a U.S. law is passed it is very hard to change it afterwards - looks like it will be in place…

  • Why Miami's Cuban-Americans are divided on US thaw with Cuba

    When President Obama announced his policy shift on Cuba Wednesday, complete with restoring diplomatic relations, no one was more riveted – or torn – than South Florida and its outspoken Cuban-American community.

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  • Venezuela's role in warming Cuba - US relations

    A lot of people have been getting credit for the US-Cuba breakthrough today, from Raul Castro and Barack Obama to Pope Francis and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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  • Sony hack: Attack threat leads Sony to cancel 'The Interview' release

    The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy "The Interview" would never be confused with high art or classic film drama.

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  • If Congress objects to Obama's move on Cuba, what can it do?

    Here we go again. The topic is new – reestablishing diplomatic ties with Cuba. But the storyline is familiar: The president acts. Congress wants to undo that action. Or at least some members do.

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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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  • Putin says he has the support of the Russian people

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday stability in Russia was possible only if the state had the support of its people, and that he felt this support. In his annual end-of-year news conference, Putin said: "Stability is based on - and there is no stronger base - the support…

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  • Putin: Western sanctions partly responsible for crisis

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Western sanctions have been an important factor in the current economic crisis, but not the only one.

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  • US skier Nyman has special feeling for Val Gardena downhill

    VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — When Utah native Steven Nyman arrives in the heart of the Dolomite Range each year the week before Christmas, he gets a special feeling.

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  • N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

    NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.

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  • UN seeks $8.4 billion to help Syria refugees

    BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria.

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  • Putin says Khodorkovsky has right to engage in politics

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, one of his biggest critics, had the right to engage in politics "as any Russian citizen". Putin pardoned Khodorkovsky a year ago and the former oligarch was released after a decade in prison…

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  • Former Olympic wrestling champion suspended 1 year

    PARIS (AP) — Former Olympic wrestling champion Steeve Guenot was suspended for one year Thursday by the French anti-doping agency for missing doping tests.

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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...

  • Angry lawmakers force delay in vote on Kenyan security law

    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition lawmakers disrupted a vote on Thursday to authorize tough terrorism-related measures that rights activists say threaten civil liberties and free speech, forcing the parliamentary speaker to postpone the session. Television footage showed members of the…

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  • Chine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction

    BEIJING (AP) — A police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 had been arrested, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.

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