• Obama signs Russia sanctions bill, says no new penalties planned

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he had signed into law a new Russian sanctions bill passed by Congress but did not intend to impose further sanctions against Moscow for now. "My administration will continue to work closely with allies and partners in Europe and…

  • Cubans imagine new, more prosperous life without an old foe

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - From bus drivers to bartenders and ballet dancers, many Cubans are already imagining a more prosperous future after the United States said it will put an end to 50 years of conflict with the communist-run island. News of the historic shift echoed quickly through…

  • Thailand welcomes China's Li as U.S. ties cool over coup

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will be the most high-profile foreign leader to visit Thailand on Friday since a May coup, signaling, Thailand says, its return to normal and a boost for trade in a region where the United States and…

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  • Amid fist fights, Kenya parliament passes controversial antiterror law

    Kenya passed a controversial antiterror law today amid protest and chaos in parliament that exposed the deep divisions over how much rein the government should be given to combat rising insecurity. 

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  • Molly Cantrell-Kraig uses a car as a vehicle to transform women

    Molly Cantrell-Kraig was a single mother of a four-month-old daughter when she began her journey as a nontraditional college student. Without a car of her own, she would hitch a ride to class from a friend.

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  • Sony hack: No more North Korean bad guys? Or Russian? Or ...?

    Sony Picture Entertainment’s decision to cancel the release of “The Interview” has come under harsh criticism from Hollywood celebrities and media law experts alike, many of who have castigated the studio for capitulating to the demands of North Korea-linked hackers.

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  • Executed at age 14, George Stinney exonerated 70 years later

    At just 95 pounds and barely five feet tall, he was so small that he had to sit on a phone book.

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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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  • Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an…

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  • U.S. considers 'proportional' response to Sony hacking attack

    By David Brunnstrom and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a serious national security matter and the Obama administration was considering a proportional response, although the White House stopped short of blaming North Korea.…

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  • Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one…

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  • Atletico sets up Copa del Rey clash with Real

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid set up a crosstown Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid despite drawing 2-2 with third-division Hospitalet on Thursday, advancing 5-2 on aggregate.

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  • Top Asian News at 9:00 p.m. GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — How do you say "damage control" in Japanese? Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire. Sony's miseries with its television and smartphone…

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  • Olympiakos rivals suffer surprise defeats

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Olympiakos' rivals in the Greek league suffered surprise defeats on Thursday, keeping the defending champion a point from the top of the 18-team table.

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  • UN Rwanda court lowers ex-minister's sentence to 30 years on appeal

    Rwandan minister who was sentenced to 35 years in jail for his involvement in the 1994 genocide saw his sentence lowered to 30 years on appeal Thursday, a UN tribunal said. The court confirmed Augustin Ngirabatware's genocide convictions but reversed his conviction for rape as a crime against…

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  • Mozambique offers opposition leader plum $2 mn post

    Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza has signed into law a bill granting special status to opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, who lost October's presidential elections. Dhlakama lost the presidential election to the ruling Frelimo party's Filipe Nyusi, although he disputes the result, which the…

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  • World War II bomb defused in German city

    BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb has been successfully defused in an eastern German city after some 9,700 people were evacuated from the surrounding area and a meeting of a state legislature was interrupted.

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