• Cuba not returning to capitalism despite U.S. deal: Castro's daughter

    By Rosa Tania Valdés HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba will defend its socialist principles and will not return to capitalism just because it has agreed a detente with the United States, the daughter of President Raul Castro said, dispelling any notion that U.S. companies would be free to roll into Cuba.…

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  • Obama to block exports of goods, technology, services to Crimea

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday said he would ban exports of goods, technology or services to Ukraine's Crimea region, and called on Russia to end its annexation of the region. In a statement, Obama said his order "is intended to provide clarity to U.S. corporations doing…

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  • Exclusive: Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has relied…

  • 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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  • 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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  • Opinion: In response to Sony hack, US should focus on China not North Korea

    ​It's a story more bizarre than any Hollywood script about out-of-control hackers, but it turns out the North Koreans actually were behind the hack against Sony Pictures.

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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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  • 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...

  • Lens moves away from relegation zone after beating Nice 2-0

    PARIS (AP) — Lens beat mid-table Nice 2-0 on Friday to secure a vital win its relegation battle and move provisionally out of the relegation zone.

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  • Obama signs massive defense spending bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive U.S. defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes, training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels.

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  • Robben scores late for Bayern to beat Mainz 2-1

    BERLIN (AP) — Arjen Robben's last-minute strike gave Bayern Munich a 2-1 win at Mainz to set a Bundesliga record for points at the halfway stage of the season on Friday.

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  • Cuba cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

    MIAMI (AP) — The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't…

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  • Lots to say in historic Obama-Castro phone call

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba had their first phone conversation in more than 50 years, they were not at a loss for words.

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  • Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release.

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  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

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

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  • Almeria edges Celta Vigo 1-0 in Spanish league

    VIGO, Spain (AP) — A first-half goal by Tomer Hemed gave Almeria a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo on Friday for its third win this season in the Spanish league.

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  • Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies

    LONDON (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70.

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