• 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Three top Islamic State leaders killed in air strikes: U.S. officials

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq have killed three of the militant group's top leaders but not senior commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Among those killed was Abd al Basit, whom the officials described as the group's military…

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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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  • Democrats need bigger economic message, pollster warns

    Americans remain strongly negative about the economy and about prospects for the next generation, according to a George Washington University Battleground Poll released Thursday.  

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  • Did North Korea really hack Sony? Cybersecurity pros at odds

    Was North Korea involved in the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack? On Wednesday, several news reports quoted unnamed US officials saying yes. But many cybersecurity experts remain skeptical. On Thursday, the White House refused to point the finger at North Korea, instead saying a "sophisticated…

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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: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

    MOSCOW (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.

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  • 3rd suspect charged for death in football fight

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A Spanish judge charged a third person on Thursday for the death of a football fan following a brutal street fight between rival "ultra" groups before a match in Madrid last month.

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  • Putin says economy will rebound as sanctions stiffen

    President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday that Russia would soon recover from the worst financial crisis of his rule and said his grip on power was firm, even as new Western sanctions and a run on the ruble pile on the pressure. The Russian strongman showed no willingness to change tack on Ukraine --…

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  • Iraqi Kurdish troops open corridor to Sinjar

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped there can flee, said a senior Kurdish official.

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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 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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  • Obama waives sanctions authority despite new law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure.

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  • Slain German teen's parents testify about US ordeal

    MISSOULA, Montana (AP) — The parents of a German exchange student who was shot to death by a man while trespassing in his garage in Montana told a judge Thursday their dreams are broken.

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  • Obama signs bill to sanction Venezuelan officials

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation into law allowing him to sanction Venezuelan government officials who were involved in a crackdown on anti-government protesters.

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  • Abu Dhabi's Etihad gets A380, complete with suite

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi's national carrier, Etihad, showcased on Thursday the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky."

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  • Obama signs legislation ending US benefit checks for Nazis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. government pension benefits, known as Social Security.

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