• 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.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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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  • 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...

  • Pope praises the diplomacy of US-Cuba accord

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has praised the "small steps" of diplomacy and peacemaking that brought about the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba.

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  • Crisis talks resume for Dutch coalition partners

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Crisis talks aimed at salvaging a cost-cutting Dutch health reform package and staving off the possible collapse of the country's 2-year-old ruling coalition are entering a third day.

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  • Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's parliament has approved a new government with a comfortable majority following months of violence.

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  • Iraq PM drops lawsuits against journalists

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all lawsuits filed by previous governments against journalists and media outlets, marking a departure from his predecessor Nouri al-Maliki, who was widely accused of using state institutions to target his…

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  • Greek jobless rate dips further to 25.5 percent

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Official Greek figures show unemployment in the country fell further to 25.5 percent in the third quarter from 26.6 percent in the previous quarter.

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  • Putin says Russia determined to protect interests, U.S. creates threats

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia was more and more determined to protect its interests but that the United States was creating threats for his country. Putin also told his annual end-of-year news conference that Russia did not invade any other country and that…

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  • 'Boko Haram' kills 32, kidnaps scores in NE Nigeria

    Boko Haram militants killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others, including women and children, in a brutal attack on a village in the northeast, officials and a witness said Thursday. In neighbouring Cameroon, the Islamic extremists launched a raid on army base in the border town of Amchide,…

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  • UK air service to compensate airlines for glitch

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's air traffic service says it will compensate airlines for last week's computer glitch that briefly shut down London's busy airspace.

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  • Swiss central bank imposes negative interest rates

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's central bank has imposed negative interest rates on commercial bank deposits, with the aim of preventing the Swiss franc from gaining more strength against other currencies.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:30 a.m. GMT

    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. The fallout from the hack that exposed a trove of sensitive documents, and this week escalated to threats of…

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