• Islamic State targeted in 39 strikes by U.S., allies: Task Force

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces and their allies staged 39 air strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria over the past two days, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Friday. Fighters, bombers and remotely controlled aircraft hit 19 targets in Syria while 20 strikes were carried out in…

  • Parents of Cuban who spied for U.S. say they only hope he's well

    By Rosa Tania Valdés HAVANA (Reuters) - For two decades, the parents of a Cuban man convicted of spying for the United States believed he was innocent. Now that all signs suggest he was a double agent working for Washington, they say they can only wish him a happy future. Rolando Sarraff was…

  • Doubts deepen over Chinese-backed Nicaragua canal as work starts

    By Gabriel Stargardter MANAGUA (Reuters) - When one of the poorest countries in the Americas and a little-known Chinese businessman said they planned to undertake one of the biggest engineering projects in history, few people took them seriously. A year and a half after the $50 billion project to…

  • Facebook apologizes for 'Year in Review,' Twitter sees 'war on Christmas'

    Does it ever feel like Facebook is doing its desperate best to keep you engaged? Urging you to connect with new “friends,” play online games, watch puppy videos, follow “trends” (like actor Patrick Stewart reacting to a singing Christmas hat).

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  • Woman gives birth on Philadelphia train: Kids are born in the darndest places

    There are few better Christmas gifts than a holiday baby. The parents of one bundle of joy were caught off-guard when their baby boy decided to make his first appearance in the world on an subway train in Philadelphia.

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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders to run for president? A Ross Perot of the left, perhaps

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) of Vermont has announced that he will wait until March to decide how much of an annoyance to Hillary Rodham Clinton he wants to be.

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  • Erasing borders of the mind

    Despite President Obama’s new effort to warm relations with Cuba, tourism from the US to that Caribbean island nation is still banned, a policy that only Congress can change.

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  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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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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  • Sri Lanka in fight to survive against New Zealand

    Sri Lanka were fighting for survival in the first Test against New Zealand Saturday after being decimated by a lethal Blackcaps' swing attack in their first innings and forced to follow on. Trent Boult started the rout when he removed Dimuth Karunaratne for nought with the fourth ball of the…

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  • NBA Capsules

    ATLANTA (AP) — Reserve forward Jared Dudley made all 10 shots, including four 3-pointers, and scored a season-high 24 points Friday night to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 107-77 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

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  • Sri Lanka 84-0 at stumps on day 2, 1st test vs. New Zealand

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Openers Dimuth Karunarate and Kaushal Silva led Sri Lanka's fightback on the second day of the first cricket test Saturday as it followed on 303 runs behind New Zealand after being dismissed for 138 in its first innings.

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  • Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview." North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury…

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  • Pakistani army says airstrikes kill 23 militants

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's army says its warplanes have killed 23 militants as part of an ongoing operation in a troubled tribal region near the Afghan border.

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  • James helps Cavaliers rally past Magic 98-89

    ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — LeBron James had 29 points and eight assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the Orlando Magic 98-89 in the NBA on Friday night.

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  • Islamist gunmen attack African Union base in Somalia

    By Abdi Sheikh and Fiesal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Eight Islamist gunmen infiltrated the main African Union (AU) base in Mogadishu on Thursday and killed three peacekeepers and a civilian contractor, the AU mission in Somalia said. Somali militant group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the…

  • Mitch Marsh ruled out of 4th test vs India with injury

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Mitch Marsh will miss Australia's fourth test against India after aggravated his hamstring injury while training Friday.

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