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Obama Announces Historic Revamp of US-Cuba Relations
Voice of America
U.S. President Barack Obama announced a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba on Wednesday, after the country's communist leaders released Alan Gross, an American who had been imprisoned there for five years. Obama and Cuban President Raul ...
Congressional critics ready to block Obama push to normalize Cuban relationsFox News
Text of Obama's remarks on US-Cuba relationsWashington Post
Obama's Cuban DetenteWall Street Journal
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Voice of America

US Says North Korea Behind Sony Cyberattack
Voice of America
Media reports say the U.S. has determined that North Korea is behind the hacking of Sony Pictures, which on Wednesday canceled the release of a film about a fictional plot to assassinate Pyongyang's leader, Kim Jong Un. Speaking on condition of ...
Sony emails show a studio ripe for hackingWashington Post
US determines N.Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls movieReuters
North Korea Behind Sony Hack: US
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The Nation

Between the Taliban and ghost schools, an entire generation in Pakistan is ...
A student cries on a man's shoulder, after he was rescued from the Army Public School.(Reuters/Khuram Parvez). SHARE. Written by. Muhammad Umar. 4 hours ago. Tuesday's attack in Peshawar wasn't just an ordinary terrorist attack; it was an attack on our ...
Indian media: Pakistan's war on terrorBBC News
Pak army retaliates to Peshawar attack, kills 57 militantsHindustan Times
Peshawar Massacre: Pakistani Military Strikes Back at TalibanTIME
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Wall Street Journal

Pope's Intervention Helped Break Logjam in US-Cuba Talks
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—In their first-ever meeting at the Vatican in March, President Barack Obama and Pope Francis devoted a significant portion of their hour together to discussing a country thousands of miles away—Cuba—a fact that wasn't disclosed until ...
Happy Birthday, Pope FrancisJamaica Observer
Celebrations as US-Cuba ties
Journey to Rapprochement Visited Worlds of Presidents, Popes and SpiesNew York Times
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CBS News

1 killed, 12 injured as car hits crowd leaving Christmas concert in Redondo Beach
Los Angeles Times
One person was killed and as many as 12 others were severely hurt Wednesday evening when a car ran a red light and drove into a crowd leaving a church Christmas concert in Redondo Beach, authorities said. lRelated Detectives crack huge L.A. art heist; ...
Car plows into crowd in Redondo Beach, 1 dead, many hurtSFGate
1 dead, several injured as car hits
1 killed, several injured as car plows into pedestrians in Redondo BeachThe Daily Breeze

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Abbott says Sydney siege 'horrific wake-up call'
Hindustan Times
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday admitted Sydney's cafe siege was "a horrific wake-up call" as details emerged of the final minutes of the standoff which left the gunman and two hostages dead. Abbott has ordered an urgent inquiry into the ...
Australian PM urged to go easy on refugees after Sydney siegeYnetnews
Social media: the hostage that eluded Sydney siege gunmanReuters
Man of many faces: Man Haron
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New York will move to prohibit fracking
ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said ...
Cuomo issues state-wide ban on fracking in New YorkFortune
Cuomo Declares: No Fracking For Now in NYPublic News Service
State 1st in US to ban frackingAlbany Times Union
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Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in 1944
George Stinney Jr. , the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century, was convicted after a one-day trial. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Travel Deals. $1452 & up -- Tuscan Castle & Rome Villa Escape incl. Air.
'Stand your ground' defense fails in Montana murder trialWBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SC
70-year-old murder conviction of S.C. teen overturnedCharlotte Observer
14-year-old executed in 1944 finally
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Wall Street Journal

Executions in the US Dropped to 40 year low in 2014
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The number of people executed in 2014 is all time low according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The report was issued on Thursday. Since 1994, the 35 executions carried out the current year is the lowest number according to the non-profit ...
US Executions Reach a 20-Year LowTIME
Executions, new death sentences continue to fallSan Francisco Chronicle

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Russian rouble firms before Putin news conference, Sistema leads shares
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The ruble and Moscow shares rose on Thursday, buoyed by state action and indications Russia's top oil producer can meet a debt repayment, before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference. At 0800 GMT (3 a.m. EST), ...
Russian Ruble Recovers Ahead of Putin's News ConferenceWall Street Journal
Facing Crisis, Russians Who Can Afford It Are Going
Russians flock to stores to preempt price
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