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Obama: US to Continue Push for Democracy, Rights in Cuba
Voice of America
President Barack Obama said the United States will "speak out forcefully" for the freedom of the Cuban people, after announcing a move toward normalizing ties with Cuba and opening an embassy on the communist-led island nation. In an interview with ABC ...
Castro brothers resistance to change could test renewed US-Cuba diplomacyWashington Post
US-Cuba relations: Global praise for normalisation of tiesBBC News
Alan Gross: It's the best Hanukkah in a long timeYnetnews
New York Times -U-T San Diego
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Sony Emails Show a Studio Ripe for Hacking
ABC News
In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick ...
US determines North Korea behind Sony attackThe Globe and Mail
Sony hack timeline: What happened – and who has it affected so far?The Independent
US Says North Korea Behind Sony CyberattackVoice of America
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Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle an increasingly aggressive Taliban ...
'All sickened': The trail of carnage inside Pakistan school after Taliban massacreWashington Post
Peshawar Survivors and Bereaved Tell of the Massacre's HorrorTIME
Between the Taliban and ghost schools, an entire generation in Pakistan is ...Quartz
Hindustan Times -Sydney Morning Herald
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CBS News

Police: 1 dead, several hurt in California crash
Washington Post
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — A female motorist hit a group of pedestrians outside a California church as a Christmas service ended, killing one person and leaving up to 11 others injured, police said. Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with ...
Car Plows Through Crowd Outside Christmas Concert In Redondo Beach, Calif.Huffington Post
1 killed, 12 injured as car hits crowd leaving Christmas concert in Redondo BeachLos Angeles Times
Car plows into crowd in Redondo Beach, 1 dead, many hurtSFGate
WKRC TV Cincinnati
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Hindustan Times

Tony Abbott says Sydney café 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 ...
Social media - the hostage that eluded Sydney siege gunmanReuters UK
Australian PM urged to go easy on refugees after Sydney siegeYnetnews
Obama offers United States' condolences to AustraliaThe Australian Financial Review

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New York Times

Ruble Crisis Is Testing Russia's Resources
New York Times
Photo. Prime Minister Dmitry A. Medvedev of Russia, center, held a meeting on economic issues on Wednesday in Moscow. Credit Pool photo by Dmitry Astakhov. Updated, 7:25 p.m. | Just a couple of months ago, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia ...
Putin addresses nation amid economic crisisUSA TODAY
Russian Ruble Volatile Ahead of Putin's News ConferenceWall Street Journal
Ruble slides before Putin news conference on Russia crisisReuters
Financial Times -Irish Times
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US-Cuba script written in Papal Library
Financial Times
When Barack Obama met Pope Francis at the Vatican in March, they exchanged pleasantries for the photographers and swapped gifts: an antique chest full of seeds from the White House garden for the pope and a copy of 'The Joy of the Gospel' for the ...

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US Executions Reach a 20-Year Low
An independent autopsy of death row inmate Clayton Lockett, who was executed in April at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla., ruled that Lockett died as a result from the drugs administered to him by prison officials and not from a heart attack.
Executions in United States at 20-year low: ReportEconomic Times
Executions, new death sentences continue to fallPost-Bulletin

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Reformers target traffic courts in Ferguson
In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Rev. Starsky Wilson, second from the left, talks with from left, Shirlissa Pruitt, Anthony Levine, Tina Cramer and Amir Brandy during a break in the third Ferguson Commission ...

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Washington Times

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 ...
State 1st in US to ban frackingAlbany Times Union
New York move to ban fracking heartens criticsThe Denver Post
Citing risks, NY to ban frackingThe Durango Herald
Columbus Dispatch -News24
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