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Obama-Castro Handshake Offered Little Hint of Cuba Talks
There was no hint in December 2013, when President Barack Obama shook hands with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, that something bigger was afoot between the U.S. and its Cold War nemesis. Their encounter at a memorial service in Johannesburg ...
Forget what you hear in Washington: Most Cuban Americans favor diplomatic ...Washington Post
US-Cuba deal: Is this Havana's Berlin Wall moment?
Journey through the past as US and Cuba restore tiesThe Globe and Mail
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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 ...
Ruble Gains Ahead Of Putin Press ConferenceRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Russian rouble rises on government interventionFinancial Times
Putin: Russian economy will inevitably bounce back, 2 years in worst case ...RT
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Counting their losses: Sony's bottom line suffers from unprecedented cyberattack
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NEW YORK -- 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, ...
US determines North Korea behind Sony attackThe Globe and Mail
AP source: North Korea linked to Sony hackingKVVU Las Vegas
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Pakistani Taliban attack: Why insurgents killed 132 school children in cold blood
The cold-blooded killing of 132 children at a military-run school in Peshawar was carried out by a weakened organization of "psychopathic" militants, bent on exacting revenge against the Pakistani army, while trying to prove they are still relevant.
Between the Taliban and ghost schools, an entire generation in Pakistan is ...Quartz
Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at schoolReuters
'All sickened': The trail of carnage inside Pakistan school after Taliban massacreWashington Post
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Police: 1 Dead, Several Hurt in California Crash
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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 critical injuries, Redondo Beach ...

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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 ...
Executions, new death sentences continue to fallSan Francisco Chronicle
Executions in United States at 20-year low: reportKFGO

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Jeb Bush, praised by liberals, already drawing flak from the GOP
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Jeb is the man to beat, the savvy ex-governor, the game-changer with Hispanic voters, the choice of big donors, the common sense voice on immigration and education, the establishment candidate with the best chance of recapturing the White House for the ...
Iowa and New Hampshire voters will listen before they judge BushReuters
Rand Paul: 'Will Be Very, Very Difficult' for Jeb Bush to Run in 2016 PrimaryBreitbart News

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Sydney Siege May Have Been 'Preventable,' Australia's Tony Abbott Says
SYDNEY — Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder.
Australian PM urged to go easy on refugees after Sydney siegeReuters India
Man of many faces: Man Haron MonisSBS
Social media: the hostage that eluded Sydney siege gunmanAsiaOne
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Global life expectancy rises: study
PARIS: People around the world lived on average to a ripe old age of 71.5 in 2013, up from 65.3 in 1990, a study said on Thursday, noting the gains came despite big increases in liver cancer and chronic kidney deaths. Global life expectancy rose by 5.8 ...
Global population living six years longer than in 1990: studyReuters UK
People living 6 years longer than they did 25 years
Global Life Expectancy Up by 6 Years!NDTV
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New York bans fracking after health report
ALBANY, NY/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks, Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration said on Wednesday. New York ...
State bans fracking, citing health and environmental concernsBuffalo News
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Cuomo issues state-wide ban on fracking in New YorkFortune
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