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How the Obama-Castro Deal Went Down
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 ...
US-Cuba thaw: Does this mean Americans can now go to Cuba?Christian Science Monitor
US and Cuba Move to Thaw Relations After Prisoner ExchangeTIME
Cuba decision marks a bet by Obama that Cold War politics have turned a cornerWashington Post -CNN -The Globe and Mail
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Marathon bombing suspect due in court Thursday
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been seen in public since he was arraigned on 30 federal charges in July 2013, when he still bore signs of the bloody standoff with police that led to his capture and the death of ...
Man Charged in Boston Marathon Bombings Appears in CourtNew York Times
Boston Marathon bombing: Can Tsarnaev get a fair trial in Boston? (+video)Christian Science Monitor
Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Arrives in Boston Federal
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New York Times

US Said to Find North Korea Ordered Cyberattack on Sony
New York Times
WASHINGTON — American officials have concluded that North Korea was “centrally involved” in the hacking of Sony Pictures computers, even as the studio canceled the release of a far-fetched comedy about the assassination of the North's leader that is ...
Official: North Korea behind Sony hackUSA TODAY
Whodunnit? The Mystery of the Sony Pictures HackBBC News
Former Anonymous Hacker: North Korea Doesn't Have Technical Capabilities ...CBS Local
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ABC News

Putin: West Is Trying to 'Defang' the Russian Bear
ABC News
Vowing never to let the West defang his proud nation, President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover. In a live, three-hour news ...
Putin accuses West of trying to sideline
Putin plays down rouble crash as he vows to diversify Russian economy in ...The Independent
Vladimir Putin predicts Russian rebound to take 2 yearsFinancial Times
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The Straits Times

Pope Francis treats Rome's homeless to new sleeping bags on 78th birthday
The Straits Times
A faithful holds a balloon as Pope Francis, who's 78th birthday is today, arrives to lead his general audience at the Vatican on Dec 17, 2014. Pope Francis marked his 78th birthday by ordering the distribution of hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people ...
Pope leads global praise for 'historic' US-Cuba rapprochementChannel News Asia
Pope appoints British sex-abuse victim to advisory commission on errant priestsSouth China Morning Post (subscription)
How Pope John Paul II Paved The Way For The US-Cuba ThawHuffington Post
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Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap nearly 200 including women, children in ...
ABC Online
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have kidnapped almost 200 people, including women and children during a raid on Nigeria's north-east, security officials and residents say. The attack was believed to have occured in the remote village of Gumsuri on Sunday ...
Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnap at least 100 in Nigeria, witnesses sayFox News
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 100 over women, children in Nigeriaeuronews
Militants kidnap over 100 women and children in NigeriaIrish Times
Daily Mail -ABC News
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Fox News

South Carolina boy, 14, should not have been executed in 1944, judge says
Fox News
This undated file photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History shows George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina, in 1944. (AP Photo/South Carolina Department of Archives and History, File).
It took 10 minutes to convict 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. It took 70 years after ...Washington Post
Judge throws out teen's murder conviction 70 years after his executionFOX31 Denver
Teenager's Murder Conviction Vacated—70 Years Too LateThe Nonprofit Quarterly
Atlanta Journal Constitution -WBTW - Myrtle Beach and Florence SC -Weekly Challenger
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Pakistan judge grants bail to alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attack
Washington Post
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A Pakistani court on Thursday granted bail to the alleged mastermind of a deadly 2008 assault in Mumbai, sparking outrage in India and further muddying perceptions about Pakistan's resolve to combat terrorism. The judicial decision ...
India says Lakhvi's bail 'unfortunate', wants Sharif govt to reverse decisionHindustan Times
Man accused of organizing Mumbai attacks granted bailUSA TODAY
Pakistan Grants Bail to Main Mumbai Attack SuspectABC News
The Indian Express -Times of India -Daily Mail
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CBS Local

3 dead, several injured in Southern California crash after Christmas service
Fox News
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – A driver hit a group of pedestrians outside a Southern California church as a Christmas service ended, killing three people -- including two women in their 80s -- and leaving up to nine others injured, police said. Ambulances ...
3 dead after car hits crowd outside Calif. churchUSA TODAY
1 dead, several injured as car hits pedestriansSFGate
DUI driver kills 3 pedestrians outside Calif. church: copsNew York Daily News
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Boston Herald

Jeb Bush Said to End Barclays Adviser Role This Year
(Corrects to show Bush is former Florida governor.) Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will give up his advisory role at Barclays Plc to focus on his political campaign, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The agreement was mutual, according ...
Jeb Bush Signals Business Wind-Down with Barclays DepartureBloomberg
Jeb Bush, praised by liberals, already drawing flak from the GOPFox News
Jeb Bush and the Base: It's More About Persona Than PoliciesAlaska Dispatch
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