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Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, Cuba

December 17, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) — After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments. more »»

Haiti president meets with opposition amid unrest

December 17, 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti President Michel Martelly met Wednesday with opposition leaders in a bid to stabilize the politically fractious country as pressure mounted on him to appoint an... more »»

Pope adds 2nd victim to sex abuse commission

December 17, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has added a second survivor of priestly sex abuse to his commission of experts advising the Vatican on child protection policies, tapping a self-described "thorn... more »»

Crucial Greek presidential vote fails in 1st round

December 17, 2014

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Parliament failed to elect a new president for the financially struggling country in the first round of voting Wednesday, leaving another two tries before the... more »»

US wins release of spy held for years in Cuba jail

December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — This much is known about the Cuban man who spied for the United States and was released Wednesday in a historic prisoner swap: He had access to closely held intelligence... more »»

Irked Italy: marine too ill to return to India

December 17, 2014

ROME (AP) — Diplomatic tensions between Italy and India are rising after Italy said a marine who suffered a stroke while detained in India for a 2012 shooting death was too ill to be sent back... more »»

AP Exclusive: Sydney hostage planned daring escape

December 17, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. more »»

Verona's Arena to get $17.5 million restoration

December 17, 2014

MILAN (AP) — Verona's famed Roman amphitheater, home to one of the world's premier opera festivals, will be the first large beneficiary of a new Italian government initiative to encourage private... more »»

Kurdish Iraqi forces launch operation in Sinjar

December 17, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the road that leads directly to the... more »»

Israel suffers sharp rebuffs from Europe

December 17, 2014

BRUSSELS (AP) — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal. more »»

Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba

December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island... more »»

Israeli PM slams EU taking Hamas off terror list

December 17, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Wednesday for removing Hamas from its terrorist list, calling it a staggering example of European hypocrisy... more »»

Dow jumps after Fed pledges patience in rate hikes

December 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average surged as much as 300 points after the Federal Reserve signaled it was edging closer to raising interest rates because of a strengthening U.S. more »»

Pakistan buries victims of school massacre

December 17, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to become a pilot. more »»

Quotes from Pakistani families over school attack

December 17, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Reaction to the killings of 148 people — almost all of them students — at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan:

— "We sent our kids to this school becaus... more »»

Steps Pakistan is taking after school massacre

December 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A look at steps the Pakistani government is taking to address militancy following Tuesday's Taliban massacre of 148 people at a school:

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PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN... more »»

Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

December 17, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the... more »»

Teacher recalls being shot in 1989 Romania revolt

December 17, 2014

TIMISOARA, Romania (AP) — Adrian Kali remembers a two-year-old girl being shot dead in front of him twenty-five years ago to this day during Europe's last anti-communist revolution of 1989. more »»

Obama: Spy released by Cuba provided key info

December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. spy Cuba is releasing is one of the most important intelligence agents the U.S. has ever had in Cuba. more »»

Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for birthday

December 17, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poo. more »»

 
 
 

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