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New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat

New military doctrine signed Friday by President Vladimir Putin marks NATO as Russia’s chief military threat.

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How a Syrian boy escaped the Islamic State’s hold

A Syrian youth, 14, who surrendered himself to Iraqi guards while wearing an explosives vest said he was indoctrinated.

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Irish court rules brain-dead pregnant woman may be taken off life support

A panel of Ireland’s top court has allowed doctors to shut off life support to a clinically dead pregnant woman.

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Anniversary of Indian Ocean tsunami is marked with tears

Ceremonies across Asia marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in which nearly a quarter-million people died

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World briefs: Ukraine, rebels swap prisoners

Plus: U.S. drone kills 7 militants; Turkish teen freed; Libyan oil port attacked.

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Peacekeepers leaving Darfur despite surge in violence

The move comes even though new fighting there has chased more people from their homes this year than during any other in the past decade.

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Chinese hit back against a foreign intrusion — Christmas

As fervor for the trappings of Western-style Christmas enveloped this nation, the defenders of traditional Chinese culture have fought back.

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 “They knew I wanted to do this,” said Andy Pugh, who returned from Sierra Leone on Dec. 15.

Squirrel Hill aid worker helped manage Ebola response in Sierra Leone

Andy Pugh managed a child protection program and then an Ebola treatment center.

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Francis and Elizabeth, in Christmas messages, focus on harmony

The pope emphasized the plight of children in areas of conflict, while Britain’s monarch advocated reconciliation, especially in Scotland.

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Officer in Puerto Rico hits tourists from Pennsylvania with motorcycle

Officers say the husband has a hip fracture and his wife a pelvis fracture. Both also have head injuries but are expected to survive.

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World briefs: Attack wounds Israeli girl, 11

Plus: Jordanian pilot; Saudis plan spending; Somalia base attacked.

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 In this image provided by the Imperial War Museum, World War I German and British soldiers stand together on the battlefield near Ploegsteert, Belgium, in December 1914.

In 1914, World War I soldiers took a real Christmas break

Men who for months had been trying to kill each other traded gifts, drank and even played soccer on the no man’s land between the trenches.

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Islamic State captures Jordanian F-16 pilot

He was the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the extremist group.

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Palestinian sniper attack sets off clash at border

The day’s action further strained a tenuous cease-fire that ended a 50-day war over the summer.

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Ukraine cuts power to Crimea amid dispute with Russia

The electricity shut-off came as Moscow threatened a greater rift with the West if Ukraine attempted to make good on its NATO intentions.

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Millions in cash lost in Hong Kong spill

After new notes fell from a security van, onlookers were presented with a Christmas Eve test of whether to be good for goodness’ sake.

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Iran warns West to keep nuke hopes realistic

Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful, but the West fears that it may lead to developing nuclear weapons.

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World Briefs: Christmas dawns in the Holy Land

PLUS: Rebels kill 70 in India; S. Korea indicts Uber CEO; Ebola survival rate; Abe named Japanese PM.

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At least 60 journalists killed in 2014, almost half in the Middle East

The Committee to Protect Journalists recorded the deadliest year since the group began keeping records in 1992.

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Ukraine Takes Step Toward Joining NATO

Ukraine’s parliament voted to end its nonaligned-nation status and move toward joining NATO, a move that immediately drew a protest from

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From Iraqi mountaintop, a fierce battle to free IS-held town

Kurdish peshmerga fighters are battling to recapture Iraq turf the Islamic State militants seized last summer near Mount Sinjar.

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 Visitors light candles Tuesday in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered by Christians as Jesus' birthplace, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Jesus' birthplace grapples with modern traffic challenges

Bethlehem, jammed with traffic, mulls digging a tunnel under Manger Square.

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Key North Korean websites back online after shutdown

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the Internet stoppage in one of the least-wired and poorest countries in the world.

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 Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting Monday with cardinals and bishops of the Vatican Curia on the occasion of the exchange of Christmas greetings in the Clementine hall at Vatican.

Pope delivers blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

Pope Francis used his annual Christmas greeting Monday to rip the Curia.

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Iraqis rally around many flags as a national identity falters

The Baghdad government’s underlying challenge is to promote a sense of national unity for Iraq.

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Facebook angers Russian opposition by blocking protest page

Facebook is accused of censorship for granting a Kremlin request to block a page publicizing a January anti-Putin rally.

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 The FBI said it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the cyber attack on Sony, which resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of emails and other materials.

In about-face, Sony to screen film in dispute

“The Interview” will be released after all to a limited number of theaters, including one in Pittsburgh, for Christmas Day showings.

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North Korea loses Internet access

North Korea’s Internet link was disrupted Monday. But U.S. officials were not confirming it was the response to Pyongyang’s hacking of Sony.

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World briefs: Ukraine peace talks scheduled

Plus: Pakistan executions; Progress on Ebola; Bombs hit Nigeria; Zimbabwe turnover; Orangutan rights case.

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 Former President George H.W. Bush, and his wife former first lady Barbara Bush

President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital Tuesday evening after experiencing shortness of breath.

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Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

President Barack Obama defends actions in Sunday interview.

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U.S. mulls putting North Korea on terrorism sponsor list

Meanwhile, Sony vows to release “The Interview.”

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Iraqi Kurds, Yazidis fight Islamic State for strategic town of Sinjar

Peshmerga forces are seeking to bolster the gains the made late last week.

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Sierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola

Officials threaten jail for those who follow unsafe burial practices.

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World briefs: Haiti names an interim prime minister

PLUS: Mother charged; First Tunisian president elected; Intelligence chief replaced; Greek prime minister open to early elections

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North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere.

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Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system

Also appearing before parliament, shaking their fists in victory, were three convicted spies just released from long U.S. prison terms.

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Four Afghans released from Guantanamo Bay prison

The transfer fulfilled a request from the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, in what U.S. officials characterized as a show of goodwill.

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 Al Darago, 89, a Battle of the Bulge veteran, sits at home in Parkeville, Md., where he hangs his Distinguished Service Cross. During the battle, he said he blew up a tank with a bazooka.

Remembering the Bulge: Infamous WWII battle forced soldiers to improvise

The infamous world War II battle forced Albert Darago and others to improvise.

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 In this image provided by the Imperial War Museum, World War I German and British soldiers stand together on the battlefield near Ploegsteert, Belgium, during Decemer 1914. Soldiers who had been killing each other by the tens of thousands for months climbed out of their soggy trenches to seek a shred of humanity amid the horrors of World War I. Hands reached out across the divide and in Flanders Fields a century ago, a spontaneous Christmas truce ever so briefly lifted the human spirit.

Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

Soldiers in parts of Belgium and France climbed out of their soggy, muddy trenches to seek a shred of humanity amid the horrors of war

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World Briefs: Drone strike kills militants in Pakistan

Plus: Kurdish fighters break siege; Ebola cases still rising; Russia derides sanctions; French police attacked.

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 President Barack Obama speaks at his end-of-the-year news conference in Washington, D.C.

Obama pans Sony on 'The Interview'

The president spoke at his end-of-the-year press conference.

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Obama says Cuba deal will eventually help ‘hermetically sealed’ island

President Barack Obama predicted Friday that change will come to Cuba with a thaw in diplomatic relations between the two nations.

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Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

Pakistan on Friday executed two convicted terrorists in response to school massacre, its first executions in years.

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National briefs: FBI chides own practices

Plus: Five dead from listeria infections; federal oversight for MetLife; Chrysler to expand a recall of air bag inflators

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World briefs: Turkey issues warrant for Pa. cleric

PLUS: Mother arrested in killings; Israel hits Gaza; Israeli spy arrested; Iran honors Jews; Putin critic charged.

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 “There’s pent-up demand to go there,” Paul Busang, president of Gulliver's Travels, said of Cuba.

Cuba watchers in Pittsburgh cheer opening of trade relations, easing of travel restrictions

The easing of some restrictions will be “one of the best things to ever happen in the travel industry,” says one travel agent.

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 The FBI said in a statement it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the punishing breach, which resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of leaked Sony emails and other materials.

FBI declares North Korea responsible for Sony hack

The FBI said it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the punishing breach of the Hollywood studio.

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Putin cites ‘external factors’ for Russia’s economic woes, tries to reassure public

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday faulted the global oil price drop and Western sanctions.

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Pakistan grants bail to key suspect in 2008 Mumbai attacks

A court in Pakistan on Thursday authorized the release on $5,000 bail of the militant who coordinated the 2008 terror attacks.

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