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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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World briefs: Kurds retake territory from Islamic State

Plus: Ex-Blackwater chief hired; drug suspect sent to U.S.; doctor dies of Ebola; no fries with that?

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 A Pakistani soldier walks amid the debris in an army-run school Wednesday after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Tuesday.

As it mourns, Pakistan plans response to school massacre

Pakistan is immersed in three days of mourning, with all educational institutions closed and the entire city of Peshawar shut down.

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Swap of Cuban who spied for U.S. is at the heart of exchange package

Key U.S. “intelligence asset” imprisoned in Cuba for nearly two decades was swapped for three Cuban spies.

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 John O'Brien, one of hostages of the Sydney cafe siege, poses for a photo as he relaxes in his front yard in Sydney, Australia Wednesday. O'Brien, 82, was the first hostage to escape the Lindt Chocolat Cafe after a gunman took 17 people hostage on Monday. Three people including the gunman were shot after police ended the siege at the coffee shop early Tuesday.

Aussie hostage, 82, planned daring escape

John O’Brien, the eldest hostage in the Sydney terror siege earlier this week, describes his harrowing captivity and bold escape plan.

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Israel suffers setbacks in Europe; Palestinians push at U.N.

European Union court, citing technicality, orders the Palestinian militant organization Hamas removed from the EU terror group list.

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Church of England picks first woman bishop

The Church of England has appointed the Rev. Libby Lane as its first female bishop.

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World briefs: Vigilantes clash in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Two rival vigilante groups faced off in western Mexico in a shootout that left 11 people dead weeks after federal authorities

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 A Pakistani soldier walks amidst the debris in an army-run school Wednesday after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Tuesday.

Pakistan lifts curb on executions in wake of slaughter

Pakistan mourns and then acts against terrorists in wake of the Taliban militant assault Tuesday on an army-run school in Peshawar.

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Latin American leaders hail renewed US-Cuban diplomatic relations

Colombia’s president said he hoped the changes paved the way to reaching “the dream of having a continent where there is total peace.”

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North Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

The studio's reputation is in tatters as embarrassing revelations spill from tens of thousands of leaked emails and other company materials.

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 Cuban students march in a street of Havana Wednesday after Washington released three Cuban spies -- heroes in Cuba-- who had been in a U.S. prison since 2001. The United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War stand-off towards a historic close Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a five-decade U.S. trade embargo.

Change in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations ignites political debate over ties with communist nation

Obama administration officials had considered Alan Gross' imprisonment an impediment to improving relations with Cuba.

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 The interior of the Pakistan school where members of the Taliban attacked schoolchildren and staff, killing 148.

Students shot point blank in Pakistan school massacre

A day after 148 people died in one of the most violent attacks in Pakistan, the nation surveyed the damage from the nine-hour slaughter.

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 A plainclothes security officer escorts students rescued from a nearby school during a Taliban attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday.

Mournful Pakistanis feared an attack was coming

Peshawar is in deep mourning. One heard the heart-wrenching wailing of women and silent weeping of men every 100 yards or so.

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Russian economy treading water

President Barack Obama will sign into law a bill bringing additional sanctions against Russia for its Ukraine incursion.

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Vatican cites achievements, challenges of U.S. nuns

The Vatican inquiry that some saw as critical of U.S. nuns has ended instead with praise for the sisters’ selfless work.

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Ecuador family wins favors after donations to Obama campaign

Finance records and officials show that Ecuadoran family has won favors from the Obama administration after giving donations to Democrats.

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World briefs: Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott vows siege investigation

Plus: Israel arrests 10; China police torture; N. Korea slams U.S.; Korean Air troubles; Anti-Islamist rally.

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 Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student killed in an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School in Peshawar.

132 children, 9 staffers among those killed by Taliban gunmen

The attack, carried out by a Pakistani militant group trying to overthrow the government, killed mainly students at an army public school.

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Netanyahu, in Rome, tries to forestall Palestinian statehood drive

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Rome for a series of diplomatic sessions, including with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Russia raises key rate to protect ailing economy

The Bank of Russia today aggressively jacked up its key interest rate from  in a bid to quell fears about the ruble’s decline.

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 Nancy Hatch Dupree, 87, talks about a photo taken by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry during an interview Dec. 9 with the Associated Press at the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University. Ms. Dupree fell in love with Afghanistan on her first visit in 1962, and embarked on a lifelong mission to preserve the rich cultural heritage of an ancient land scarred by modern wars.

American seeks to preserve storied Afghan past

American woman, now 87, has spent decades preserving Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage since her first visit in 1962.

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World briefs: U.S. Marine charged in slaying

Plus: French jihadi raids; Iran nuclear talks; Russian air incursions; Oil slump continues.

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 A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

Police: Sydney siege ends; three dead, including attacker

A police source named the gunman as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee and self-styled sheik facing multiple charges of sexual assault.

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Climate deal would commit every nation to limiting emissions

But the deal still falls far short of what is needed to stave off the dangerous and costly early impact of global warming.

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Sony hacking highlights challenge to CEO Hirai's 'One Sony' vision

The Japanese conglomerate is heading for its fifth net loss in six years, raising questions about its ability to hold on to businesses.

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Japan gives PM Shinzo Abe more time to fix economy

Although turnout was at a record low, the ruling LDP and its coalition partner, Komeito, won a “supermajority” in the lower house.

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Washington undecided on U.N. resolution for Palestinian state

Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu today to discuss various proposals for a Palestinian state.

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 This image taken from video shows people holding up what appeared to be a black flag with white Arabic writing on it, inside a cafe today in Sydney.

Hostage situation erupts in Sydney

Television footage showed two people holding up what appeared to be a black flag with white Arabic writing on it.

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World briefs: American in North Korea slams U.S.

Plus: Haiti PM resigns; China looks west; Turkish media raided.

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An Ebola orphan's plea: 'Do you want me?'

Ebola has been wretched for children. More than 3,500 have been infected and at least 1,200 have died, United Nations officials estimate.

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Johns Hopkins designs better suit for Ebola workers

Current technology is a challenge in the field.

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China’s e-cigarette boom lacks oversight for safety

China’s e-cigarette industr, which dominates the world market,y lacks oversight for safety

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Nations near preliminary climate change deal

The deal is still expected to fall short of goals, however.

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World briefs: Americans killed in Afghanistan

Plus: Iraqi town falls; India Twitter arrest; Indonesia mudslide; British troop deployment.

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 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine strives to preserve fragile truce

Meanwhile, U.S. lawmakers were expected Friday to approve new sanctions on Russian weapons companies and oil investors.

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