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

1 hour 2 min ago
HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system....
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Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

2 hours 37 min ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails....
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Panama's Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion

2 hours 56 min ago
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and economic prosperity a quarter-century after the strongman was toppled by a U.S. military invasion....
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Burying the dead after Pakistan's school massacre

2 hours 59 min ago
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- One of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he says....
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A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US

3 hours 1 min ago
HAVANA (AP) -- Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks exile may not be her only choice....
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5 comedy alternatives to 'The Interview'

3 hours 36 min ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kim Jong Un isn't alone....
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Immigrants build document trails to remain in US

6 hours 32 min ago
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts....
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N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

6 hours 49 min ago
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack....
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Burying the dead after Pakistan's school massacre

7 hours 20 min ago
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- One of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he says....
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Afghan leader's two-man government raises concerns

7 hours 33 min ago
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- President Ashraf Ghani has promised a complete overhaul of Afghanistan's government to root out corruption and incompetence, but after three months in office, three missed deadlines and countless promises, he and his election rival-turned-deputy have yet to appoint a single Cabinet minister....
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Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future

8 hours 17 min ago
MIAMI (AP) -- One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the action....
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Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

8 hours 27 min ago
PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) -- With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night")....
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Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

8 hours 34 min ago
HAVANA (AP) -- To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty....
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After turbulent year, Obama aims for quiet Hawaii getaway

9 hours 27 min ago
KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) -- A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet....
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Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

9 hours 42 min ago
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete....
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Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

11 hours 37 min ago
PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) -- With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night")....
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2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel

11 hours 42 min ago
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone - and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama....
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Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

11 hours 42 min ago
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed that the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon....
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Falling oil prices worry Algeria

11 hours 49 min ago
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch....
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Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

12 hours 30 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica....
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