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  • S Korea court orders dissolution of leftist party
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 8:48 pm
    South Korea's constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators.
  • IMF withholds bailout money for Cyprus
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 6:42 pm
    The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it won't release $108 million (88 million euros) in rescue money for bailed-out Cyprus after the country's parliament voted to hold a key foreclosure law from taking effect at the end of December.
  • Report: Australian lawmaker's adviser arrested
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 6:30 pm
    The media adviser to eccentric Australian lawmaker Clive Palmer has been arrested in relation to an alleged kidnapping, local media reported Friday.
  • Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 5:42 pm
    If the U.S. government's claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen's latest comedy, no one can say they weren't warned. The movie, "The Interview," pushed all of North Korea's buttons.
  • Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 5:30 pm
    The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.
  • Protection sought for scenic California region
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 5:24 pm
    A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.
  • UN Experts: Taliban radicals against peace gain prominence
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 4:24 pm
    Radical splinter groups within the Taliban movement that oppose any negotiation with Afghanistan's new government are gaining prominence, U.N. experts said in a report circulated Thursday.
  • US announces protections for transgender workers
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 4:24 pm
    The Justice Department is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people, according to a memo released Thursday by Attorney General Eric Holder.
  • Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 4:19 pm
    Latin America is welcoming the renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States, but the rapprochement may complicate matters for Havana's chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American.
  • EU leaders agree to fund for jumpstarting growth
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 4:19 pm
    European Union leaders agreed Thursday to create a strategic investment fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros ($386 billion) in private- and public-sector money to upgrade infrastructure, jumpstart the EU's sluggish economies and ignite job growth.
  • A post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 4:12 pm
    With a recent streak of activism, President Barack Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors.
  • Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 3:48 pm
    The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies, the government confirmed Thursday.
  • Review: Secret Service needs outsider as leader
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 3:31 pm
    The Secret Service is an "insular" agency that needs a new director hired from the outside, according to former government officials tasked with examining the embattled agency after a man with a knife stormed the White House.
  • Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 3:18 pm
    Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces.
  • Contractors ill-equipped for secret Cuba programs
    Associated Press | December 18, 2014 3:06 pm
    When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations -- leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.
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