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By By ERIC TUCKER and TED BRIDIS | December 20, 2014 12:06 am
Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
  • Iraq's Shiite fighters desert over shortages
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 11:18 pm
    Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq's top Shiite cleric to help save the country from the Islamic State group, but after less than three months on the front lines he and several friends returned home because they had run out of food.
  • Tour agents: North Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 11:18 pm
    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 the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon.
  • AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 10:36 pm
    Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists.
  • Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 10:30 pm
    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.
  • Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 10:30 pm
    Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks.
  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 M for oil spill
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 7:42 pm
    The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006.
  • Obama calls on women only at news conference
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 6:30 pm
    Something was missing from President Barack Obama's year-end news conference. Male questioners.
  • State Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 6:06 pm
    The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays.
  • No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 6:06 pm
    Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro.
  • China arrests US aid worker near N. Korean border
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 5:36 pm
    A Korean-American aid worker running a school in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday, in a sign that authorities are increasingly sensitive about activities by foreigners in the border region.
  • Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 5:31 pm
    Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.
  • Franciscan religious order in 'grave' financial crisis
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 5:06 pm
    The main Franciscan religious order in the Roman Catholic Church is in a financial crisis because of alleged wrongdoing from within and outside its ranks, head of the order said.
  • UN urging Taliban to reduce Afghan civilian casualties
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:42 pm
    The U.N. said Friday it's been talking to the Taliban about reducing civilian casualties in Afghanistan but hasn't seen any change on the ground, where it attributes 75 percent of deaths and injuries this year to the insurgent group that used to rule the country.
  • Obama renews tax breaks, creates ABLE accounts
    Associated Press | December 19, 2014 4:30 pm
    President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that temporarily extends dozens of costly tax breaks for millions of businesses and homeowners, commuters, teachers and others.
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