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  • Cuba's Raul Castro steps out of brother's shadow with U.S. deal, support surges

    Friday, 3:23 PM

    Man walks near a sign with an image of Cuban President Raul Castro in HavanaBy Daniel Trotta and Rosa Tania Valdés HAVANA (Reuters) - Stepping out of his legendary brother's shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States. For many Cubans, the restoration of diplomatic relations and President Barack Obama's promise to dismantle economic sanctions against the communist-run island have raised hopes of a more prosperous future. ...


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  • China arrests U.S. missionary near North Korea border

    Friday, 12:50 PM

    By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Friday arrested Korean American missionary who was being held near the country's border with North Korea, signaling a toughening crackdown on Christian activists in the sensitive region. Peter Hahn, 74, is being charged with embezzlement and counterfeiting receipts, his lawyer, Zhang Peihong, told Reuters. Zhang said he believed authorities were targeting Hahn because of his Christian faith and because he ran a non-governmental organization. "The charges leveled against him are just excuses," Zhang said. ...... read more

  • Cuban relatives of U.S. spy in dark after news of release

    Friday, 6:32 PM

    By Phil Stewart and David Adams WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) - His release from a Cuban prison has been as cloak-and-dagger as his spying career ever was. Not even the family of Rolando Sarraff Trujillo appears to know what has happened to the Cuban man believed by some to be the U.S. informant secretly freed in a prisoner swap between Cuba and the United States that was announced on Wednesday. "All I can say is that ... ...... read more

  • After turbulent year, Obama aims for quiet Hawaii getaway

    Saturday, 1:21 AM

    President Barack Obama and the first family disembark Air Force One after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for their annual family Christmas vacation Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Honolulu. The first family will be staying in Kailua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)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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  • Israel aircraft hit Gaza for first time since August truce

    Saturday, 12:56 AM

    Palestinian protesters take cover from tear gas thrown by Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, north of Ramallah on December 19, 2014Israeli aircraft hit Gaza for the first time since an August truce ended 50 days of war after a rocket hit the Jewish state, witnesses and the army said early Saturday. A spokesman for Gaza's health ministry said there were no casualties in the air strike, which came just hours after the rocket hit an open field in southern Israel on Friday without causing casualties or damage. It was only the third instance of rocket fire from Gaza since the August 26 truce between Israel and the territory's Islamist de facto rulers Hamas. The Israeli army said the air strike had "targeted a Hamas terror infrastructure site".


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  • Xi warns Hong Kong and Macau in 'one China' message

    Saturday, 12:33 AM

    A flag raising ceremony is held to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Macau's handover from Portugal to Chinese rule, in Macau, December 20, 2014Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Hong Kong and Macau on Saturday to remember they are part of "one China", as pro-democracy campaigners in both semi-autonomous territories call for free leadership elections. Dozens of protesters marched through Macau's historic centre Saturday afternoon as Xi wrapped up his two-day visit, just days after police cleared the last remaining protest sites in neighbouring Hong Kong. "I am uncertain about Macau's future, so we have to come out to make noise for ourselves," said Mark Pang, a 15-year-old high school student who held up an open yellow umbrella -- the symbol of the Hong Kong democracy movement.


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  • Accolades pour in for Lakers' Bryant

    Friday, 3:56 PM

    NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana PacersBy Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has often been a polarizing figure during his illustrious NBA career, criticized by some for being too selfish and not doing enough as a facilitator for his team mates. For his peers, however, Bryant is simply a winner and will do whatever it takes to instill a winning mindset, even though this season has been especially challenging for an injury-hit team decidedly low in overall quality. ...


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  • Nizhny and Zalgiris seal Euroleague Top 16 berths

    Friday, 12:07 PM

    By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Euroleague debutants Nizhny Novgorod and 1999 champions Zalgiris Kaunas booked the last two berths in the competition’s second group stage on Friday. Nizhny overpowered more fancied fellow Russians Unics Kazan 78-74 thanks to an outstanding performance by forward Tarence Kinsey and Zalgiris progressed after a dramatic 80-79 defeat of Italians Dinamo Sassari. ...... read more

  • Sport-Off-field drama takes focus away from top displays

    Friday, 12:04 PM

    NFL: Commissioner Roger Goodell-Press ConferenceBy Steve Keating (Reuters) - The stadiums and arenas where fans go to escape were invaded like never before in 2014 as the reality of racism, domestic violence and equality turned the Fields of Dreams into gloomy landscapes. LeBron James's homecoming, a Super Bowl blowout, a throwback World Series pitching performance and a Stanley Cup comeback for the ages all provided enough drama, suspense and awe to keep the turnstiles twirling and television ratings soaring. ...


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  • Lawyer: Woman did not intend to hit pedestrians

    Saturday, 1:04 AM

    Mourners placed flowers at a make shift memorial Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, near where a driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a church as a Christmas service ended Wednesday night in Redondo Beach, Calif. Three people were killed and several others were injured including five children, police said. Margo Bronstein, 56, was arrested after the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen pedestrians outside a California church, describing her as someone who "does not live her life recklessly."


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  • Cuba protests planned in Miami, but turnout unclear

    Saturday, 1:01 AM

    MIAMI (AP) — Cuban-American groups opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the Castro government plan to protest Saturday in Miami... read more

  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

    Saturday, 12:30 AM

    President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action and a Chinese agreement to combat global warming. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.


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  • Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyberattack

    Friday, 10:09 PM

    U.S. President Obama responds to a question after his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America. Obama said the cyberattack caused a lot of damage to Sony but the company should not have let itself be intimidated into halting the public release of "The Interview," a lampoon portraying the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. ...


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  • Three air-bag accidents at Boeing plant lead to extra safety measures

    Friday, 7:55 PM

    Boeing 787 Dreamliner under construction is pictured at the Boeing facility in EverettSEATTLE (Reuters) - Workers at planemaker Boeing's Everett plant near Seattle are following extra safety measures after three air bag-related accidents, including the death of a technician last month, the company said on Friday. No one was seriously hurt when an air bag deployed on Dec. 13 as a seat supplier technician was working on a Zodiac Aerospace seat on a plane being readied for delivery, Boeing spokesman Wilson Chow said. ...


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  • Sony to release 'The Interview' after all?

    Friday, 7:09 PM

    Sony to release 'The Interview' after all?Two days after saying it wouldn't release the controversial film, the movie maker now says it wants to offer customers a way to see it "on a different platform.">


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  • UN chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit

    Saturday, 12:37 AM

    U.N. Secretary General Ban has his temperature checked upon arrival at the Roberts International airport in MonroviaBy Matthew Mpoke Bigg HASTINGS, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people. Ban paid tribute to local workers and the United Nations, but he singled out medics from the three countries at the heart of the epidemic who have fallen sick while treating patients. ...


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  • American nurse exposed to Ebola released from hospital

    Friday, 7:52 PM

    Patients entrance of National Institutes of Health is shown in Bethesda(Reuters) - An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was released from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Friday without showing signs of the disease, NIH said. "The patient has shown no clinical or laboratory evidence of Ebola infection and will complete 21 days of monitoring at a private residence in Virginia under the direction of the Virginia Department of Health," NIH said in a statement. ...


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  • Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

    Friday, 5:52 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.... read more