A woman carries a signing reading 'Obama is a murderer just like Castro'; as anti-Castro activists protest in Little Havana in Miami, Florida December 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Javier Galeano

Rage, joy in Little Havana

MIAMI - News that Washington will restore diplomatic relations with Cuba divided America's 1.5-million-strong Cuban exile community and threatened to shake up the political landscape in the vital battleground state of Florida.  Full Article 

Asia encouraged by Wall Street bounce, upbeat Fed 8:01pm EST

SYDNEY - Asian share markets rallied on Thursday after U.S. stocks enjoyed their strongest session this year when the Federal Reserve sounded upbeat on the economy and promised to be patient in removing policy stimulus.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen attends a conference of central bankers hosted by the Bank of France in Paris November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Fed opens door wider to rate hike

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, dropping a pledge to keep them near zero for a "considerable time."  Full Article | Video 

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is seen on a screen as he addresses to members of parliament and other top officials in the Kremlin, at a retirement home in Stavropol, December 4, 2014.REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko

Will the real Russia please stand up?

Years of cyclical relations, engagement and disappointment, confrontation and compromise have spawned many “Russias” for the West. Each image lends itself to a different set of policy prescriptions.  Commentary 

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California in this December 11, 2014 file photo.    REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

Sony pulls release of 'Interview'

LOS ANGELES - Sony Pictures pulled the theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," hours before a U.S. government source said investigators determined that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony over the film.  Full Article | Video 

A mother mourns her son Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at her house in Peshawar, Pakistan, Dec. 16, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Will Pakistan cut ties with Islamic militants?

If Pakistan's reciprocation against extremists is to represent a genuine turning point in the nation's long battle with violence, military and civilian leaders must take a couple of decisive steps.  Commentary 

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks to FIFA President Sepp Blatter during the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

FIFA ethics investigator Garcia resigns

MARRAKECH, Morocco - FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned in protest at the way his report into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process was handled by Hans-Joachim Eckert, the ethics judge of soccer's governing body.  Full Article