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New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

NEW YORK - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored protesters on Monday to wait until after the funerals of two policemen shot dead in an ambush before resuming rallies that have roiled the city and beyond over the deaths of black men at the hands of police. | Video

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Exclusive: Senate Republican leader McConnell opposes Obama on Cuba

WASHINGTON - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he opposed U.S. President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Cuba, and spoke of steps lawmakers might take to rein in the new policy.

Politics, Cuba 22 Dec 2014

U.S. leads 22 more air strikes against Islamic State: task force

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria on Monday and 10 strikes Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement.

22 Dec 2014

Ex-minister Kudrin warns of 'full-fledged crisis' in Russia

MOSCOW - Russia's government has pushed the country into an economic crisis by not tackling its financial problems fast enough, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Monday, as evidence mounted of trouble spreading through the economy. | Video

22 Dec 2014

U.S. to review move not to charge ex-officer in Milwaukee fatal shooting

MILWAUKEE - The U.S. Department of Justice will investigate the death of a black man who was fatally shot by a white former Milwaukee police officer after local prosecutors refused to charge him, saying he acted in self-defense.

22 Dec 2014

Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency

WASHINGTON - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation.

Politics, U.S. 22 Dec 2014

Confusion over start of gay marriages next month in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida court officials, citing confusion after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on the state's same-sex marriage ban, agreed on Monday to ask a federal judge to clarify where gay couples may begin to tie the knot next month.

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Ex-Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairman sentenced to five years for graft

HONG KONG - Former co-chairman of Hong Kong-listed developer Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd, Thomas Kwok, was sentenced to five years in jail and a HK$500,000 ($64,440) fine on Tuesday for corruption in the city's highest profile graft case.