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Gunman kills two New York police officers in possible revenge attack

NEW YORK - A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers and then killed himself, police said, after a social media post indicated he may having been seeking revenge for the death of an unarmed black man during an arrest attempt.

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North Korea denies hacking Sony

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea has said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. | Video

As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas

GENK, Belgium - In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow.

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Afghan Taliban decry 'biased' U.N. report on civilian casualties

KABUL - Afghanistan's Taliban on Sunday accused the United Nations of "enmity and political motives" in reporting that three-quarters of a record-high number of civilians killed and wounded this year were victims of the insurgents.

U.S. sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Four Afghans held for over a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a gradual push by the Obama administration to close the jail.

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Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system

HAVANA - President Raul Castro demanded on Saturday that the United States respect Cuba's communist rule as the two countries work to restore diplomatic ties, and warned that Cuban-American exiles might try to sabotage the rapprochement.

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CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT

WASHINGTON - A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times.

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New leadership seeks to rebuild EU self-confidence

BRUSSELS - Short, snappy and focused on two priorities - reviving sagging investment in Europe and standing firm towards Russia, the first European Union summit under new leadership was a demonstrative break with the past.