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Court orders partner of Sydney hostage-taker jailed

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SYDNEY - An Australian court on Monday ordered bail revoked for the partner of a self-styled Sheikh who last week stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint, sparking a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people dead, including the gunman.

World, Australia 2:56am EST

Essebsi declares win in Tunisia election, rival contests

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TUNIS - Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential run-off vote, seen as the last step in Tunisia's shift to full democracy four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. | Video

World, Tunisia 1:35am EST

Sony hack puts Japan's Abe in bind over North Korea abductee talks

TOKYO - U.S. accusations that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures could force Japan to choose between backing its ally Washington and keeping talks on track with Pyongyang about Japanese citizens abducted decades ago.

China condemns cyberattacks, but does not mention North Korea

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BEIJING/WASHINGTON - China has said it opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed by Washington for the assault.

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

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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. 1:07am EST

Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

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WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. | Video

Sun, Dec 21 2014

Saudi Arabia says won't cut oil output

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ABU DHABI - Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it would not cut output to prop up oil markets even if non-OPEC nations did so, in one of the toughest signals yet that the world's top petroleum exporter plans to ride out the market's biggest slump in years.

21 Dec 2014

Police officers' slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

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NEW YORK - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his political career on Sunday after a gunman killed two police officers in an attack intended to avenge recent police killings of unarmed black men in the United States. | Video

21 Dec 2014

Obama calls Philadelphia police commissioner after NYC police shootings

HONOLULU - U.S. President Barack Obama called Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey on Sunday to express his outrage over the recent killings of two New York City Police officers, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

21 Dec 2014

Obama to name Sally Yates as pick for deputy attorney general

HONOLULU - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Monday that U.S. Attorney Sally Yates will be his nominee for deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, a U.S. official said.

Politics, U.S. 21 Dec 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.