World News Headlines

Thu, Dec 18 2014

As U.S. eases hostilities, Cuba faces new challenge

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HAVANA - For decades, it was Cuba's first response to criticism. | Video

World, Cuba, U.S. 18 Dec 2014

Eight children killed in Australia in reported mass stabbing

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SYDNEY - Eight children have been killed and a woman who was mother to seven of them was injured in the northern Australian city of Cairns, police said on Friday, in what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing. | Video

U.S. Marine in Philippine murder case makes first court appearance

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OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines - A United States Marine accused of killing a transgender Filipino appeared in a Philippine court for the first time on Friday, as his lawyers sought the suspension of the trial, in a case that could test the strength of security ties between the two allies.

18 Dec 2014

In dealings with the West, Erdogan holds all the cards

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ISTANBUL - President Tayyip Erdogan's tightening grip on power is likely to meet little more than symbolic resistance from the West next year, as Turkey's G20 presidency and the fight against Islamic State trump concerns about a slide towards authoritarianism.

World, Turkey 2:04am EST

Putin says Russia economy will be cured, offers no remedy

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MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin assured Russians on Thursday that the economy would rebound after the ruble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy for a deepening financial crisis. | Video

World, Russia 18 Dec 2014

EU leaders ready long confrontation with Russia

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BRUSSELS - European Union leaders warned Moscow they were ready exercise their combined muscle over the long haul in a confrontation with an economically wounded Russia if President Vladimir Putin refused to pull back from Ukraine.

World, Russia 18 Dec 2014

Pakistan to appeal bail for man accused of masterminding Mumbai attack

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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan plans to appeal against a court decision to grant bail to a man accused of masterminding 2008 attacks in India's financial capital that killed 166 people, prosecutors said on Friday.

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Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 172 women, children in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sunday during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Gumsuri, residents said on Thursday.

World, Africa 18 Dec 2014

China jails captain for deadly plane crash

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BEIJING - A Chinese court has jailed for three years the captain of a plane that crashed four years ago killing 44 people after finding him guilty of negligence, state media reported on Friday.

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U.S.-led air strikes focus on Islamic State Kobani in Syria

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WASHINGTON - U.S.-led air strikes in Syria focused on the contested city of Kobani near the Turkish border on Thursday, with six air strikes that destroyed seven Islamic State fighting positions, a building and a tactical unit, the U.S. military said.

18 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.