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Putin says Russia economy will be cured but offers no remedy

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

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U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

HAVANA/WASHINGTON - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. | Video

Politics, U.S. 5:53am EST

Egypt constituency law sets stage for long-awaited elections

CAIRO - Egypt on Thursday cleared a final hurdle to long-awaited parliamentary elections seen as decisive in cementing the rule of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted President Mohamed Mursi, and excluding the banned Muslim Brotherhood from politics.

Egypt 8:17am EST

Putin says deal on Iran's nuclear program 'very close'

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the six world powers and Iran were "very close" to reaching an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.

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Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle an increasingly aggressive Taliban insurgency. | Video

Afghanistan 4:36am EST

U.N. launches 2015 Syria appeal, focuses on helping refugees' host nations

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations called on Thursday for more than $8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in need in Syria, wrecked by civil war, and across the region in 2015.

United Nations, Syria 9:17am EST

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