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Eight children killed in Australia in reported mass stabbing

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

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Pakistan to challenge bail for Mumbai attack 'mastermind'

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani prosecutors are to appeal against a court decision to grant bail to a man accused of plotting a 2008 militant assault in India's financial capital that killed 166 people and seriously strained ties between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

5:01am EST

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

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

Cuba, U.S. 18 Dec 2014

Of $5.4 billion pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered

GAZA - Two months after donors pledged $5.4 billion to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, U.N. and other officials say barely 2 percent of the money has been transferred.

Israel 5:15am EST

In dealings with the West, Erdogan holds all the cards

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.

Turkey 2:04am EST

Man drives car into headquarters of Spain's ruling party

MADRID - A Spanish businessman drove a car containing gas cylinders into the headquarters of Spain's ruling People's Party on Friday, triggering a major police alert, official spokesmen said.

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