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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

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Canada PM says Parliament attacker may not have been lone wolf

OTTAWA - The man who killed a Canadian soldier and then stormed the Parliament in October may not have been acting alone, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday.

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Colombia's Trasandino oil pipeline shut by rebel bomb attack

BOGOTA - The Trasandino pipeline in southern Colombia was suspended on Wednesday after a bomb attack by leftist guerrillas that caused a significant oil spill on the damaged stretch, state-owned oil company Ecopetrol said.

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Opponent calls for Putin's exit as Russia slides into crisis

MOSCOW - A prominent opponent has warned Vladimir Putin his days in power are numbered, as Russia awaits the president's response to the dramatic decline of the rouble.

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Greek PM Samaras falls short in first round presidential vote

ATHENS - Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Wednesday, leaving Prime Minister Antonis Samaras still looking for as many as 20 votes from independents and small parties to avoid snap national elections early next year.

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EU court says Hamas should be removed from terror list

BRUSSELS - The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.

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