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Latin Americans praise Obama easing Cuba embargo

Nations hope the move can spark more investment and ease Cold War-era resentments throughout the hemisphere.

Cuba as the next hot travel destination for Americans?

Travel industry experts and people who currently run tours from the U.S. giddily hope so.

U.S., Cuba make historic move to ease Cold War stance

In addition to reopening the embassy in Havana, the administration plans on relaxing trade and financial restrictions and reviewing Cuba’s status as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Pakistan mourns killings, leader vows to pursue terrorists

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he would lift a moratorium on the death penalty.

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Freed U.S. spy, never before disclosed, was vital asset

Freed U.S. spy, never before disclosed, was vital asset

The White House said the Cuban-born spy helped unravel several long-running Cuban espionage operations.

In speech, Raul Castro thanks Obama, Pope Francis

In speech, Raul Castro thanks Obama, Pope Francis

His written statement is a reminder that, at least in style, Raul Castro is the opposite of his older brother.

Oil spill is called Israel’s worst environmental disaster

Oil spill is called Israel’s worst environmental disaster

A pipeline breach two weeks ago has sent crude into the heart of a precious nature preserve in the desert.

For Putin, an economic crisis fraught with risk

For Putin, an economic crisis fraught with risk

Russia’s ruble stabilized Wednesday, but declining living standards promise an uncertain future.

Anguish, outrage in Pakistan after attack on school kills at least 141

Anguish, outrage in Pakistan after attack on school kills at least 141

Nine staffers and 132 students were killed in an attack that also drew widespread condemnation.

Ruble’s rapid tumble turns up heat on Putin

Ruble’s rapid tumble turns up heat on Putin

Vladi­mir Putin’s basic bargain with Russian voters — unchallenged power for economic prosperity — is in danger of unraveling.

North Korea asks U.N. to investigate CIA’s ‘brutal’ actions

North Korea asks U.N. to investigate CIA’s ‘brutal’ actions

Pyongyang, facing referral to the ICC for its human rights abuses, is trying to turn the tables.

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Foreign fighters flow to Syria

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Refuge: Stories from the Syrian exodus

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Views of devastation in Pakistani school

Views of devastation in Pakistani school

A spokesman for Pakistan’s military walks viewers through the devastation inside a school in Peshawar, where a Taliban attack killed at least 141 people, mostly children, on Tuesday.
Cuba embraces diplomatic relations with U.S.

Cuba embraces diplomatic relations with U.S.

Following the news of American contractor Alan Gross's release from prison, new doors to a diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and the communist-run country have begun to open.
Mourning across Pakistan for school victims

Mourning across Pakistan for school victims

Prayer vigils are being held in Pakistan as the nation prepares for mass funerals for 141 people, most of them children, killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the country's northwest.
American Alan Gross freed from Cuba

American Alan Gross freed from Cuba

Cuba released American Alan Gross as part of a prisoner swap that could herald broader discussions on strengthening ties and perhaps ending the decades-long U.S. economic embargo against its long-time communist foe.
Hundreds tango dance for Pope Francis’s birthday

Hundreds tango dance for Pope Francis’s birthday

Couples celebrated Pope Francis's birthday with a mass tango dance in Saint Peter's square.
Funerals, protests follow Pakistan school attack

Funerals, protests follow Pakistan school attack

The Taliban massacre that killed 148 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation. The nation is mourning and mass funerals for the victims are now underway.
AP: U.S. recruited rappers to spark change in Cuba

AP: U.S. recruited rappers to spark change in Cuba

An investigation revealed that a U.S. agency infiltrated Cuba’s underground hip-hop scene to turn youth against the government, ultimately ruining what was an authentic form of protest in Cuba.
Europe's largest menorah lit in Germany

Europe's largest menorah lit in Germany

Europe's biggest menorah display was lit in Berlin, Germany on Tuesday evening to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights.
Santa races take off around the world

Santa races take off around the world

Runners in both Greece and Australia took part in charity runs dressed in Santa Claus costumes Sunday.
Thousands run through Paris as Santa

Thousands run through Paris as Santa

More than six thousand runners dressed as Santa Claus took part in a six-mile race Sunday in Paris to benefit humanitarian organizations.
Slain Australian hostages hailed as heroes

Slain Australian hostages hailed as heroes

Tearful Australians lay flowers Tuesday at the popular Sydney cafe where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours.
Palestinians seek end-of-occupation vote at U.N.

Palestinians seek end-of-occupation vote at U.N.

Palestinian officials will take a new resolution to the United Nations to end the Israeli occupation of the West Bank by late 2016. The announcement came as new figures show the Jewish settler population in the territory is on the rise.
Abbott: Sydney gunman ‘not on watch lists’

Abbott: Sydney gunman ‘not on watch lists’

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott called the man who held hostages for 16 hours at a Sydney cafe “a deeply disturbed person.” Abbott says the gunman, Man Haron Monis, was not on a terror watch list.
North Koreans leave flowers for Kim Jong Il

North Koreans leave flowers for Kim Jong Il

North Koreans marked the third anniversary of the death of their former leader Kim Jong Il on Tuesday. Thousands of people in Pyongyang left flowers under a giant statue of him.
Australian prime minister lays flowers at memorial

Australian prime minister lays flowers at memorial

Tearful Australians laid mounds of flowers at the site of the Sydney cafe where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours. Prime Minister Tony Abbott joined the national mourning and laid a bouquet at Martin Place.
3 dead, including gunman, in Sydney hostage siege

3 dead, including gunman, in Sydney hostage siege

Australian police say three people, including the gunman, are dead after a hostage siege that lasted for more than 16 hours at a cafe in downtown Sydney. They say the gunman died in a confrontation with police.

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Five insurgents stormed a bank in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, killing at least 10 people and wounding 15.

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Taliban storm elite army high school in Pakistan

Attack kills 132 students and nine teachers or staff members with scores more injured, Pakistani officials say.

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Holiday decorations, concert for panda triplets, Mariah Carey sings, independent coal miners in Bosnia and more.

Clashes continue over missing students in Mexico

Protesters press the government to find students who disappeared in September.

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Landslide causes deaths in Indonesia

At least 30 dead, dozens missing after heavy rain causes mudslide.

A 50-day war that will last forever

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West coast storms, former Guantanamo inmates resettled in Uruguay, beer keg Christmas tree and more.

Search for bodies reveals a horrifying history

The disappearance of 43 students in Mexico has unleashed a flood of new accusations.

Holiday decorations around the world

With lights, greenery and gingerbread, cities around the globe celebrate the holiday season.

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Dismantling a protest site in Hong Kong

Authorities cleared barricades from a pro-democracy camp that spread across a busy highway.

Royal couple in New York

William and Catherine plan talks and a tour during their visit.