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Cuban Exiled Speak: US-Cuba Ties Make Regime Stronger, People Weaker

Evilio Ordonez holds Cuban and American flags during a protest against President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI—Waving U.S. and Cuban flags and chanting “Obama, traitor,” anti-Castro protesters gathered Saturday in a Little Havana park in a show of opposition to the...


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  • A man watches TV footage showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a ceremony marking the third anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-Il's death, at a railway station in Seoul on December 17, 2014. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

    China Arrests US Aid Worker in North Korea Border Town

    BEIJING—A Korean-American aid worker working in a Chinese city near North Korea has been arrested on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his... Read more

  • Emergency services workers cover off the perimeter fence of a house where eight children have been found dead in a Cairns suburb in far north Queensland, Australia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Graeme Bint)

    8 Children Murdered, Mother Stabbed in Australia Home

    SYDNEY—Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Police... Read more

  • A woman walks by a sign at Cyber Terror Response Center of National Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea, on July 16, 2013. Most North Koreans have never even seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber infiltrations of South Korean computer systems in recent years, officials in Seoul believe, despite North Korea protesting innocence. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    A Look at North Korea’s Cyberwar Capabilities

    SEOUL, South Korea—Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has... Read more

  • Chairs are upturned and blood stains the floor at the Army Public School auditorium the day after Taliban gunmen stormed the school in Peshawar, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Pakistan mourned as the nation prepares for mass funerals Wednesday for over 140 people, most of them children, killed in the Taliban massacre in a military-run school in the country’s northwest in the deadliest and most horrific attacks in years, officials said. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Pakistan School: Devastation Where 148 Were Slain

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan— The Taliban massacre that killed 148 people — mostly children — at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of devastation... Read more

  • Flowers are left as a sign of respect at Martin Place on Dec. 17, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

    Sydney Siege Brings Out Community Spirit

    SYDNEY—It was a terrible 17 hours in downtown Sydney on Dec. 15 – one deranged gunman, 17 hostages, hundreds of heavily armed police and finally... Read more

  • A Pakistani army soldier takes position on a bunker close to a school under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The attack began in the morning when the gunmen entered the school and started shooting at random. Army commandos quickly arrived at the scene and started exchanging fire with the gunmen. Students wearing green school uniforms could be seen fleeing the area on Pakistani television. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    A Look at the Pakistani Taliban Militant Group

    A look at the Pakistani Taliban, a militant organization that has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar:... Read more

  • Pakistani parents escort their children outside a school attacked by the Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Seven Years of Major Militant Attacks in Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD—Pakistan has been gripped by an insurgency for more than a decade, an internal war with the Taliban and other radical groups that has killed... Read more

  • Hostages run to safety during a cafe siege in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.  A swarm of heavily armed police stormed the cafe in the heart of downtown Sydney early Tuesday, ending a siege where a gunman had been holding 17 people hostage for more than 16 hours. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Sydney Hostages Pleaded for Help for Sick, Elderly, Young

    SYDNEY—The Sydney hostages pleaded for help — for those among them who were pregnant, sick and elderly. Also for those who were young and deserved... Read more

  • A Pakistani girl, who was injured in a Taliban attack in a school, is rushed to a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Taliban Attacks Pakistan School, Kills 132 Children and 9 Staff

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan—In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people — almost all... Read more

  • A Pakistani man comforts a student standing at the bedside of a boy who was injured in a Taliban attack on a school, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in over a year.(AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Death Toll in Pakistani School Attack Rises to 126

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan— A Pakistani official says the death toll in a Taliban attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar has risen to... Read more

  • Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Pakistan Taliban Gunmen Attack School, Kill at Least 84

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan—Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 84 people, officials said, in the... Read more

  • An injured hostage is wheeled to an ambulance after shots were fired during  a cafe  siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the cafe or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the cafe's windows showed several people with their arms in the air.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Sydney Hostage Siege Ends With 3 Dead, Including Gunman, Say Police

    SYDNEY—Amid a barrage of gunfire, police stormed a cafe in the heart of Sydney early Tuesday to end a 16-hour hostage siege by an Iranian-born... Read more

  • A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the cafe or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the cafe's windows showed several people with their arms in the air. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Police Storm Sydney Cafe to Rescue Hostages

    SYDNEY—A flurry of loud bangs erupted early Tuesday as a swarm of heavily armed police stormed a downtown Sydney cafe where a gunman had been... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, U.S. Marine Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton, a suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino woman, is escorted to his detention as he arrives inside the compound of the Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. Prosecutor Emilie de los Santos said there was "probable cause" that Pemberton, who has been detained since shortly after the October incident, killed Jennifer Laude, whose former name was Jeffrey, in the motel room where the victim's body was found in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

    US Marine Charged With Murder in Filipino Transgender Slaying

    MANILA, Philippines—Philippine government prosecutors charged a U.S. Marine with murder Monday in the killing of a Filipino, saying the suspect acknowledged attacking the victim after... Read more

  • A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Five Hostages Escape From Sydney Cafe; Unknown Number Remain Inside

    SYDNEY—Five people escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages during Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the... Read more

  • Villagers and rescuers examine the site where a landslide swept away houses in Jemblung village, Central Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Torrential rains set off the mudslide down the hills into the village in central Indonesia, killing scores of people with more than 100 missing. (AP Photo/Bayu Nur)

    Death Toll From Indonesian Mudslide Rises to 51

    BANJARNEGARA, Indonesia— The death toll from a mudslide that flattened much of a village in central Indonesia rose to 51 on Monday before rain forced... Read more

  • Police stand at the ready close to a cafe under siege in Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Siege in Sydney: Hostages Taken

    SYDNEY—The central business district of Sydney was under lock-down Dec 15 after hostages were taken in an inner city café. At least 3 hostages were... Read more

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, a healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in the west of Freetown, Sierra Leone.  Dr. Brima Kargbo, Sierra Leone's chief medical officer, confirmed Thursday Dec. 18, 2014, that Dr. Victor Willoughby died earlier in the day after being tested positive for Ebola on Saturday, the 11th doctor in the country to die from the disease that is ravaging West Africa. (AP Photo/Michael Duff, FILE)

    UK, Canadian Military Leaves to Join Ebola Fight

    LONDON— Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak. British... Read more

  • Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith speak to media after a caucus meeting in Edmonton on Dec. 17, 2014. Smith and eight of her remaining caucus members have defected to the Progressive Conservatives, leaving the future of the party that flourished under her up in the air. (The Canadian Press/Jason Franson)

    Rise and Fall of Wildrose Party Inextricably Linked to Danielle Smith

    EDMONTON—Danielle Smith has headed back to her political roots with Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives after spending the last five years fighting to oust them from power... Read more

  • Picture of the Cienfuegos oil refinery, 250 km southeast of Havana, Cuba on Feb. 11, 2013. (Jean-Herve Deiller/AFP/Getty Images)

    Stronger US-Cuba Relations Not Necessarily a Boon for Canadian Businesses

    OTTAWA—Experts believe closer ties between the United States and Cuba will eventually make economic waves for Canadian business, though it remains unclear who stands to... Read more

  • Bruno Verner checks out an iPhone at the Apple store on Oct. 6, 2009, in Montreal. With the passage of Bill C-43, Canada's giant telecoms can now be fined for mistreating customers and breaking the telecommunications act, a move welcomed by open Internet advocates. (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)

    New Rules Give CRTC Power to Penalize Telecom Giants

    OTTAWA—An open Internet advocacy group is hailing new powers the CRTC has to fine telecom companies that break the rules as a victory for the... Read more

  • Rehtaeh Parsons in a handout photo from her Facebook tribute page. A directive from Nova Scotia’s attorney general allowing Rehteah’s name to be reported came as a relief for her father Glen Canning. (The Canadian Press/HO-Facebook)

    Father Pleased Reporting Restrictions Eased on Rehtaeh Parsons’ Name

    HALIFAX—When a judge placed a publication ban on Rehtaeh Parsons’ identity, Glen Canning began wearing a T-shirt to court bearing his daughter’s name in a... Read more

  • A burned-out house in St. Theresa Point First Nation, Manitoba, January 2011. A former band constable who rescued a toddler from a burning home on the reserve says he’s haunted by a baby he wasn’t able to save who perished in the fire. (The Canadian Press/HO, RCMP via Manitoba Law Courts)

    Man Who Rescued Toddler From Burning Home Haunted by Baby He Couldn’t Save

    WINNIPEG—A man who crawled through a window to rescue a toddler from a burning home on a remote Manitoba First Nation says he’s still haunted... Read more

  • The realistically proportioned Lammily Doll. Several recent examples suggest authentic body image representation has started to take hold in the corporate world, often pushed forward by consumers. (Lammily.com)

    Is ‘Normal Barbie’ a Sign of the Times?

    Ten years ago Dove’s “Real Beauty” ad campaign debuted in Canada and quickly spread around the world, a battle-cry against the prevailing female body image... Read more

  • Dramatic changes are needed to improve care for all Canadians at the end of their lives, says a first-of-its-kind report released by Health Quality Ontario. (monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Thinkstock)

    End-of-Life Care Could Use Major Improvements, Report Finds

    Dramatic changes are needed to improve care for all Canadians at the end of their lives, says a new, first-of-its-kind report released by Health Quality... Read more

  • Alan Gross, released after five years in a Cuban prison, smiles as he and his wife Judy arrive for a news conference in Washington on Dec. 17, 2014. The White House is thankful to Canada for hosting secret meetings that led to the re-establishment of relations between the U.S. and Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    White House Thanks Canada for Hosting Key Meetings Between US, Cuba

    OTTAWA—The White House is extending its thanks to Canada for hosting the meetings that led to the United States and Cuba agreeing to re-establish diplomatic... Read more

  • BC Approves Construction of Contentious Site C Dam

    VICTORIA—The British Columbia government has approved its most expensive mega project with the construction of an $8.8 billion dam that has been part of B.C.’s... Read more

  • Canadian Man Finds Woman With Ex-girlfriend’s Name for Free Trip Around the World

    TORONTO—A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend... Read more

  • Ottawa Announces New Initiative to Make Air Travel to US Easier

    TORONTO—The federal government has unveiled a new initiative aimed at making air travel to the United States easier. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says NEXUS members... Read more

  • Border Agents Find Cocaine in Car Spare Tire

    BUFFALO, N.Y.— Border officers say inconsistencies in the spare tire of a car entering from Canada led them to 12 pounds of cocaine. U.S. Customs... Read more

  • The draft design of the National Memorial to Victims of Communism depicts several “folds” with over 100 million pixel-like “memory squares”—each representing an individual victim—covering the exterior face of the folds. The concept is based on an idea that the memory squares will create a kind of mosaic image when viewed from the platform to the right of the picture. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times)

    Design for Memorial to Victims of Communism Unveiled

    OTTAWA—The winning design for a memorial to the victims of communism was unveiled on Parliament Hill Thursday, Dec. 11. The memorial will commemorate the 100... Read more

  • Fishermen carry a hammerhead shark to market in Mogadishu, Somalia. Some shark species are threatened because their fins are used to make expensive delicacies in Asia. Recently released documents indicate the Canadian government has reservations about restricting international trade in endangered species. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Canada Opts out of Resolutions to Restrict Trade in 76 Endangered Species

    Recently released documents indicate the federal government has reservations about restricting international trade in endangered species—more of them than almost any other government on Earth... Read more

  • Toronto's outgoing Mayor Rob Ford (centre) stands next to his brother Doug Ford (right) outside his office as he scrums with the media before signing bobble heads in Toronto on Nov. 21, 2014. Rob Ford says he's due for a fifth round of chemotherapy next week but that if he beats cancer he'll take another run for mayor of Toronto. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)

    Ford Promises Mayoral Comeback If Health Rebounds; Due for 5th Round of Chemo

    TORONTO—Rob Ford says he’s due for a fifth round of chemotherapy next week but that if he beats cancer he’ll take another run for mayor... Read more

  • The U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter sits at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., July 14, 2011. An independent review of the troubled F-35 stealth fighter program warns Ottawa that there's increasingly less wiggle room in its $9 billion budget envelope if it intends to buy the F-35 stealth fighter. (The Canadian Press/AP, U.S. Air Force, Samuel King Jr.)

    Review Warns Government That Cost of Replacing CF-18s Is Rising

    OTTAWA—The Harper government is being warned that there’s increasingly less wiggle room in its $9 billion budget envelope if it intends to buy the F-35... Read more

  • Bosnian soldiers repair warning signs and search for landmines in fields near the banks of the river Bosnia which flooded a town near Sarajevo, May 20. The flooding unearthed landmines left over from Bosnia’s 1992-95 war and washed away the signs that marked them. (AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic)

    Kerry’s Musing on U.S. Joining Ottawa Landmines Treaty Welcome: Axworthy

    OTTAWA—The Canadian foreign minister who was a driving force behind a groundbreaking treaty to ban landmines 17 years ago says he sees encouraging signs that... Read more

  • In a hug that captured hearts around the world, the Duchess of Cambridge embraces six-year-old cancer patient Diamond Marshall as the royal couple arrives in Calgary on July 7, 2011. Diamond died on Dec. 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Ian Vogler/Pool)

    Little Girl Who Met Duchess Kate Dies After Battle With Cancer

    CALGARY—A young Alberta cancer patient whose timid embrace of the Duchess of Cambridge captured hearts around the world has died. The family of nine-year-old Diamond... Read more

  • Shayla Gutterman was treated successfully for her eating disorder at the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Ontario. For those suffering from an eating disorder, the holiday season can represent a minefield of triggers capable of sparking a dangerous downward spiral. (The Canadian Press/Dave Chidley)

    Holiday Season a Challenge for Those With Eating Disorders

    The holiday season is usually associated with unrestrained indulgence—eat, drink, be merry, repeat. But for those suffering from an eating disorder it can represent a... Read more

  • Police officers stand in front of the 'KaDeWe' (Kaufhaus des Westens) department store in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Police say robbers struck at Berlin's famous KaDeWe, smashing display cases and running off with their loot. Police spokeswoman Heidi Vogt said the luxury department store on Kurfuerstendamm avenue was robbed by four men Saturday morning soon after it opened. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Robbers Strike at Berlin’s Famed KaDeWe Store

    BERLIN— Police say robbers struck at Berlin’s famous KaDeWe department store, smashing display cases and running off with their loot. Police spokeswoman Heidi Vogt said... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 23 2014, file photo Russian President Vladimir Putin walks as he attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia. As the diplomatic chill over Ukraine grows, the Kremlin seems keener than ever on enlisting Europe’s anti-EU parties in its campaign for influence in the West. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russia Dismisses New US Sanctions as Useless

    MOSCOW— Russia has dismissed new U.S. sanctions as useless and underscored its historic right to the Crimean peninsula. Following several rounds of sanctions earlier this... Read more

  • Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny smiles in a court room in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Opposition activist and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, who has been under house arrest since February, is being charged in a second trial that may put him behind bars for good. A laptop in front of Navalny has a sticker with a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the bottom of word "Thief", right. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russia Prosecutors Want Ten-Year Sentence for Opposition Leader

    MOSCOW—Russian prosecutors on Friday demanded that the nation’s most prominent opposition leader be sentenced to 10 years in prison on allegations of fraud, which he... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, a World War I bunker is situated on Aubers Ridge near Illies, France. Aubers Ridge offered German troops as of Oct. 1914 a strategic advantage by being located on the high ground near the River Lys. A century on, the four seasons bring constant changes to the scarred landscapes and ruins of the World War I battlefields in Belgium and northern France, yet many of the relics still exist, both above and below the surface. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    AP PHOTOS: 4 Seasons in 1 War on WWI Battlefields

    BOEZINGE, Belgium— A century on, the four seasons bring constant changes to the scarred landscapes and ruins of the World War I battlefields in Belgium... Read more

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who has been under house arrest for nearly eight months, leaves a district court in Moscow, Russia. Two years ago, Navalny was the charismatic driving force behind massive anti-government protests in Moscow. Now he wears a monitoring bracelet on his ankle and is not allowed to step over the threshold of his own home - under house arrest in the small apartment he shares with his wife and two children. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russian Opposition Activist Faces 10 Years Behind Bars

    MOSCOW— Russian prosecutors have demanded that an opposition activist be imprisoned for a total of 10 years on allegations of fraud. In their closing arguments... Read more

  • Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel speaks at the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Monday, April 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Polish School Honors Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel

    WARSAW, Poland— A spokeswoman for a Catholic university in southern Poland says it has bestowed an honorary doctorate on Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in recognition... Read more

  • FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte steps outside to welcome Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel in The Hague, Netherlands. The future of Mark Rutte’s two-party coalition hangs in the balance Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, amid behind-closed-doors discussions aimed at rescuing health care reforms intended to shave 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) off government spending. The package was rejected Tuesday thanks in part to the votes of three government senators. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

    Dutch Coalition Crisis Fizzles Out

    AMSTERDAM— A dispute over a health care bill that nearly caused the collapse of the Dutch government has been resolved with a compromise, though doubts... Read more

  • Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, foreground, attends with his ministers the first round of voting to elect a new Greek president at the Parliament in Athens, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Parliament has failed to elect a new Greek president in the first round of voting, leaving another two tries before the government falls and early elections have to be called. The conservative-led government's candidate, former European Commissioner Stavros Dimas, received 160 votes Wednesday, far short of the 200 needed for an outright win. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Greek Lawmaker Alleges Bribery Attempt in Presidential Vote

    ATHENS, Greece— A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claims someone attempted to bribe him to vote in favor of electing Greece’s new president. Actor... Read more

  • Bulgarian practitioners of Falun Gong speak during a press conference at the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency Pressclub in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Dec. 18, 2014. They revealed facts about their illegal detention in Serbia and shared that after being held for three days in a Serbian arrest, they feel that the persecution ongoing in China is not as far away as they thought. (NTD Television)

    Bulgarian, Russian Falun Gong Adherents Released from Illegal Detention in Serbia

    After international pressure was applied, seven Bulgarian and two Russian adherents of Falun Gong were released following three days of illegal detention in the outskirts... Read more

  • A European wolf is pictured in a wildlife park in Hanau, Germany, on Dec. 18, 2014. Scientists studying populations of bears, wolves, Eurasian lynx and wolverines found they have flourished on the continent, decades after being driven almost to extinction by hunting and the destruction of their habitat. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Large Carnivores Gaining Ground in Europe: Study

    BERLIN—Brown bears, grey wolves and other large carnivores are making a comeback in Europe. Scientists studying populations of bears, wolves, Eurasian lynx and wolverines found... Read more

  • Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan smiles as he arrives for 2014 budget photocall in front of the government buildings in Dublin, Ireland, on Oct. 15, 2013. (Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ireland Repays $11 Billion to IMF Years Early

    DUBLIN—Ireland has repaid 9 billion euros ($11 billion) to the International Monetary Fund several years early, a move that saves heavy interest costs and illustrates... Read more

  • Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras arrives for a meeting of EPP members ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. European Union leaders meet with the top agenda item an ambitious plan to use EU seed money and loan guarantees to jumpstart investment and revive the EU's growth and job creation rates. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    EU Summit Addresses Russia, Jumpstarting Growth

    BRUSSELS—European Union leaders met Thursday to seek solutions to two major challenges —how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term... Read more

  • In this Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 file photo people walk past a huge Christmas tree installed in Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral,  center, the Kremlin's Spassky Tower, right back, and Lenin Mausoleum, right, in Moscow, Russia. By all accounts, President Vladimir Putin has had a horrible year: Russia’s currency has lost more than half its value, the economy is heading toward recession and he has become a pariah in the West. And yet so far, Putin’s tough, anti-Western rhetoric and aggressive actions in neighboring Ukraine have helped him weather the storm, with a new Associated Press-NORC Center poll showing that 81 percent of Russians still support their president. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File)

    Poll Shows 81 Percent of Russians Back Putin Even as Ruble Falls

    MOSCOW—From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin’s days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy... Read more

  • Falun Gong demonstrators march on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, July 17, 2014, as part of the events sponsored by the Falun Dafa Association of Washington, DC, to end China's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

    Serbia Jails 11 Falun Gong Rights Activists During China Summit

    BELGRADE, Serbia—An international rights group has demanded the immediate release of 11 activists who planned protests against China at an economic summit in Serbia. Amnesty... Read more

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Putin says Russia has sufficient currency reserves and the ruble will recover. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Putin Blames West for Russia’s Economic Crisis

    MOSCOW—Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and... Read more

  • European Court Rules Obesity can be Disability

    LONDON— The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent. The court... Read more

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) hugs his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski after addressing lawmakers at the Polish parliament in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, on the first day of his official visit to Poland. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Poroshenko: Ukraine Is a New, Changing Country

    WARSAW, Poland—Ukraine’s president on Wednesday urged Poland’s politicians and business people to intensify ties with his country as it conducts reforms to follow European standards... Read more

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry (2L) meets with Arab League secretary general Nabil El-Arabi (2L) on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in London. The meeting was to discuss the ongoing peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Israel Suffers Sharp Rebuffs From Europe

    BRUSSELS—Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an... Read more

  • Queen Elizabeth II records her Christmas message to the Commonwealth, in the Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace on December 12, 2013 in London England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

    Queen Elizabeth Abdication? Flurry of Bets on Queen Abdicating in Christmas Day Speech

    A rush of bets came in on whether Queen Elizabeth will abdicate in her annual Christmas Day speech, prompting bookies to suspend betting on the... Read more

  • People wait in a line to pay for her purchases at the IKEA store on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The collapse of the national currency triggered a spending spree by Russians desperate to buy cars and home appliances before prices shoot higher. Several car dealership were reported to have suspended sales, unsure how far down the ruble will go, while Apple halted all online sales in Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Russians Rush to Shop Before Falling Ruble Raises Prices

    MOSCOW—Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall... Read more

  • New Delhi is on high security alert on Dec. 18, 2014, ahead of the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama will be the Chief Guest at India's Republic Day celebrations on Jan. 26, 2015. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

    Terrorist Threats Worry India Ahead of Obama’s Visit

    NEW DELHI—Almost a month ahead of President Obama’s visit to India, U.S. and Indian security agencies are putting their heads together to figure out how... Read more

  • Scientists and engineers work on a Mars Orbiter vehicle at the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) satellite center in Bangalore on Sept. 11, 2013. India is slowly increasing its technology in space, both for the civilian purposes and increasingly for military purposes. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

    India Augments Its Space Technology

    NEW DELHI—India launched an unmanned rocket into space Thursday morning. At 700 tons, it is the heaviest load India has ever successfully launched with its... Read more

  • Women walk past a fabric shop at a market in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, India, Monday, Aug. 1, 2005.Youth in India are increasingly going under the knife to enhance their appearance and improve their self-confidence. (Gurinder Osan/AP Photo)

    Young Indians Seek Cosmetic Surgery to Boost Confidence

    NEW DELHI—With changing concepts of beauty in India and more money to spend on their appearance, Indian youth are increasingly opting for cosmetic surgery to... Read more

  • Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard near Sheri Kashmir cricket stadium where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, portrait seen in the backdrop, is expected to address a campaign rally ahead of local elections in Srinagar, India, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Separatists called for a strike as authorities imposed a daytime curfew Monday across the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, barring residents from leaving their homes. Main roads leading into Srinagar were lined with razor wire to contain traffic, and police and paramilitary soldiers were patrolling on foot and in armored vehicles. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

    Modi Says Soldiers in Kashmir Guarding Democracy

    SRINAGAR, India— Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday defended India’s decades-long military presence in the disputed Kashmir region, saying troops were there to safeguard the... Read more

  • Indian villagers sit in a tractor as they flee their homes fearing firing from the Pakistan side of the border at Chilyari village of Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir state, India, Wednesday, Oct.8, 2014. Troops traded heavy fire between Pakistan and Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least four civilians and worsening tensions between the long-time rivals, officials on both sides said Wednesday. The fire exchanges, which Indian officials called the worst violation of a 2003 cease-fire, also wounded 18 civilians on the Indian side and another three on the Pakistani side. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    Tight Security in Kashmir for India Prime Minister

    SRINAGAR, India— Thousands of government forces have fanned out across the Indian portion of Kashmir to provide a security shield for Prime Minister Narendra Modi,... Read more

  • India's opposition Congress party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, center, covering his mouth with a black cloth, participates in a protest outside the Indian Parliament in New Delhi, India, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday rejected demands to fire junior government minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti whose derogatory comments against Muslims have led to a furor that has shut down the Indian Parliament for four days. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

    Indian Minister’s Derogatory Remark Stirs Uproar

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  • Members of various organizations representing victims of the Bhopal gas leak participate in a rally on the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy in Bhopal, India, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Hundreds of survivors of the Bhopal gas leak took to the streets Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the world's worst industrial disaster, with protests demanding harsher punishments for those responsible and more compensation for the victims of the tragedy. On the morning of Dec. 3, 1984, a pesticide plant run by Union Carbide leaked about 40 tons of deadly methyl isocyanate gas into the air of the central Indian city, quickly killing about 4,000 people. (AP Photo)

    Bhopal Survivors Still Troubled 30 Years Later

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  • India Maoists Kill 13 Paramilitary Troops

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  • Indian women hold a black banner as they walk through the city's major bus terminal during a protest against the alleged sexual harassment of women on public buses in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. While there are no reliable statistics on gang rapes, experts say a series of recent high-profile gang rape cases in India, along with the growing sense of insecurity it has brought for women, led to recent outbursts of public anger over the long-ignored epidemic of violence against women. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

    Video of Women Fighting off Harassers Shocks India

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    Failed GMO Promises Have Caused Nearly 300,000 Suicides in India Alone

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  • An Indian Army soldier takes position during an encounter with armed suspected militants at Pindi Khattar village in Arnia border sector, 43 kilometers (27 miles) south of Jammu, India, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. An army officer says some of the militants occupied an abandoned bunker in Jammu region early Thursday and fired at the soldiers in Arnia sector in the Indian portion of Kashmir. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    India: Pakistani Agencies Backing Terror Groups

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  • A rural artisan, Badli Bai, 50, at the 'Women of India' exhibition showcasing products and handicrafts by women from all over India at Dili Haat market in Delhi, India on Nov. 14, 2014. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Pakistan Women’s Skills Find Market in Modern India

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  • Traditional Indian medicine practitioners formed a National Coordination Committee on Nov. 7, 2014 during an Ayurveda Conference in New Delhi, India to seek recognition for their practices from the government. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Traditional Indian Doctors Seek Gov’t Recognition for Their Practices

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  • Kashmiris stand in queue to cast their votes outside a polling station during the first phase of voting to the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections at Shadipora, outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Thousands lined up to cast their votes amid a boycott call by Muslim separatist groups who reject India's sovereignty over the disputed Himalayan region. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

    Thousands Vote in Indian Kashmir Amid Boycott Call

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  • Controversial religious leader Sant Rampal stands by the door of a police van as he is brought to a court, surrounded by police personnel in Chandigarh, India, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Indian police arrested the 63-year-old self-styled Hindu guru at his sprawling ashram in the northern part of the country, ending a days-long standoff in which six people died and hundreds were injured. He is wanted for questioning in a 2006 murder case, but has repeatedly ignored orders to appear in court. (AP Photo/Kapil Sethi)

    Police Search Indian Guru’s Ashram After Arrest

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  • Young Indian perform yoga on a ghat on the Ganges River, at sunrise on April 23, 2014 in Varanasi, India.  (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

    Traditional Medicine System Set for Revival in India

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  • Indian patient Hera Bai, 23, who suffered from complications that also killed 13 women after undergoing mass sterilization in a government-run program, looks on while recuperating at a ward at the district hospital in Bilaspur on Nov. 15, 2014. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

    Inside India’s Sterilization Camps

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  • Mritunjaya Kumar (L), Moksha Shrivastav (C), and Pranay Shrivastav (R) the core team of Wheelstreet.in, India's first bike rental portal,
outside their office in Noida City on Nov. 2, 2014. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Tech Fueling Innovation Boom of Young Indians

    NEW DELHI—With education, a solid understanding of IT, and an unorganized market with tremendous possibilities, young Indians are churning ideas into successful businesses at a... Read more

  • Indian women walk past a billboard advocating sterilization hung at the entrance of the District Women’s Hospital in Varanasi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. At least a dozen women died this week following a state-run, mass sterilization program that has raised serious ethical questions about India's drive to curb a booming population by paying women to undergo tubectomies. India has one of the world's highest rates of sterilization among women, with about 37 percent undergoing such operations compared with 29 percent in China, according to 2006 statistics reported by the United Nations. About 4.6 million Indian women were sterilized in 2011 and 2012, according to the government. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

    Drug Maker Arrested in India Sterilization Deaths

    NEW DELHI— News reports say Indian police have arrested the director of a drug manufacturing firm that allegedly supplied medication to women in a mass... Read more

  • Delhi traffic police launched a Whatsapp helpline on Oct. 16, 2014, for citizens to report traffic rule violations, and one month later said the response has been good. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

    New Delhi Police Declare Whatsapp Helpline a Success

    NEW DELHI—With an increasing number of Indians using smartphones, the Delhi police are capitalizing on the ubiquity of messaging apps to communicate with the public... Read more

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    ‘Tis the Season of Giving, or—for Some—Online Microfinance

    At this time of the year, our mailboxes and inboxes get flooded with Christmas appeals. Many of them feature heart-wrenching and guilt-inducing images of people... Read more

  • In this photo taken on Nov. 21, 2014, a Princess Mary Christmas tin from 1914 on display at the Plugstreet 14-18 Experience museum in Ploegsteert, Belgium. The gift boxes were given to soldiers during Christmas of 1914. The tins contained a package of cigarettes, a Christmas card and a photo of Princess Mary. Soldiers who had been killing each other by the tens of thousands for months climbed out of their soggy trenches to seek a shred of humanity amid the horrors of World War I. Hands reached out across the divide and in Flanders Fields a century ago, a spontaneous Christmas truce ever so briefly lifted the human spirit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Christmas 1914: The Day Even WWI Showed Humanity

    PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium— With British and German forces separated only by a no-man’s land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted... Read more

  • Kenya policemen stands guard near the parliament during the debate on the controversial new security legislation that would crack down on terror suspects and curtail journalists' freedoms if they're deemed to 'undermine' investigations, December 18, 2014. (Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

    Kenya Legislators Fistfight Over New Security Laws

    NAIROBI, Kenya—Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya’s parliament Thursday as legislators passed controversial security measures which the government says will help fight terrorism but... Read more

  • Passers by walk past a Marionnaud shop, located on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, Tuesday, March 14, 2006. France's antitrust authority has fined 13 perfume and cosmetic brands and three perfume chains: Marionnaud, Nocibe and Sephora,  46.2 million euros (US$ 55.1 million) for price-collusion between 1997 and 2000. (AP Photo / Remy de la Mauviniere)

    France Fines 13 Firms $1.2 Bln for Price-Fixing

    PARIS— France’s antitrust authority has slapped penalties totaling some 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) against 13 consumer-goods makers for illegally colluding on prices for hygiene... Read more

  • Shareholders Back DP World’s London Delisting

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, says its shareholders have approved delisting from the London Stock Exchange and... Read more

  • Lima, Perú: Karla Yanqui, 19, College Student: The difficulty I have passed has been very important, it was the fear of leaving home. I am provincial and I had to overcome my fears to come to Lima to study and work, now I feel very calm and happy with my activities. I have more confidence in myself. I am studying a career, and have also found a job. The importance to achieve this came from my great desire to excel and succeed, to socialize more—meet my goals.

    Global Q&A: ‘During the year, what difficulty or happening have you overcome in your life?’

    Finishing major studies, opening a restaurant, and leaving home were some of the difficulties experienced. Persistence, positive thought, and a strong desire to achieve were... Read more

  • John O'Brien, one of hostages of the Sydney cafe siege, poses for a photo as he relaxes in his front yard in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. O'Brien, 82, was the first hostage to escape the Lindt Chocolat Cafe after a gunman took 17 people hostage on Monday Dec. 15. Three people including the gunman were shot after police ended the siege at the coffee shop early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Sydney Hostage Planned Daring Escape

    SYDNEY— The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O’Brien had become convinced the gunman... Read more

  • George Clooney is flanked by his wife Amal Alamuddin as they leave the Aman luxury Hotel in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating 2014 List: Amal Alamuddin Clooney on Top

    Barbara Walters unveiled her 10 Most Fascinating People list for 2014 on December 15, with George Clooney’s new wife Amal Alamuddin on the top. Now... Read more

  • The construction site of Fisht Olympic Stadium in the Imereti Valley in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Jan.23, 2013. (Mikhail Mordasov/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Geopolitics of Olympic Site Selections

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  • Former Vice President of the Unites States Al Gore, left, Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon, second lef, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, center, Peru's President Ollanta Humala, second right, and Peru's Environment Minister and President of the COP, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, gather at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Delegates from more than 190 countries are meeting in Lima, to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    UN Climate Deal Reached: Expectations Different for Poor, Rich Nations

    LIMA, Peru—Climate negotiators salvaged a compromise deal in Lima early Sunday that sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but rejected... Read more

  • Activists perform as heads of state, from left, President Barack Obama, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, China's President Xi Jinping, India's Narendra Modi, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the Climate Change Conference COP20 in Lima Peru, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The boat's sign reads in Spanish "Leave behind emissions. Climatic agreement." Delegates from more than 190 countries are meeting in Lima to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

    Deal Salvaged at UN Climate Talks in Peru

    LIMA, Peru— Climate negotiators salvaged a compromise deal in Lima early Sunday that sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but... Read more

  • Re-enactors dressed as US WWII soldiers walk along a road during the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge or the Ardennes Offensive, in Bastogne, southeastern Belgium, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. The Battle of the Bulge was fought in dense forests and narrow valleys of the Belgian and Luxembourg Ardennes and was one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    Americans, Belgians Mark 70th Anniversary of Battle of the Bulge

    BASTOGNE, Belgium—Braving snowy weather, Americans and Belgians gathered in the Ardennes region of Belgium on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the... Read more

  • U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon leaves his hand print next to a message that reads in Spanish "Everyone for the rights of all! Count on me Peru!" with his signature during a ceremony at the Antenor Oregon school in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Ban Ki-moon is in Peru for the Climate Change Conference, along with representatives from more than 190 countries that are working on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    UN Climate Talks in Peru Seem Headed for Overtime

    LIMA, Peru—U.N. global warming talks seemed set to spill over into the weekend as negotiators bickered Friday over the content of climate action plans that... Read more

  • In this March 3, 2005 file photo, a workman literally cleans house at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    NATO Allies Condemn CIA Torture but Praise Report

    ISTANBUL—Two important U.S. NATO allies on Thursday condemned the CIA’s harsh treatment of terrorist suspects detailed in a report this week, but praised the decision... Read more

  • Quilpue V Region, Chile: Amanda Ramirez, 24, Student of Nutrition and Diet: I think that they should be given help because of the condition they are in. I also believe that they will broaden our culture, because of their customs. In my country, the state usually lends assistance to those they welcome. On top of that, I believe that there should be more media coverage on this, so that the public understands the situation that the world is in regarding this topic.

    Global Q&A: ‘How should governments address the refugee problem worldwide?’

    All refugees need help; the world needs to work together to support refugees to integrate into society; first world countries need to support third world... Read more

  • An overview of guests seated at the traditional Nobel banquet at the Stockholm City Hall, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, following the Nobel Prize award ceremonies for Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Literature and Economic Sciences. (AP Photo/TT News Agency, Fredrik Sandberg)

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    STOCKHOLM—European royals, U.S. celebrities, 6,000 schoolchildren and thousands of honorary guests gathered in Oslo and Stockholm on Wednesday to celebrate the winners of the 2014... Read more

  • Uneven economic growth is not a foreign problem. Debris and trash is scattered around an empty tent at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle' on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in San Jose, California. More than 300 residents of the shantytown were given notices to leave the area by the morning of Thursday, December 4, 2014. Many of had nowhere else to go. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

    UN Forecasts Increased Global Economic Growth

    UNITED NATIONS—The global economy will grow by more than 3 percent in 2015 and 2016, the United Nations predicted Wednesday, but that growth will be... Read more

  • This is a copy of the cover of the CIA torture report released by Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. U.S. Senate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogations Tuesday, accusing the spy agency of inflicting suffering on prisoners beyond its legal limits and peddling unsubstantiated stories that the harsh questioning saved American lives.  (AP Photo)

    UN Expert Calls for Prosecution Over US Torture

    GENEVA— The United Nations’ top special investigator for counterterrorism is calling for the prosecution of senior U.S. officials who authorized and carried out torture as... Read more

  • Syrian refugee children walk past tents at a refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese Town of Zahleh, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Syrian refugees in Lebanon reacted with panic Tuesday to news that the U.N. was suspending aid to 1.7 million refugees due to lack of funds a decision officials said threatens to starve thousands of families and add pressure on already strained hosting countries. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    UN Resumes Food Aid for Syrian Refugees

    GENEVA— After a social media campaign brought in a significant cash infusion, the U.N. food agency said Tuesday it has reinstated a food aid program... Read more

  • West Berliners crowd in front of the Berlin Wall early Nov. 11, 1989, as they watch East German border guards demolishing a section of the wall in order to open a new crossing point between East and West Berlin, near the Potsdamer Square. (Gerard Malie/AFP/Getty Images)

    25 Years Ago: Dismantling the Communist States

    WASHINGTON—A quarter century ago, people residing in the former Soviet bloc and Yugoslavia began to throw off their communist oppressors, starting with Poland’s Solidarity Movement... Read more

  • Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, right, listens as President Ashraf Ghani speaks during the Eid al-Adha (Eid-e Qurban in local language) prayer ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Afghanistan’s 2-Man Leadership Stumbling?

    KABUL, Afghanistan—President Ashraf Ghani has promised a complete overhaul of Afghanistan’s government to root out corruption and incompetence, but after three months in office, three... Read more

  • Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State group, in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, on June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Nabil Al-Jurani)

    Iraq’s Shiite Fighters Desert Over Shortages

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  • Syrian children wait in line to collect a free Iftar meal in the northern city of Raqqa during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on July 14, 2013. (Mezar Matar/AFP/Getty Images)

    Clouds Over Charities for Refugees in Islamic Countries

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  • In this Nov. 1, 2014 photo, a fighter from the coalition against the Islamic State group is seen through a hole cut in a wall to create shortcuts in the battlefield in Kobani, Syria.  In a surprising display of resilience, the Kurdish fighters have held out against the more experienced jihadists more than two months into the Islamic State group militants' offensive on the frontier town, hanging on to their territory against all expectations.(AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

    Kurdish Forces Lift ISIS Siege on Mount Sinjar, Advance in Syria and Iraq

    BEIRUT—Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground... Read more

  • Bahrain ‘Terror Blast’ Wounds 3 Police

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  • Bombings Kill 10 in Iraq

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  • Iranian soldiers march past the presidential rostrum during the annual Army Day military parade on April 18, 2014, in Tehran. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Israel Military Says Rocket From Gaza Hit Israel

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  • Yazidis displaced by Islamic State group militants share a meal as they take shelter in a partially constructed building in Dohuk, northern Iraq, on Dec. 10, 2014. In August, the militant group captured the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, near the Syrian border, sending tens of thousands of Yazidis fleeing for their lives. Months later, many from the minority religious sect are living in harsh conditions without electricity, heating or safe drinking water. (AP Photo/Seivan Selim)

    Iraqi Kurdish Troops Open Corridor to Sinjar

    IRBIL, Iraq—Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands of people from... Read more

  • Lebanese Bahaa Nasr of Cyber Arabs checks his email from his office in Beirut, Lebanon, on Dec. 17, 2014. Cyber Arabs is an online safety project run by the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting and Nasr is among those who recently helped uncover a botched cyberattack suspected of having been carried out by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    Some Blame IS for Botched Cyberattack Aimed at Syria Dissidents

    LONDON—A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal. Internet watchdog... Read more

  • A Yemeni man reads al-Thawra newspaper outside their offices in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday. Dec. 17, 2014. Yemen's powerful Shiite rebels shut down a strategic Red Sea port on Wednesday, and stormed the offices of the country's main state newspaper, officials said. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemen’s Parliament Approves New Cabinet

    SANAA, Yemen— Yemen’s parliament on Thursday approved a new government with a comfortable majority following months of violence and political wrangling. The 301-seat chamber’s vote... Read more

  • Syrian refugees play on a building site at the Qushtapa Refugee Camp, on December 14, 2014 in Erbil, Iraq. Although the autonomous Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq was already a refuge for an estimated 250,000 Syrian refugees, since the Islamic State began its onslaught on Iraq in June, Kurdistan has also taken in a more than one and a half million displaced people. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

    UN Trying to Raise $8.4 Billion to Help Syria Refugees

    BERLIN—The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria. The... Read more

  • Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Iraq’s new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country’s fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

    Iraq PM Drops Lawsuits Against Journalists

    BAGHDAD— Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered the withdrawal of all pending government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets. A statement issued Thursday says... Read more

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry (2L) meets with Arab League secretary general Nabil El-Arabi (2L) on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in London. The meeting was to discuss the ongoing peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Israel Suffers Sharp Rebuffs From Europe

    BRUSSELS—Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an... Read more

  • Israel PM Criticies EU for Taking Hamas Off Terror List

    JERUSALEM—Israel’s prime minister is slamming the European Union for removing Hamas from its terrorist list. Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the EU court decision was... Read more

  • Kurdish Peshmerga fighters rest during fighting against Islamic State (IS) group on Nov. 8, 2014, in the Syrian besieged border town of Ain al-Arab (known as Kobani by the Kurds). US-led air strikes hit jihadist positions in the north and east of Syria, including an oil field, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (Ahmed Deeb/AFP/Getty Images)

    Kurdish Iraqi Forces Launch Operation in Sinjar

    BAGHDAD—Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the... Read more

  • Smoke rises from the site of a car bomb explosion in Radda town,100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the capital Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Two suicide car bombers rammed their vehicles into a Shiite rebels’ checkpoint and a house south of the Yemeni capital Tuesday, as a school bus traveling nearby killing at least 25 dead including at least 15 primary school students, Defense Ministry, rebels and witnesses. (AP Photo)

    Yemen’s Shiite Rebels Close Port, Storm Newspaper

    SANAA, Yemen— Yemen’s powerful Shiite rebels who seized the capital, Sanaa, shut down a strategic Red Sea port on Wednesday, and stormed the offices of... Read more

  • Smoke rises from the site of a car bomb explosion in Radda town, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the capital Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Two suicide car bombers rammed their vehicles into a Shiite rebels’ checkpoint and a house south of the Yemeni capital Tuesday, as a school bus traveling nearby killing at least 25 dead including at least 15 primary school students, Defense Ministry, rebels and witnesses. (AP Photo)

    Yemen: 2 Bombers Kill 26 Including 16 Students

    SANAA, Yemen—Two suicide car bombers rammed their vehicles into a Shiite rebels’ checkpoint and a house south of the Yemeni capital Tuesday as a school... Read more

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry talks before meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at Villa Taverna, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Rome. Kerry and Lavrov discussed the ongoing Middle East peace process, and rising tensions in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

    Kerry, Netanyahu Meet as UN Pushes Peace Accord

    ROME—Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the U.S. and Israel developed their responses to a draft U.N... Read more

  • Saudi Woman Arrested for Attending Male-Only Soccer Game

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