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  • Bus Hits Truck in Nepal; 18 Dead, 19 Hurt

    KATMANDU, Nepal—A bus collided head-on with a truck on a narrow mountain highway in western Nepal on Wednesday, killing at least 18 people and injuring... Read more

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    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Apr. 30

    Sweden: I can’t embrace Swedes’ obsession with the hug In France, they kiss you on the cheek. In Maori tribes of New Zealand, they nuzzle... Read more

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian people gather at the site of one of two car bombs that exploded in the pro-government district of Zahra in the central Syrian city of Homs, Syria, Tuesday, April 29, 2014.  (AP Photo/SANA)

    Airstrike on Syrian School Kills at Least Nine

    BEIRUT—A government airstrike hit a school Wednesday in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, killing at least nine people, including three children, activists reported. The... Read more

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  • Health workers teach people about the Ebola virus and how to prevent infection, in Conakry, Guinea, Monday, March 31, 2014.  Health authorities in Guinea are facing an "unprecedented epidemic" of Ebola, the international aid group Doctors Without Borders warned Monday as the death toll from the disease that causes severe bleeding reached 78.  The outbreak of Ebola in Guinea poses challenges never seen in previous outbreaks that involved "more remote locations as opposed to urban areas," said Doctors Without Borders. (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah)

    Ebola Virus Outbreak 2014: Ebola Survivors Face Disease Stigma in Africa

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The doctor has beaten the odds and survived Ebola, but he still has one more problem: The stigma carried by the deadly... Read more

  • Dave McElroy (L) and Chris Elgar stand in front of the Comanche plane they will fly around the world to raise money for two charitable causes in Canada and Scotland. (Igor Yu/Eye Capture Photography)

    Epic ‘round the world’ Flight Benefits Autism Research

    Fly around the world in 80 days in a tiny, single engine plane—that’s what two Canadian pilots plan to do on an epic globe-circling trip... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (R) at the Mukataa compound on July 19, 2013 in Ramallah, West Bank. (Fadi Arouri-Pool/Getty Images)

    With Mideast Talks Over, Palestinians Seek Unity

    Tuesday was to have been the day to seal a deal on a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Instead, it became another missed deadline in two... Read more

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    The Loss and Looting of Egyptian Antiquities

    Shortly after the onset of the Egyptian revolution in January 2011, the police and many of the associated security forces abandoned their posts, creating a... Read more

  • Raffaele Sollecito (R) and Amanda Knox (L). (Antonio Calanni, Ted S. Warren/AP Photos)

    Italy Court: Amanda Knox Struck Mortal Blow in Killing

    MILAN—The Florence appeals court that reinstated the conviction against Amanda Knox in her roommate’s 2007 murder said in a lengthy reasoning made public Tuesday that... Read more

  • Mother’s Day 2014 Date: US, UK, Canada, Philippines, India, Australia, New Zealand

    Mother’s Day in 2014 is coming up around the world though there are different dates for different countries–and even different names, such as Mothering Sunday... Read more

  • The Bluefin 21 autonomous sub is hoisted back on board the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield after successful buoyancy testing in the Indian Ocean, as search efforts continue for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair, File)

    Missing Plane Found? Officials Assessing Possible Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Wreckage Claims

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The countries searching for the missing Malaysian jet are assessing a claim by a resource survey company that it found possible plane... Read more

  • Libya Parliament: Gunmen Attack Parliament in Tripoli During Prime Minister Election

    Gunmen have stormed the Libyan Parliament and fired shots to prevent voting. The Libyan Parliament was voting for the next prime minister. The BBC reported... Read more

  • Yemeni mourners carry the coffins of soldiers who were killed by suspected al-Qaida militants at a checkpoint in Hadramawt province, during their funeral in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Yemen: 8 Suspected Al-Qaeda Militants Killed

    SANAA, Yemen—Yemeni security officials say the military has launched a major offensive targeting al-Qaeda hideouts and strongholds, killing at least eight suspected militants. Backed by... Read more

  • Amanda Knox gestures during a press conference, in Seattle, Oct. 4, 2011. A court in Florence that convicted Amanda Knox in her British roommate's 2007 murder says the wounds indicate multiple aggressors, and that the two exchange students fought over money the night of the murder. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

    Italy Court Claims Amanda Knox Fought With Roommate Over Money

    MILAN—An Italian court that convicted Amanda Knox in her roommate’s 2007 murder said in lengthy reasoning made public Tuesday that the victim’s wounds indicate multiple... Read more

  • In this photo which AP obtained from the Syrian official news agency SANA, and has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, damages are seen after a series of mortar shells hit Damascus, killing more than a dozen people and wounding scores in Syria, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The attacks in the Syrian capital came a day after President Bashar Assad announced his candidacy for the June 3 presidential election. (AP Photo/SANA)

    At Least 54 People Killed in 2 Major Syrian Cities Attacks

    DAMASCUS, Syria—Two car bombs exploded in a pro-government neighborhood in the central Syrian city of Homs Tuesday, killing at least 40 people just hours after... Read more

  • South Korea's K1 battle tank from 26th Infantry division moves into position during the United States and South Korean Joint live fire Exercise at Rodriguez Range on April 11, 2014 in Pocheon, South Korea. This is a part of annual joint Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea training exercise known as Foal Eagle, participated by approximately 7,500 forces, intended to prepare the South Korean defense force for any potential action from North Korea. North Korea has responded by announcing its own live-fire exercise near the border. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

    North Korea Starts Live Fire Drills Near Border (video)

    North Korea says it will conduct live fire drills in two areas near a disputed sea border with South Korea, the South Korean Defense Ministry... Read more

  • FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2014 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a statement during a press conference before their talk at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, was to have been the day to seal a deal on a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Instead, it became another missed deadline in two decades of negotiating failures. The gaps between Israeli and Palestinian positions remain vast after nine months of talks launched by Secretary of State John Kerry. He hasn't given up, but there's a sense the U.S. may have to change its traditional approach to brokering talks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas now face risky paths that could lead to a new conflagration. Here's a look at what might happen next. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool, File)

    Latest Mideast Peace Talks End; Palestinians Work on Unity

    JERUSALEM—Tuesday was to have been the day to seal a deal on a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Instead, it became another missed deadline in two... Read more

  • Pro-Muslim Brotherhood students block a road with burning tires and chant slogan against the police and army, outside the main campus of Cairo University, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The interior ministry blamed the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which ousted  Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hails and which the government has declared a terrorist group, for two deadly attacks on policemen on Wednesday. The group denies it is behind the violent campaign, and insists it is pursuing a peaceful protest strategy. (AP Photo/Aly Hazzaa, El Shorouk)   EGYPT OUT

    Egypt: 29 Alleged Islamists Imprisoned for 5 Years

    CAIRO— An Egyptian court has sentenced 29 defendants it describes as Islamist supporters of the ousted president to five years in prison each on several... Read more

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, April 1, 2014, a South Sudanese family distributes cooking oil received from the World Food Programme (WFP) via air drop in Nyal, Unity State, South Sudan. Desperate South Sudan villagers, fleeing fighting across the country, are eating grass and roots to survive as WFP starts costly air drops of food, three times more expensive than road deliveries, to northern parts of the country, straining the ramped-up humanitarian response because only a third of the U.N.'s requested $1.27 billion has been raised for the crisis. (AP Photo/Ilya Gridneff)

    As War in S. Sudan Rages, Some are Comfy in Kenya

    NAIROBI, Kenya— Even as millions of South Sudan citizens face the violence of war, disease and hunger, families of the country’s top political leaders live... Read more

  • Afghanistan: UK Has “illegal” Detention Facilities

    KABUL, Afghanistan— An Afghan commission says British and U.S. forces continue to operate “illegal” detention facilities on their bases. The panel appointed by President Hamid... Read more

  • Kidnapped Mozambican Businessman Released

    MAPUTO, Mozambique— Authorities in Mozambique say a wealthy businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released. Interior Minister Alberto Mondlane said Saturday that Mohamed... Read more

  • Extremists in Nigeria Lining up Elderly and Shooting Them

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria— Witnesses say Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are lining up elderly people and shooting them — a new tactic instilling fear in areas... Read more

  • A Liberian red cross official takes the temperature of a man before casting his vote, during the senate election in Monrovia, Liberia. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate vote that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

    As Liberia Votes, Fear Ebola Will Spread at Polling Stations

    MONROVIA, Liberia—Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for... Read more

  • Ships passing through the Suez Cana. (Shutterstock*)

    New Suez Canal Project and Egypt’s Economic Future

    During a televised speech on August 5, 2014, President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi announced a “surprise” he’d planned for the Egyptian people: the launch of the New... Read more

  • A member of the Libyan military police looks through binoculars as they fight alongside troops loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a retired general and former chief of staff for Moamer Kadhafi, in clashes with Islamist gunmen in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Dec. 16, 2014. (Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pulling Libya Back from the Brink

    Despite an encouraging communiqué by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) this week praising the commitment of the various Libyan parties to a dialogue,... Read more

  • Riot police are ordered inside the Parliament building itself as chaos between MPs erupts inside, in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Kenyan legislators Thursday exchanged blows on changes to security laws which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties, with opposition legislators throwing the papers on the floor and government supporters hitting and tearing the clothes of an opposition senator. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Kenya President Signs Potentially Repressive Security Law

    NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday signed into law a contentious bill saying it will help the country fight terrorism, but which critics say will... Read more

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, A health worker volunteer talks with residents on how to prevent and identify the Ebola virus in others, and distributes bars of soap in Freetown, Sierra. Community leaders and Ebola surveillance teams are going house-to-house in neighborhoods in and around Sierra Leone’s capital to search for the sick. President Ernest Bai Koroma launched “Operation Western Area Surge” on Wednesday in a national broadcast. While infection rates appear to be stabilizing or declining in neighboring Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is still seeing a surge of cases, especially the Western Area, which includes Freetown and its surroundings.  (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File)

    UN Sec General Visits Ebola-Afflicted West African Nations

    MONROVIA, Liberia—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of... Read more

  • An aerial view shows flood waters in Chokwe, Mozambique, Wednesday, Jan 30 2013.  (AP Photo/Theana Breugem-Foto24)  SOUTH AFRICA OUT

    5 Die in Mozambique Floods

    MAPUTO, Mozambique— Five people have died in floods in the capital Maputo, after days of torrential rain, according to Mozambican authorities. Five homes were also... Read more

  • Egypt Sentences 41 Morsi Supporters for Rioting

    ASSIUT, Egypt—A criminal court in southern Egypt has convicted 41 Islamists on charges of rioting in August last year, and sentenced them to prison terms... Read more

  • In this Aug. 28, 2014 photo, Hissein Abakar, sits in Boda, Central African Republic. Hissein, lost his 14-year-old son Ali when he was shot in the head by Christian militia fighters in Boda and attacked with machetes. In the fighting that ensued, at least eight others were killed.  More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in the Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally. (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

    Official: 28 Die in Clashes in Central African Republic

    BANGUI, Central African Republic— Clashes in Central African Republic between Muslim and Christian fighters have killed 28, left dozens wounded and sent civilians fleeing for... Read more

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 file photo, A health worker volunteer talks with residents on how to prevent and identify the Ebola virus in others, and distributes bars of soap in Freetown, Sierra. Community leaders and Ebola surveillance teams are going house-to-house in neighborhoods in and around Sierra Leone’s capital to search for the sick. President Ernest Bai Koroma launched “Operation Western Area Surge” on Wednesday in a national broadcast. While infection rates appear to be stabilizing or declining in neighboring Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is still seeing a surge of cases, especially the Western Area, which includes Freetown and its surroundings.  (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File)

    11th Sierra Leonean Doctor Dies From Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—One of Sierra Leone’s most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a... Read more

  • FILE -In this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, soldiers accused of refusing to fight in the country's northeastern Islamic uprising appear before a court martial in Abuja, Nigeria.  On Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014, the court-martial sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists, connected to the soldiers' refusal to deploy to recapture three towns seized by Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram in August, according to the charge sheet. The lawyer for the condemned men, Femi Falana, said the 54 soldiers were convicted and sentenced to death by firing squad. He said five soldiers were acquitted.(AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga FILE)

    Nigeria Sentences 54 Soldiers to Death by Firing Squad

    ABUJA, Nigeria— A defense attorney says a court-martial that sentenced 54 soldiers to death will try another 43 soldiers and officers also accused of refusing... Read more

  • Local residents look at a British Navy helicopter after it made a food drop on Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. The WFP, World Food Program and British Military took part in a three day food distribution effort for local residents on the remote Sherbro Island, where the Ebola virus has prevented people from farming, fishing or gathering food. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

    Search for Ebola in Sierra Leone Capital Begins

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone— Community leaders and Ebola surveillance teams are going house-to-house in neighborhoods in and around Sierra Leone’s capital to search for the sick... Read more

  • African Leaders: West Should Intervene in Libya

    DAKAR, Senegal—African leaders are calling on Western countries to intervene in Libya to stem a flow of arms to militant groups in the Sahel region... Read more

  • Congolese President Joseph Kabila addresses some 250 people gathered at a hotel in the north eastern city of Beni, on October 31, 2014. (Alain Wandimoyi/AFP/Getty Images)

    Congo President Wants UN Withdraw Peacekeeping Force

    KINSHASA, Congo—Congo’s president urged the United Nations on Monday to start withdrawing from the enormous country where a peacekeeping mission has been based for 15... Read more

  • FILE - In this file photo of Sunday Dec. 29, 2013 file photo,  displaced people gather around a water truck to fill containers at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebel fighters continue, and aid officials say the international community must help residents stave off mass hunger.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    UN Says Tens of Thousands Killed in South Sudan Conflict in 2014

    NAIROBI, Kenya—Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan during one year of warfare and the country’s leaders are putting their “personal ambitions”... Read more

  • Ugandan Nanny Given 4 Years for Assaulting Toddler

    KAMPALA, Uganda— A Ugandan nanny convicted of assaulting a toddler has been sentenced to four years in jail. The maid, Jolly Tumuhiirwe, 22, pleaded guilty... Read more

  • Renegade Ugandan General Quietly Returns Home

    KAMPALA, Uganda— A renegade Ugandan general who fled the country last year over an alleged threat to his life has returned to Uganda in what... Read more

  • A group of students protest against the dismissal of the murder case against toppled President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters during Egypt’s 2011 uprising, at Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Judge Mahmoud al-Rashidi dismissed the case on a technicality, saying Mubarak’s referral to prosecution ignored an earlier decision by prosecutors not to try him. Al-Rashidi did, however, find Mubarak’s security chief and six of his top aides not guilty on charges of ordering the killings, a ruling that implicitly absolves Mubarak. (AP Photo/Ravy Shaker, El Shorouk newspaper)

    Egypt Sends 439 to Military Trials Over Violence

    CAIRO—Egypt’s top prosecutor referred 439 people to military tribunals on Saturday for acts of violence including the killing of three policemen last year, while authorities... Read more

  • Nigerian Troops Win Back Cities From Extremists

    MUBI, Nigeria—With a military escort instead of the usual pomp, the Emir of Mubi was reinstalled Friday in his palace, where until recently flew the... Read more

  • General view during the Cuban Parliament Annual Session, on Dec. 20, 2014, in Havana. (Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)

    Cuba and the U.S. Rekindle Ties

    Video Transcript Ben Sheen: Hello and thank you for joining us. My name is Ben Sheen, I’m a managing editor here at Stratfor. I’m joined... Read more

  • Cuban dictator Raul Castro gestures at the end of the Parliament Annual Session, on Dec. 20, 2014, in Havana. (Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images)

    Dictator Raul Castro Says US Opening Won’t Change Cuban Communist System

    HAVANA—Three men who served long U.S. prison terms for spying received a standing ovation in Cuba’s parliament Saturday, shaking their fists in victory as dictator... Read more

  • Vidal Martinez, former member of the Macho de Monte Division of the Panamanian Defense Forces, sings his national anthem during a ceremony in tribute to the victims of the U.S. invasion at a cemetery in Panama City, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. The U.S. intervention known as Just Cause began 25 years ago on Saturday, on Dec. 20, 1989, and ended with Noriega’s surrender to American drug agents on Jan. 3. The invasion killed 314 Panamanian soldiers and 200 civilians, the government says, while the U.S. military reported losing 23 American soldiers. Local human rights organizations estimated that more than 1,000 Panamanians died. (AP Photo/Tito Herrera)

    Panama’s Noriega in Prison 25 Years Post-Invasion

    PANAMA CITY—Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and... Read more

  • A billboard showing "The Cuban Five" is seen through the other side of an American classic car driving through Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The Cuban Five were part of the "Wasp Network" sent by then-Cuban President Fidel Castro to spy in South Florida. The men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the U.S. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, three of the five Cubans were released by the U.S. in exchange for U.S. citizen Alan Gross and an unnamed Cuban man who was imprisoned for nearly 20 years for spying for the United States. Two of the Cuban Five had previously been released after finishing their sentences. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

    3 Cuban Spies Released in US, Members of the ‘Cuban Five’

    HAVANA—Members of the Cuban parliament gave a standing ovation Saturday to three men convicted of spying in the United States who were released as part... Read more

  • Cuba's dictator Raul Castro attends the opening ceremony of the International Book Fair in Havana, Cuba, on Feb. 11, 2010. To many exiles and their allies, Castro is a dictator who locks up dissenters and snuffs out political discourse. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

    Human Rights in Spotlight After US-Cuba Deal

    HAVANA—To many exiles and their allies, Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns... Read more

  • Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos talks to The Associated Press, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Colombia’s Government Rebuffs Rebel Truce

    BOGOTA, Colombia— Colombia’s government is rebuffing a unilateral truce declared by the country’s largest rebel group as unacceptable. President Juan Manuel Santos said in a... Read more

  • The leader of a local self-defense group, Hipolito Mora (C), stands armed, at the entrance of the town of La Ruana, a day after a clash between two rival "self-defense" groups outside of the town, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014. According to federal authorities, both groups fought at a barricade at the entrance to the community resulting in several dead on both sides. (AP Photo/Gustavo Aguado)

    Death Toll in Clash in Western Mexico Rises to 11

    MEXICO CITY—A Mexican official says the death toll from a clash between two rural police groups has risen to 11. Federal commissioner Alfredo Castillo says... Read more

  • People attend the 'Peace without Impunity' march, against the current peace talks with FARC rebels in Medellin, a sign reads 'Colombia wants democracy, not communism', Antioquia department, on Dec. 13, 2014. Hundreds of people marched Saturday in several cities in Colombia to question the peace negotiations between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC guerrillas. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

    After 50 Years of Atrocities, Could FARC Unilateral Cease-Fire Be True?

    HAVANA—Peace negotiators for Colombia’s largest rebel group announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, saying guerrillas will refrain from staging attacks so long as they aren’t... Read more

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    Cuban People Will Pay the Price for Obama’s Careless Concessions

    The Cuban regime’s decision to release American hostage Alan Gross to celebrate Hanukkah with his family is long overdue, welcome news. Gross is free today;... Read more

  • This file photo of images provided by the FBI shows Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Rene Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez and Ramon Labanino, who are known as the "Cuban Five." The men were intelligence agents operating in Florida in the 1990s, and were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, the United States and Cuba agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties. As a confidence-building measure, Guerrero, Hernandez and Labanino are expected to be released from federal prison in Butner, N.C. (AP Photo/FBI)

    A Look at ‘Cuban 5′ Agents Who Were Jailed in US

    HAVANA—The “Cuban Five” refers to intelligence agents whose so-called “Wasp Network” operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted... Read more

  • Dr. Jose Luis Di Fabio, representative to Cuba from the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), talks during a interview in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Di Fabio said Cuba had to cover food and lodging expenses for dozens of its doctors fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone after the U.S. embargo made it impossible for the global health group to pay them. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    US Embargo Stalled Payment to Cuban Ebola Doctors

    HAVANA—Cuba had to cover food and lodging expenses for dozens of its doctors fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone after the U.S. embargo delayed payments from... Read more

  • Cuban singer Bian Rodriguez, member of Los Aldeanos, holds a Cuban flag as they play in concert at the Acapulco Theater in Havana, Cuba, on April 23, 2010. (AP Photo)

    In Cuba, Rap Is War

    HAVANA—In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana’s most notorious... Read more

  • Demonstrators take part in a protest march demanding the impeachment of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, recently re-elected, over an alleged scheme of corruption that siphoned money from the state-owned oil company Petrobras, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Federal police on Friday sharply expanded what is becoming Brazil's biggest political kickback scandal, arresting top construction company executives and detaining another former director of the state-run energy company Petrobas. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Brazil Charges 35 in Petrobras Scandal

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazil’s federal prosecutors office says it’s charging 35 people in connection with a massive corruption scheme at the nation’s state-run oil company. Those... Read more

  • People takes part in a national march against the construction of the planned Nicaraguan interoceanic canal, in Managua, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Building of the first phase of the multi-billion dollar, 173-mile canal starts on Dec. 22. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Marchers Protest Canal Project in Nicaragua

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua—Several thousand people marched through the Nicaraguan capital Wednesday to protest a planned $50 billion inter-oceanic canal project that has residents of some villages... Read more

  • Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, a former Marxist guerrilla and member of the Workers' Party (PT), speaks during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Brazil Panel Delivers Report on Regime Brutality

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazil’s National Truth Commission has delivered its final report documenting acts of torture, disappearances and killings committed during the South American nation’s 1964-85... Read more

  • Panama Rocked by Magnitude-6.6 Earthquake

    PANAMA CITY—A strong earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Panama on Monday, but local emergency officials said there were no reports of damage or... Read more

  • 6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Recorded Off Panama

    PANAMA CITY— The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 has struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of... Read more

  • Mexico's Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam, right, flanked by Tomas Zeron director of Mexico's Criminal Investigation Agency, speaks during a news conference in Mexico City, Sunday Dec. 7, 2014. While showing a photo of the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, Attorney General Murillo Karam confirmed Sunday that one of the college students missing since September, has been identified among charred remains found several weeks ago near a garbage dump. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Mexico Officials Confirm ID in Case of Missing 43

    EL PERICON, Mexico—A steady stream of neighbors, friends and classmates stepped into the half-light of Ezequiel Mora’s two-room adobe home Sunday to offer their condolences... Read more

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday May 12, 2009 and  reviewed by the U.S. military, a soldier stands guard at the front gate entrance to Guantanamo's Camp 6 maximum-security detention facility, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. The U.S. government said Sunday Dec. 7, 2014 six men who have been held more than 12 years at Guantanamo Bay have been sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

    US Sends Uruguay 6 Men From Guantanamo Prison

    MIAMI— Six prisoners from Guantanamo Bay have been transferred to Uruguay, the U.S. government said Sunday, announcing a resettlement deal that had been delayed for... Read more

  • Police vehicles escort the ambulance carrying a Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola at the Geneva Airport before it heads from the airport to the university hospital HUG in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday evening, Nov. 20, 2014. The medic, a member of the 165-member Cuban medical team sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with the disease, and was transferred to Geneva for treatment. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)

    Cuba Says Infected Doctor Overcomes Ebola

    HAVANA—Cuba’s Health Ministry says a doctor who contracted Ebola during an aid mission in Africa has overcome the disease and will be brought home soon... Read more

  • Pakistani gravedigger Taj Muhammad walks around at the Rahman Baba graveyard on his routine in Peshawar, Pakistan, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Muhammad, one of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard, has a rule. He said he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he said. But as the dead bodies, mostly children, started coming in from a school massacre this week that killed 148 people, he began to weep. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Gravedigger Weeps Burying the Dead After Pakistan’s School Massacre

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan—One of the gravediggers at Peshawar’s largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He’s a professional,... Read more

  • Left: President Barack Obama pauses during a news conference in Washington, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Right: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) attending a military parade in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images) Background: An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    N. Korea Denies Hacking Sony, but Threatens US in Demand for Joint Probe

    North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington... Read more

  • Raina Thaiday, known as Mersane Warria, was identified as the suspect in the Cairns, Australia, stabbing that left eight children dead on Friday, according to local reports.

    Raina Thaiday, AKA Mersane Warria, ID’d as Cairns Stabbing Suspect

    Raina Thaiday, known as Mersane Warria, was identified as the suspect in the Cairns, Australia, stabbing that left eight children dead on Friday, according to... Read more

  • 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. (

    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

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 18, 2014. (Alexader Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)

    Analyzing Russia’s Economic Crisis

    Video Transcript Reva Bhalla: Hello, my name is Reva Bhalla. And today I’m joined by George Friedman to discuss what appears to be a growing... 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

  • 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

    NEW DELHI— Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday rejected demands to fire a government minister whose derogatory comments about non-Hindus have led to a furor... Read more

  • 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

    NEW DELHI—For women who migrated from Pakistan to India during the war of 1971, life turned around when their community craft traditions found a new... Read more

  • 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

    NEW DELHI—India has more than one million traditional medicine practitioners, and together they are the largest private healthcare providers in the country. While many Indians... Read more

  • 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

    NEW DELHI— Indian police on Friday searched the sprawling ashram of a holy man who was arrested on suspicion of murder and criminal conspiracy after... Read more

  • 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

    NEW DELHI—The Indian government is encouraging traditional health care systems in the country, trying to popularize the medical knowledge that has been passed down for... Read more

  • 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, 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

  • A new and improved prototype bio-hazard suit specifically targeted for viral outbreaks such as Ebola is seen at the Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Laboratory for Innovation and Design on Dec. 18, 2014. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ebola Outbreak: Deaths Top 7,373, Says WHO

    CONAKRY, Guinea—The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the... 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

    Video Transcript Ryan Bridges: Hi. I’m Ryan Bridges, a deputy editor at Stratfor. With me today is Seth Kessler. He is a Ph.D. candidate in... Read more

  • 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)

    The Highlights From the Nobel Prize Festivities

    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

  • 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

    The world has 50 million displaced people, and refugees have little choice but to depend on other countries and their citizens for generosity. Faith-based charities... Read more

  • 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

    MANAMA, Bahrain— Bahrain’s Interior Ministry says three policemen have been wounded by an explosion west of the capital Manama. The ministry’s statement, carried by the... Read more

  • Bombings Kill 10 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD— Iraqi authorities say bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol have killed 10 people around Baghdad. Police officials say a bomb exploded on... Read more

  • 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)

    Iran as an Occupying Force in Syria

    It is no longer accurate to describe the war in Syria as a conflict between Syrian rebels on the one hand and Bashar al-Assad’s regime... Read more

  • Israel Military Says Rocket From Gaza Hit Israel

    JERUSALEM—A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said, in the first such attack since September. The military... Read more

  • 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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