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Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project

December 23, 2014 • World NewsComments Off on Nicaragua breaks ground on historic canal project

Residents burn tires at a blockade on the Pan-American highway during the groundbreaking day of the $50 billion transoceanic waterway construction project predicted to rival the Panama Canal, in Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, Dec. 22. 2014. The groundbreaking marked the start of some ancillary projects in Brito, a city about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from...

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Cuba says it has a right to grant asylum to US fugitives

December 23, 2014 • World NewsComments Off on Cuba says it has a right to grant asylum to US fugitives

In this Dec. 20, 2014 photo, Cuba’s head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, front row center, embraces Gerardo Hernandez, member of “The Cuban Five,” at the closing from a twice-annual legislative session at the National Assembly in...

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

December 23, 2014 • World NewsComments Off on Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

Pope Francis arrives in the Paul VI hall on the occasion of an audience with the Holy See’s employees at the Vatican, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) VATICAN CITY (AP) — To the Catholic Church’s “seven deadly...

UN Security Council takes up N. Korea’s human rights

December 23, 2014 • World NewsComments Off on UN Security Council takes up N. Korea’s human rights

China’s U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi speaks during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters. The U.N. Security Council placed North Korea’s bleak human rights situation on its agenda Monday, a...

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

December 21, 2014 • World NewsComments Off on Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

People attend a church service to remember eight children who were killed in the Cairns suburb of Manoora, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at a hospital in the northern city of...

Nigerian Islamic extremists pose regional threat

December 21, 2014 • World NewsComments Off on Nigerian Islamic extremists pose regional threat

FILE – In this Sunday, May 11, 2014 file photo, A soldier and government officials inspects the bridge that link Nigeria and Cameroon following an attacked by Islamic militants in Gambaru, Nigeria. Thousands of members of Nigeria’s home-grown Islamic...

Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia’s new president

December 21, 2014 • World NewsComments Off on Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia’s new president

Supporters of Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi celebrate after the first results following the second round of the country’s presidential election, in Tunis, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi,...

German-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies

December 21, 2014 • World NewsComments Off on German-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies

FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 file photo, Austrian entertainer Udo Juergens performs on stage during his concert in the Hallenstadion venue in Zurich, Switzerland. Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking...

Burying the dead after Pakistan’s school massacre

December 20, 2014 • World NewsComments Off on Burying the dead after Pakistan’s school massacre

A Pakistanis student holds a candle during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims killed in Tuesday’s Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 in Lahore, Pakistan. The attack shocked the nation and prompted a massive...

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

December 20, 2014 • World NewsComments Off on Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

Police patrol near a house where eight children have been found dead in a Cairns suburb in far north Queensland, Australia, Friday Dec 19, 2014. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after...