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As Ukraine truce holds, Russia vows economic pain

December 16, 2014 • World NewsComments Off

Workers decorate a New Year tree, in front of the St. Sophia Cathedral in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. New Year is widely celebrated as the most popular holiday in Ukraine with the Orhodox Christmas being celebrated on Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government [&hellip...

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Kerry, Netanyahu meet as UN efforts heat up

December 16, 2014 • World NewsComments Off

US Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, is served a drink before talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, center right sitting, and British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, right sitting,...

Jailed Venezuela opposition leader rattles cage

December 16, 2014 • World NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is flanked by Bolivarian National Guards after Lopez surrendered in Caracas, Venezuela. Locked up and denounced by Venezuela’s government as a terrorist, Lopez may be out of...

Japan Abe faces battle on reforms despite vote win

December 15, 2014 • World NewsComments Off

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, speaks during a TV interview on ballot counting for the lower house elections at his Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s...

At UN climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier

December 15, 2014 • World NewsComments Off

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...

Hamas stages military rally to mark anniversary

December 15, 2014 • World NewsComments Off

Palestinian Hamas masked gunmen march in a rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Hamas militant group, in Gaza City, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Islamic militant group Hamas displayed rockets...

20 dead, 88 missing in central Indonesia mudslide

December 14, 2014 • World NewsComments Off

Rescuers remove the body of a victim of landslides that swept away houses in Jemblung village, Central Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Scores of people died and more than 100 are missing following landslides caused by heavy rain in central Indonesia...

December 14, 2014 • World NewsComments Off

In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, a Nigerian woman, Halima Ibrahim and her children sit at a camp for displaced people in Gagamiri, Niger, after her husband was killed by an Islamic extremist in Damassak. With a military escort instead of the usual...

Higher prices, shortages create pressure for IS

December 13, 2014 • World NewsComments Off

FILE – This file image posted on a militant website on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows renderings of a 1 gold dinar, a new coin that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State...

Cuba: Rappers targeted by USAID program ‘victims’

December 13, 2014 • World NewsComments Off

In this April 23, 2010 photo, members of Los Aldeanos, Aldo Rodriguez, left, and Bian Rodriguez, center, perform in concert at the Acapulco Theater in Havana, Cuba. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that a U.S. agency infiltrated Cuba’s...