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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

December 19, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past o... more »»

Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement

December 18, 2014

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Latin America is welcoming the renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States, but the rapprochement may complicate matters for Havana's chief ally, Venezuela, which... more »»

EU leaders agree to fund for jumpstarting growth

December 18, 2014

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday to create a strategic investment fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros ($386 billion) in private- and public-sector money to... more »»

Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile

December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor?

That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul... more »»

Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce

December 18, 2014

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government on Thursday rebuffed a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group, saying the guerrillas' conditions are unacceptable until a... more »»

Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba

December 18, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. more »»

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. more »»

Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

December 18, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — 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 revive... more »»

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria

December 18, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said... more »»

Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid

December 18, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations on a proposed U.N. more »»

Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo

December 18, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — If the U.. more »»

Botched cyberattack on Syria group blamed on IS

December 18, 2014

LONDON (AP) — A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal. more »»

Russian sailors leaving France without warship

December 18, 2014

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of Russian sailors pulled out of a French port Thursday, bearing perfumes for their loved ones but lacking the controversial bounty they came for: a 1-billion-euro,... more »»

Analysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy

December 18, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country's long, conflicted history with Islamic militanc. more »»

Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security law

December 18, 2014

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya's parliament Thursday as legislators passed a controversial security measure which the government says will help fight terrorism... more »»

FACT CHECK: Putin on the ruble collapse, Ukraine

December 18, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference... more »»

Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies

December 18, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said. more »»

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in northeast Nigeria

December 18, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Fleeing villagers say Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped earlier this... more »»

Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever

December 18, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. more »»

European court rules obesity can be a disability

December 18, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which... more »»

Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

December 18, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in... more »»



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