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US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list
HONOLULU (AP) -- The United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Barack Obama said as the U.S. decides how to respond to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that law enforcement has blamed on the communist nation....
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Obama says US can influence new generation in Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said his plan to normalize relations with Cuba gives the U.S. a chance to influence events at an important moment of change for the communist nation, and he brushed off critics who accuse him of kowtowing to dictators....
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Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground
RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) -- As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run."...
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Russia's sole independent TV forced into meager studio
MOSCOW (AP) -- Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room....
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Nigeria's home-grown Islamic uprising poses regional threat
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Thousands of members of Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist Boko Haram group strike across the border in Cameroon, with coordinated attacks on border towns, a troop convoy and a major barracks....
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2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace....
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Belarusian independent news sites blocked
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media....
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Sierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: "If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me."...
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Greek prime minister open to 2015 early elections
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister says early general elections could be called by the end of 2015 if the current legislature can elect a president and if negotiations with the country's creditors on post-bailout aid are completed....
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Kurds push into Sinjar; Iraqis battle for airport
SINJAR, Iraq (AP) -- Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters pushed into the contested northern Iraqi town of Sinjar on Sunday, touching off heavy clashes with Islamic State militants who have controlled the area for months....
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