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Pakistan plans to execute 500 terror convicts, officials say
Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming
Seahawks, Packers, Cowboys, Steelers in playoffs
China opposes cyberattacks, doesn't name N. Korea
BEIJING (AP) — China says it has told the U.S. that it is against cyberattacks and opposes any nation or individual launching such attacks from a third country, but did not directly condemn the Sony hackings that Washington has blamed
Romo, Cowboys are in after 42-7 rout of Colts
Palestinian man arrested after foiled attack on soldier
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israel military says a Palestinian man has been arrested after a foiled attack on a soldier in the West Bank.
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Malinga injury recovery going well
Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga to return for the latter stages of the one-day international series against New Zealand.
Spanish princess to face fraud trial
The Spanish kings sister, Princess Cristina, to face tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husbands dealings.
Flood water strands 35 in supermarket
Firefighters say 35 people have been stranded in an Ayrshire supermarket by floodwater after a river burst its banks.
Man dies in police Taser shooting
A man dies after being shot by police with a Taser in Staffordshire.
Picture power: Abandoned on the border
Photographer Murad Sezer explains why he shot an abandoned babys cradle on the Syrian Turkish border.
B&Q's Kingfisher to sell China stake
Home improvements retailer Kingfisher agrees to sell a controlling stake in B&Q China to Wumei Holdings in a cash deal estimated to be worth £140m
Fifa holds secret talks with Blatter
Fifa president Sepp Blatter holds talks with executives as concerns grow over the future direction of footballs governing body.
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Gift idea: Unlimited legroom
What could be better than experiencing the comfort and reclining pleasure of an airline seat than replicating that experience in your own lounge room or office?
Soledad: What my mother left behind
What dare I think about Cuba?
ISIS sees no borders, 'only front lines'
Juergen Todenhoefers journey was a tough one: dangerous, but also eye-opening. The author traveled deep into ISIS territory -- the area they now call their caliphate -- visiting Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in Syria, as well as Mosul in Iraq.
How U.S. helped wife of Cuban spy get pregnant
It might be the most bizarre of the closely guarded secrets from last weeks historic agreement between the United States and Cuba.
North Korea threatens attacks
In a statement written in English, the government of North Korea issues new threats. CNNs Kyung Lah reports.
Churches of the new millennium
Despite their expensive price tags and celebrity architects, Italys new churches have not been welcomed by all.
Jail's camera rolls while clients ...
A county jail is under fire for security cameras recording private moments of clients using the toilet and dressing.
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Kerry prepares fresh Middle East peace push at end of tumultuous year
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NEW ISIS HORROR Churches used to torture Christians, reports say
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Australian father, two sons found alive after wrong turn strands them in wilderness for 10 days
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North Korea makes new threat against US over Sony cyberattack claims
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Protester perches on St. Peter's Cathedral facade
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PLAY DELAYED MLB waits for full US-Cuba thaw to get top talent
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As Christmas approaches, Baghdad Christians lament empty pews
BAGHDAD — A choir dressed in crimson robes sang ancient hymns below a Christmas star strung with fairy lights at a recent service in the Iraqi capital, the heavy scent of incense hanging in the air. But the season here
Boko Haram releases video of extremists killing civilians
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — A new video from Nigeria’s home-grown Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen shooting civilians lying face down in a dormitory and a leader saying they are being killed because they are “infidels” or nonbelievers.Read full article >>
A deal with Castro, for a post-Castro future
MEXICO CITY — Critics of President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba insist it will deliver big rewards to the island’s military-led government, which controls as much as 80 percent of the economy.Read full article >>
WorldViews: Stripped of duties, controversial Indian diplomat defends conduct
A controversial Indian diplomat whose arrest on visa fraud charges triggered a diplomatic row with the United States last year said Sunday that she had been unfairly stripped of her duties in India’s Ministry of External Affairs, even as officials
In a strategic valley, a glimpse of Afghan troops’ future after most U.S. forces leave
BABA, Afghanistan — Clutching M-16 rifles, the Afghan soldiers nervously stood watch on a sand-colored ridge next to a mud house blown apart by gunfire. A week earlier, their unit had pushed the Taliban from this village. Now, the insurgents
Castro insists Cuba won’t abandon communism despite deal with U.S.
MEXICO CITY — With shouts of “Viva Fidel!” Cuban President Raúl Castro said Saturday that the easing of tensions with the United States did not mean he was going to jettison the communist ideals that his brother brought to the
U.S. asks China to help combat North Korean hacking after attack on Sony
HONOLULU — The Obama administration has asked China for help in countering the North Korean cyberattacks as the United States seeks to respond to the financially costly assault on Sony Pictures.But Kim Jong Un’s regime insisted Saturday there was no
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Court orders partner of Sydney hostage-taker jailed
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court on Monday ordered bail revoked for the partner of a self-styled Sheikh who last week stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint, sparking a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people dead, including the gunman.
Essebsi declares win in Tunisia election, rival contests
TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sundays presidential run-off vote, seen as the last step in Tunisias shift to full democracy four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost
China condemns cyberattacks, but does not mention North Korea
BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China has said it opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed by Washington for the
Saudi Arabia says won't cut oil output
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it would not cut output to prop up oil markets even if non-OPEC nations did so, in one of the toughest signals yet that the worlds top petroleum exporter plans to
Obama says Sony hack not an act of war
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.
Obama to name Sally Yates as pick for deputy attorney general
HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Monday that U.S. Attorney Sally Yates will be his nominee for deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, a U.S. official said.
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Florida suspect shot police officer then ran him over
Officer has been identified as Charles Charlie K Kondek, a 17-year veteran of Tarpon Springs Police Department.     
Okla. plans higher doses of drugs in botched execution
The state plans to use higher doses of the drugs used in April.       
Social media posts threatened 'pigs'
Web postings appear to show Brinsley wanted revenge for the deaths of Brown and Garner.       
Del. capital plan calls for cadets to patrol with Tasers
The cadets will patrol downtown Dover so as not to divert police officers from more serious crimes.     
No safety net for exonerees in Michigan
Men exonerated of crimes in Michigan are left to fend for themselves.       
Satanist group mounts holiday display with little fanfare
Snaketivity Scene will be displayed daily at the Michigan Capitol until Tuesday.       
Detective: Shooter said 'watch what I'm going to do'
Two police officers were shot execution-style in their patrol car in Brooklyn.       
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Wet Not White: Rain and Wind Threaten Christmas Travel
Lashing rains, high winds and thunderstorms are set to mess up holiday travel plans for millions of Americans this week.
Missing Student's Keys Found in River
More than three weeks after his disappearance, officials have found the keys of missing college student Shane Montgomery at the bottom of the Schuylkill.
Sydney Gunman's Partner Taken Into Custody
The partner of the Sydney siege gunman had her bail revoked over murder charges relating to the death of the hostage-takers wife.
Italian Beats Vatican Security to Perch on St. Peter's
It was the fifth time Marcello Di Finizio has staged such a protest at the Vatican in recent years
Police Told to Avoid Inflammatory Social Media Posts
Big-city police departments around the country are warning officers to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media.
Two Kids, Two Adults Shot Dead in Home
A neighbor said she heard pounding on the door of the residence and then the sound of the door being forced open. The sound of gunshots immediately followed.
Police Departments on Alert After Cop Killings
Big-city police departments around the country are warning officers to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media.
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New York Police Add Precautions After Ambush
Officers going out on foot patrol were directed to work only in pairs. Sentries were posted out station houses. The department suspended patrols by auxiliary officers, thousands of unarmed volunteers.
in Brooklyn, the Lives of 2 Officers Are Recalled as Their Deaths Are Mourned
Neighbors and business owners recalled Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos as law enforcement colleagues visited the Brooklyn homes of the fallen officers.
In 2008 Mumbai Attacks, Piles of Spy Data, but an Uncompleted Puzzle
In a report with ProPublica and “Frontline,” The Times uncovers how surveillance by U.S., British and Indian agencies missed many clues before the attack that Indians regard as their 9/11.
Obama to See if North Korea Should Return to Terror List
President Obama said he would “review” whether to return North Korea to the list, part of a broader government response to a damaging cyberattack on Sony’s Hollywood studio.
G.O.P. Hopes for Unity May Be Upset by Ben Carson
The Republican establishment is determined not to repeat the mistakes of 2012, but Ben Carson is riding a groundswell of support from outside the mainstream.
Protecting a Home Where the Puffer Fish Roam in Biscayne National Park
A dispute over the possibility of a no-fishing zone in Biscayne National Park off the coast of Florida has raised contrasts with hunting bans on federal land.
Despite Cheaper Gas, Public Transit Ridership Is Up, Trade Group Reports
Investment in transit around the country is leading to record-high ridership rates and more people leaving their cars at home despite low prices at the pump.
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Hackers to Iggy Azalea: Apologize for Racism or We’ll Reveal Sex Tape
Anonymous is trying to leverage an alleged sex tape against a female rapper
Fast Food Could Make Children Perform Worse in School
New study shows that kids who eat the most fast food have lower test scores in science, math and reading
The First Western Journalist to Interview ISIS Is Home With a Terrifying Message
What he found in Mosul doesnt bode well
Bulent Kilic: TIME Picks the Best Wire Photographer of 2014
Amidst a turbulent year, Bulent Kilics photographs have consistently grabbed the attention of editors and viewers around the world
Pakistan Arrests Several Suspects for Deadly Peshawar School Attack
Intelligence indicates plans of a new attack, says the Interior Minister
South Korean Nuclear Operator Holds Cyber-Attack Drills After Hack
Hackers threaten people to stay away from three nuclear reactors unless they are closed by Christmas
Hundreds of Muslims Are Trapped in Enclaves in the Central African Republic
Those trapped face a grim choice: leave and face possible attack from anti-balaka fighters, or stay and die from hunger and disease, reports HRW
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Jesse R. Goodale II dead, co-founder of Riverhead Building Supply was 97
Jesse R. Goodale II, a potato farmer who went on to co-found Riverhead Building Supply, died Saturday at his Riverhead home, his daughter said.
Guardian Angels invited to patrol Riverhead amid growing gang concerns
Riverhead officials have invited the Guardian Angels anti-crime organization to set up patrols in the town next year and help improve communication between police and Latino immigrants.
Survey: U.S. gas prices fall 25 cents per gallon
The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47.
Nassau narrows options to plug $30M budget hole
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Republican county lawmakers have narrowed the options to plug a $30 million budget hole left by the repeal of the school-zone speed camera program, with a focus on ending a $13 million hospital subsidy
Lance Bass, Michael Turchin marry
Singer Lance Bass, formerly of the boy band NSync, married an aspiring actor in Los Angeles.
Cuomo's ban on fracking gives boost for potential 2016 run, say experts
ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomos decision last week to ban natural gas drilling burnished his liberal record among Democrats from Manhattan to Hollywood and gave a boost to his profile for a potential run for president in 2016, experts
NYPD retraining program may be delayed in light of police 'assassinations,' source, experts say
The killing of NYPD officers Wen Jian Liu and Rafael Ramos will likely force the department to make changes in the timing and content of its massive retraining program underway in the wake of the Eric Garner case, according to
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