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Greek PM Samaras falls short in first round presidential vote

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Wednesday, leaving Prime Minister Antonis Samaras still looking for as many as 20 votes from independents and small parties to keep his coalition government in office.


Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:44 pm

Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – A shocked Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.








Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:43 pm

Exclusive: As easy targets thin, Syria air strikes by U.S. allies plunge

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) – As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington’s coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.


Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:40 pm

U.S. moves to normalize relations with Cuba in dramatic shift

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba are moving to normalize diplomatic relations more than 50 years after they were severed in a historic shift in policy, President Barack Obama was set to announce on Wednesday.


Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:36 pm

U.S., Cuba to restore ties after 50 years of hostility

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.








Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:33 pm

Italy police break up international money laundering ring in Rome

ROME (Reuters) – Italian finance police on Wednesday arrested 17 people accused of running an international money laundering ring through a British-based money transfer services company which was used to shuttle illegal proceeds abroad, mostly to China.


Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:27 pm

U.S.-led coalition conducts 67 air strikes against Islamic State: task force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and its allies have conducted 61 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq in the past the three days, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Wednesday.








Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:21 pm

UK’s Osborne accused of claiming false victory in EU budget row

LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister George Osborne was criticized by the head of a parliamentary committee on Wednesday for claiming victory in a row with the European Union over an unexpected bill that triggered a diplomatic bust up with EU officials.


Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:00 pm

Secret talks in Canada, Vatican City led to Cuba breakthrough

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The historic breakthrough in U.S.-Cuban relations began in spring 2013, when President Barack Obama authorized secret talks with Cuba, the same tactic he used to open nuclear negotiations with Iran.








Posted on 17 December 2014 | 6:48 pm

Over 120,000 pro-Assad fighters killed in Syria conflict: monitoring group

BEIRUT (Reuters) – More than 120,000 fighters supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been killed in the country’s civil war since it began in 2011, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday.








Posted on 17 December 2014 | 6:32 pm

Spy freed by Cuba ID’d key Cuban agents in U.S. government: U.S. spy chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Cuban national freed from prison by the Cuban government provided “critical assistance” to United States agencies in exposing Cuban agents who had infiltrated the U.S. government, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence’s office said on Wednesday.








Posted on 17 December 2014 | 6:26 pm

India goes on security alert weeks before Obama trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has put security agencies on nationwide alert for a militant strike in the lead-up to a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama next month, citing an assault on a Pakistani school this week as a warning signal.


Posted on 17 December 2014 | 6:11 pm

U.S. to open embassy in Havana, U.S. official says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to open an embassy in Havana, a U.S. official said on Wednesday before President Barack Obama’s expected announcement on a policy shift with Cuba.








Posted on 17 December 2014 | 4:57 pm

UK came ‘within days’ of Sydney-style terror attack: top policeman

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain thwarted a Sydney-style ‘lone wolf’ attack just days before it was due to happen, London’s top policeman said on Wednesday, saying his force had foiled five terror plots in the last four months alone.


Posted on 17 December 2014 | 4:21 pm

U.S. to open embassy in Cuba: AP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is planning to open an embassy in Cuba as part of its plan to open talks and normalize relations with the island nation, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. officials.








Posted on 17 December 2014 | 4:06 pm

U.N. Security Council renews cross-border Syria aid authorization

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday renewed for 12 months its authorization for humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebel-held areas of Syria at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan.








Posted on 17 December 2014 | 3:49 pm

Afghan spy chief laments intelligence vacuum as foreign troops leave

KABUL (Reuters) – The departure of most foreign troops from Afghanistan has left an intelligence-gathering vacuum that facilitates Taliban attacks, the head of the Afghan spy agency said on Wednesday.


Posted on 17 December 2014 | 3:44 pm

Latin American leftist exiles hold faith in Maduro’s Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s aging community of fugitives from 1970s South American dictatorships are staying loyal to their revolutionary roots and defending President Nicolas Maduro at one of his “Chavista” socialist movement’s lowest ebbs.


Posted on 17 December 2014 | 3:42 pm

Buhari catches anti-graft mood but divides Nigerian voters

LAGOS (Reuters) – “I am not a rich person, I can’t give you a pocketful of dollars or naira to purchase your support,” Nigeria’s former military leader Muhammadu Buhari wrote to opposition delegates last week before they chose him to contest next year’s presidential election.


Posted on 17 December 2014 | 3:16 pm

Hamas’ deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group’s deputy leader said on Wednesday.


Posted on 17 December 2014 | 3:03 pm

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EU court says Hamas should be removed from terror list

Palestinian members of al-Qassam Brigades take part in a military parade in Gaza CityBy Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis. In its ruling, however, the bloc's second highest tribunal said member states could keep Hamas's assets frozen for three months to give time for further review or for an appeal. The EU's foreign policy arm said the bloc continued to view Hamas as a terrorist group. "This was a legal ruling of the court based on procedural grounds. …

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:49 pm

Exclusive: As easy targets thin, Syria air strikes by U.S. allies plunge

Smoke rises after an US-led air strike in the Syrian town of KobaniBy Phil Stewart and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) – As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war. Although President Barack Obama's administration announced the Syrian air strikes three months ago as a joint campaign by Washington and its Arab allies, nearly 97 percent of the strikes in December have been carried out by the United States alone, according to U.S. military data provided to Reuters. The data shows that U.S. …

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:40 pm

Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday and declared an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:37 pm

Kurdish Iraqi forces launch operation in Sinjar

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the road that leads directly to the Syrian border.

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:34 pm

Australia’s Dennis will attempt hour record

PARIS (AP) — Australian rider Rohan Dennis says he will try to break cycling’s hour record in February.

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:34 pm

After 53 years, time is right for US and Cuba

President Barack Obama is shown on a television screen with Spanish captions as a Spanish language television network shows his speech live inside a Cuban coffee shop, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Union City, N.J. Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)MEXICO CITY (AP) — After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments.

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:33 pm

Guatemala arrests US fugitive in illegal adoptions

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities have arrested an American accused of human trafficking and participating in illegal adoptions.

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:33 pm

Stocks jump after Fed promises ‘patient’ approach

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, people pass a Wall Street subway stop, in New York's Financial District. U.S. stocks are opening moderately lower Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, as the price of oil continues to drop. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserved said the U.S. economy was improving and that it would be "patient" in determining when to raise rates. Energy stocks jumped after the price of oil recovered some of its recent losses.

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:33 pm

Gross released after a year of talks, Vatican involved: U.S. senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Negotiations for the release of ailing U.S. aid worker Alan Gross lasted for about a year, with significant involvement by the Vatican, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin told Reuters on Wednesday. Durbin said the White House called him on Tuesday night with the news of Gross’ pending release. “I was overjoyed by this news,” Durbin told Reuters by telephone from Joint Base Andrews, a military base outside of Washington, where Gross was expected to land within hours. But there were already quick objections to the news from some U.S. lawmakers. …

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:33 pm

U.N. chief says U.S., Cuba news ‘very positive’

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday it was “very positive” that the United States was planning to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 50 years after they were severed. “This news is very positive,” Ban told a news conference. “It is time that Cuba and the United States normalize their bilateral relations. In that regard I heartily welcome today’s development.” (Reporting by Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:33 pm

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Pope Francis played key role in US-Cuba deal – USA TODAY


USA TODAY

Pope Francis played key role in US-Cuba deal
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis played a key role in finalizing a deal to open relations between the United States and Cuba for the first time in 53 years, President Obama said Wednesday. "His Holiness Pope Francis issued a personal appeal to me and to …
Alan Gross: After Five Years in Prison, He Says It's 'Good to be Home'ABC News
Obama hails 'new chapter' in US-Cuba tiesBBC News
Amid jubilation by relatives and friends, a 'Hannukah miracle' for Alan GrossWashington Post
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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:39 pm

Kurdish Iraqi Forces Launch Operation in Sinjar – ABC News


The Guardian

Kurdish Iraqi Forces Launch Operation in Sinjar
ABC News
Kurdish Iraqi forces launched a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the road that leads directly to the Syrian border. Peshmerga forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, moved …
Kurdish Iraqi Forces Launch Operation to Retake Sinjar From Islamic StateWall Street Journal
Kurdish peshmerga forces launch offensive to retake Isis held areasThe Guardian
Iraq Kurds in push to retake Sinjar area from jihadistsBusiness Standard
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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:36 pm

The Dalai Lama says perhaps he should be the last person to hold that title. – Quartz


TIME

The Dalai Lama says perhaps he should be the last person to hold that title.
Quartz
Once he dies, the spiritual leader says it may not be worth continuing the centuries-old tradition, since “There is no guarantee that some stupid Dalai Lama won't come next, who will disgrace himself or herself. That would be very sad.” But ultimately, he said, …
Dalai Lama concedes he may be the lastBBC News
Dalai Lama says his role should cease after his deatheuronews
Communist 'hardliners' holding back Xi Jinping on Tibet issue, says Dalai LamaDaily News & Analysis
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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:26 pm

Pope Francis Gets Tango and Cake for Birthday – Wall Street Journal


CBC.ca

Pope Francis Gets Tango and Cake for Birthday
Wall Street Journal
Pope Francis was greeted by thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday in honor of his 78th birthday and hundreds of couples danced the tango to celebrate his Argentine heritage. Photo: AP. Transcript. This transcript has been automatically …
What do you get Pope Francis for his birthday? 1760 pounds of chicken meat.NOLA.com
Pope Francis turns 78 with tango and tea in St Peter's Squareeuronews
Thousands tango for Pope Francis' 78th birthdayNew York Daily News
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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:26 pm

A look at steps Pakistan is taking after school massacre and challenges ahead in … – Fox News


The News International

A look at steps Pakistan is taking after school massacre and challenges ahead in
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PAKISTAN-AFGHANISTAN COORDINATION: Pakistan has reached out for help from neighboring Afghanistan, with which it has long had a rocky relationship. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Tuesday night and they …
Quotes from Pakistani families over school attackWashington Post
Pakistan buries victims of school massacreChron.com
Pakistan school attack: PM Sharif vows to end 'terrorism'BBC News
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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:18 pm

Jewish groups harshly condemn removal of Hamas from EU terror list – Jerusalem Post


Jerusalem Post

Jewish groups harshly condemn removal of Hamas from EU terror list
Jerusalem Post
Jewish communities in Europe, North America denounce ruling by General Court of the EU – the bloc's 2nd highest tribunal. hamas rafah. Hamas members at an anti-Israel rally in Rafah in southern Gaza, November 13, 2014. . (photo credit:REUTERS).
Israeli PM Slams EU Taking Hamas off Terror ListABC News
Netanyahu slams European "hypocrisy" as court orders removal of Hamas from Telegraph.co.uk
Court orders Hamas off EU terror list; Israel reacts with angerLos Angeles Times
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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:13 pm

A Happy Anniversary for Sony-Slayer Kim Jong Un – Businessweek


Businessweek

A Happy Anniversary for Sony-Slayer Kim Jong Un
Businessweek
Happy anniversary, Supreme Leader! Three years after Kim Jong Un rose to power, North Korea on Wednersday marked the end of the mourning period for his father, Dear Leader Kim Jong Il, with a ceremony in Pyongyang. Kim fils has a big act to follow …
N. Korea marks end of mourning for late leader Kim Jong-IlDaily Mail
Russia invites North Korea leader for May visit: paperReuters
Kim Jong-un's eventful three years in powerTelegraph.co.uk
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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 7:06 pm

New theory behind 1962 Alcatraz prison break – CBS News


The Guardian

New theory behind 1962 Alcatraz prison break
CBS News
A prison break 52 years ago is still one of America's great mysteries. The convicts who escaped from the notorious Alcatraz prison were never heard from again. Now, Dutch scientists have new evidence showing the men might have floated to freedom, reports …
Alcatraz escapees could have lived, study saysCNN
Scientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survivedseattlepi.com

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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 6:51 pm

Church of England names its first woman bishop; Libby Lane to assume historic … – Washington Post


The Independent

Church of England names its first woman bishop; Libby Lane to assume historic
Washington Post
CANTERBURY, England — The Church of England announced on Wednesday (Dec. 17) that Libby Lane, a parish priest from Hale, a small village outside Manchester, would become its first woman bishop, ending centuries of all-male leadership in this …
Church of England appoints its first woman bishopReuters
Manchester vicar Rev Libby Lane will be Church of England's first woman bishopThe Independent
First female bishop Rev Libby Lane is a 'bridge-builder'BBC News
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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 6:46 pm

Taliban Suicide Bombers Strike at Bank in Southern Afghanistan – New York Times


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Taliban Suicide Bombers Strike at Bank in Southern Afghanistan
New York Times
Suicide bombers attacked a bank in a provincial capital in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province. The dead included …
Pakistan seeks help from Afghans after school massacreReuters
Afghanistan violence: Taliban kill 10 in Helmand bank attackBBC News
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Posted on 17 December 2014 | 5:16 pm