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New York Times

US to Restore Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Vestige of Cold War
New York Times
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century as he vowed to “cut loose the shackles of the past” and ...
Congressional critics ready to block Obama push to normalize Cuban relationsFox News
Miami, heart of Cuban exile community, stunned by US policy shiftMiamiHerald.com
Cuba still faces domestic challenges in pursuing US thawLos Angeles Times
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Reuters

US determines North Korea behind Sony attack as studio pulls movie
Reuters
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. government source said investigators had determined that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony Pictures as the studio pulled all plans to release its comedy, "The Interview," about an assassination attempt on the ...
US Concludes North Korea Is Behind Sony HackWall Street Journal
The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is FlimsyWired
Stolen Emails Reveal Lapses in Sony Security PracticesABC News
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Atlanta Journal Constitution

Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC
Atlanta Journal Constitution
More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice. George Stinney was arrested, ...
South Carolina Judge Vacates Conviction of George Stinney in 1944 ExecutionNew York Times
Judge throws out teen's murder conviction 70 years after his executionWashington Post
70-year-old murder conviction of SC teen overturnedRock Hill Herald
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Draft UN resolution wants end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands ...
Fox News
UNITED NATIONS – Jordan has submitted a draft resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands captured in 1967 to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote. The resolution wants Israeli security forces withdrawn no later than the end of ...

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USA TODAY

Sessions yields to Enzi as US Senate Budget chairman
Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Mike Enzi said on Wednesday he will take over as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee next year after the panel's current top Republican, Jeff Sessions, agreed to step aside. The two senators had ...
Sen. Jeff Sessions drops bid for budget chairmanship, will lead welfare reform ...AL.com
Wyoming's Enzi to be Senate Budget Committee Chairman in new CongressOil City
In surprise, Wyo. senator to head budget committeeHickory Daily Record
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ABC News

Pope Francis takes a public role in US-Cuba relations
Washington Post
It's common for the Vatican to play middleman in some of the most heated global disputes. It did so in a Chile-Argentina border standoff in the 1970s, and between Britain and Iran in 2007 over hostages. But such papal diplomacy has taken place behind the ...
How Pope John Paul II Paved The Way For The US-Cuba ThawHuffington Post
Pope Francis played role in uniting US and CubaDaily Mail
Pope Francis helped broker US, Cuba agreementIrish Times
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Wall Street Journal

Fracking Ban in New York Puts Cuomo in Tight Spot
Wall Street Journal
The decision to prohibit hydraulic fracturing in New York state Wednesday exposed the deep divisions over the issue and highlighted the political tightrope Gov. Andrew Cuomo had to tiptoe across. On one side were liberal environmental activists who were ...
New York to ban fracking, says risks outweigh benefitslehighvalleylive.com
New York Decision To Ban Shale Gas Fracking Contradicts Other State PoliciesForbes
Is New York governor's ban on fracking grounded in science? (+video)Christian Science Monitor
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$US10 million in stolen art recovered
NTNews.com.au
$US10 million worth of stolen art has been recovered in the US - including paintings by Chagall and Diego Rivera. ACCORDING to the Los Angeles Times, court documents show FBI and Los Angeles police investigators have recovered nine pieces of art at a ...

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Daily Times

After school massacre, Pakistan's media point accusing fingers (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
Editorials in English-language media are casting blame on everyone from the prime minister to opposition firebrand Imran Khan to Army leaders. Across the border, Indian media are urging a further crackdown on the Taliban.
Pakistan Urges Afghans to Help Find Taliban Leaders Behind MassacreNew York Times
Funerals held for victims of Peshawar school attackIrish Times
'We Are All Sickened': Peshawar Attackers Are Dead, Ideology Is NotNBCNews.com
Tehran Times -New Zealand Herald -The Nation
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Wall Street Journal

Europeans for Hamas
Wall Street Journal
Europe legitimizes the cold killers of Hamas at its own peril. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images. Dec. 17, 2014 7:39 p.m. ET. 3 COMMENTS. Hamas is no longer a terrorist organization. This is the astonishing verdict of the European Court of Justice, ...
Netanyahu: Weak against Hamas, strong against EuropeHaaretz
EU removes Hamas from terror blacklistThe Australian (blog)
Hamas removed from EU terrorist list on technicalityYnetnews
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