Al Qaeda car bombs target Houthi fighters in Yemeni port city
Full Article CNN
18 Dec 2014

December 18, 2014 -- Updated 1828 GMT (0228 HKT) Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) -- Violence wracked Yemen yet again Thursday -- this time in the form of dual car bomb attacks purportedly carried out by al Qaeda militants targeting fighters from the minority, albeit powerful, Houthi group. At least nine Houthi fighters died in the attacks on a strategic Houthi...

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File - Houthi Shiite Yemenis wearing army uniforms ride on a pick-up truck, as they patrol a street during a tribal meeting held by Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
photo: AP / Hani Mohammed

updated 23 Nov 2014; published 23 Nov 2014
Houthi fighters control Yemen's al-Bayda Province after forcing out Al Qaeda
updated 14 Nov 2014; published 14 Nov 2014
Houthis gain ground against Yemen's al-Qaeda
updated 16 Nov 2014; published 16 Nov 2014
Houthis tighten control of Yemen's capital
updated 24 Nov 2014; published 24 Nov 2014
Houthis force out al Qaeda militants in Yemeni town of Radaa
updated 16 Oct 2014; published 16 Oct 2014
Yemen Residents: Al Qaeda And Houthis Clash
updated 17 Oct 2014; published 17 Oct 2014
Houthi and al-Qaeda fighters clash in Yemen
Sony pulls The Interview: should the media take some of the blame?
Full Article The Guardian
18 Dec 2014

Aaron Sorkin described news outlets reporting on the Sony Pictures hack as ‘morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable’ – a sentiment expressed by much of Hollywood. But what about a public interest defence? ...

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People walk past a banner for "The Interview"at Arclight Cinemas, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
photo: AP / Damian Dovarganes

updated 18 Dec 2014; published 18 Dec 2014
The Interview Officially Pulled from Theaters, and North Korea's Totally to Blame, Dafuq
updated 03 Dec 2014; published 03 Dec 2014
Body camera for cops, Stick computers, Did North Korea hack Sony - DT Daily (Dec 3)
updated 30 Nov 2014; published 30 Nov 2014
North Korea Suspected In Sony Cyber Attack
updated 01 Dec 2014; published 01 Dec 2014
Is Sony hack N. Korea retaliating for Franco flick?
updated 18 Dec 2014; published 18 Dec 2014
North Korea did it
updated 12 Dec 2014; published 12 Dec 2014
Sony Nails 'The Interview' at Festive, Hack free World Premiere - TOI
Putin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bear
Full Article Tampa Bay Online
18 Dec 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying away from its heavy reliance on oil and gas and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover. He also promised never to let the West chain or defang his proud nation, evoking the symbolic Russian bear. Speaking with...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 18, 2014.
photo: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

updated 18 Dec 2014; published 18 Dec 2014
Vladmir Putin Vows To Rebuild Russian Economy, Blames West For Trying To 'Defang' Russian Bear
updated 18 Dec 2014; published 18 Dec 2014
Russian state media promo for Putin speech: 'The bear never asks permission'
updated 24 Oct 2014; published 24 Oct 2014
‘Just like the Russian bear doesn’t ask permission, nor does the West’
updated 18 Dec 2014; published 18 Dec 2014
Putin: West wants to chain the Russian bear, no way they'll stuff it
updated 08 Oct 2014; published 08 Oct 2014
Dancing with a Wounded Bear: Russia and the West
updated 04 Jun 2014; published 04 Jun 2014
Stop Poking the Bear: The West Should Engage With Putin Not Castigate Him
President Obama Right To Call For Trade With Cuba: Half Century Of Failed Embargo Is Enough
Full Article Forbes
18 Dec 2014

President Barack Obama used negotiations over bringing home a couple of imprisoned Americans as an opportunity to refashion the entire U.S.-Cuba relationship. He’s aiming to reopen the embassy, relax trade and travel restrictions, and improve communication systems. Of course, sustained caterwauling began immediately from the usual...

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File - President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, convenes a National Security Council meeting on Cuba in the Situation Room of the White House, Nov. 6, 2014.
photo: White House / Pete Souza

updated 18 Dec 2014; published 18 Dec 2014
Major Shift In US-Cuba Relations - Trade, Diplomacy To Flow
updated 17 Dec 2014; published 17 Dec 2014
Obama Restores Diplomatic Relations With Cuba: Greenlight To Hunt Assata Shakur
updated 20 May 2014; published 20 May 2014
Has the US-Cuba trade embargo reached the end of the road? - BBC News
updated 17 Dec 2014; published 17 Dec 2014
Obama: U.S. to Reestablish an Embassy in Havana
updated 18 Dec 2014; published 18 Dec 2014
What U.S. policy shift means for tourism and trade in Cuba
updated 17 Dec 2014; published 17 Dec 2014
US to normalize relations with Cuba
Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram
Full Article Mail Guardian South Africa
18 Dec 2014

A Nigerian military court on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny after they refused to deploy for an operation against Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast, their lawyer said. “They sentenced 54 to death and acquitted five,” said prominent human rights lawyer Femi Falana, following a court martial that began on October...

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File - In this Wednesday, June, 25, 2014, file photo, a Nigerian soldier, center, walks, at the scene of an explosion in Abuja, Nigeria. Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group whose birthplace is Maiduguri, is accused of a series of recent bomb attacks
photo: AP / Olamikan Gbemiga

updated 10 Oct 2014; published 10 Oct 2014
CDS Badeh weighs in on death sentence on 12 Soldiers, Boko Haram
updated 18 Dec 2014; published 18 Dec 2014
Nigeria soldiers face death penalty for mutiny
updated 26 Aug 2014; published 26 Aug 2014
Boko-Haram: Shock-Anger & Outrage as Nigerian Soldiers flee for their lives!
updated 09 Sep 2014; published 09 Sep 2014
Nigerian Army And Civilians Fleeing From Boko Haram
updated 16 Oct 2014; published 16 Oct 2014
Nigerian soldiers charged with mutiny over Boko Haram
updated 28 Nov 2014; published 28 Nov 2014
Boko Haram seizes Mubi as Nigerian soldiers flee

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The Charlotte Observer
WASHINGTON For over half a century, the U.S. government's schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding...
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The Independent
President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even...
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The Guardian
All eyes were on Gaza in the summer, as Israel subjected the Palestinian people to 51 days of siege and bombardment. What is life like there now that the war is over and the world is no longer watching? ...

File - An FBI release shows one of the suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, wanted in connection with the Boston Marathon Bombings.
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The Boston Marathon bombing suspect, in his first court appearance in more than a year, told a judge on Thursday that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,...
photo: FBI
Central African Republic
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Joe DeCapua A growing number of fighters in Central African Republic’s two year old civil war are children. It’s estimated there may be as many as 10-thousand child soldiers, four times more than when the conflict began. listen to De...
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A tunisian woman wrapped in her national flag makes her way through tombs while attending the funeral of slain opposition leader Chokri Belaid at el Jallez cemetery near Tunis, Friday Feb. 8, 2013.
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TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - A new video has surfaced claiming responsibility for the 2013 assassinations of two Tunisian politicians in the name of the Islamic State group. The video features four armed, bearded men, including one identified last year as...
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A Boston police officer pauses on the finish line during a tribute in honor of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings
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Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in court for the first time in more than a year this morning while attending a final pretrial hearing at the federal courthouse in Boston. Tsarnaev, 21, who has marked the passing of two...
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Bodies lay in the streets of Bangui, Central African Republic, Friday Dec. 6 2013, a day after gun battles between Seleka soldiers and Christian militias left over 100 dead and scores wounded.
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BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) - Clashes in Central African Republic between Muslim and Christian fighters have killed 28, left dozens wounded and sent civilians fleeing for safety, a Red Cross official said Thursday. The fighting began...
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NORFOLK (Jan. 26, 2012) Sailors form the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) stand by as the French navy amphibious assault ship FS Mistral (L9013) approaches Naval Station Norfolk. Kearsarge is sponsoring Mistral during their visit to the United States
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Thomson ReutersRussian sailors board their Russian navy frigate Smolny at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire See Also SAINT-NAZAIRE, France (Reuters) - A ship carrying the Russian sailors who have been training for...
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US President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, in the rain for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War enemies came during a ceremony that's focused on Mandela's legacy of reconciliation. Hundreds of foreign dignitaries and world heads of states gather Tuesday with thousands of South African people to celebrate the life, and mark the death, of Nelson Mandela who has became a global symbol of reconciliation.
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If you are 53 or younger, you have never lived in a time when Cuba and the United States had diplomatic relations. With China, the communist giant, we’ve established normal relations. With communist Vietnam, our onetime enemy in war,...
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