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Pakistani schoolchildren look out the doorway of their school, before a special class about the victims killed in Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, at Ranrra school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Pakistan: 67 militants killed after school massacre

- Associated Press

Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.

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Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

- Associated Press

Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference, he also said Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Vladimir Putin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bear

- Associated Press

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.

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Associated Press

Two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man will go before a judge considering their competency to stand trial.

A woman with a poster of the Cuban Five, that reads in Spanish "Freedom Now," celebrates their release, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations between the two nations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Cubans hope for better future with U.S.-Havana deal

- Associated Press

Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being.

George Ryan: Cuba relations will open markets

Associated Press

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, who made a historic trip to Cuba 15 years ago, says restoring diplomatic relations with the island nation 90 miles off coast of Florida will open new markets for the United States.

Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi is surrounded by journalists during the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) meeting Saturday in Cairo, Egypt. OPEC oil ministers downplayed expectations of, but didn't dismiss outright, an immediate output cut as they faced a third test in as many months of their ability to engineer a rebound in oil prices. (Associated Press)

Saudi says oil decisions not linked to politics

Associated Press

Saudi Arabia's oil chief said in comments published Thursday that there are no links between the kingdom's decision to oppose production cuts and political objectives — an apparent response to accusations last week from Shiite powerhouse Iran.

In this Nov. 28, 2011, file photo, a boy jumps into the water at the Malecon in Havana. While President Barack Obama announced Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, plans to restore diplomatic ties with the Caribbean island nation, it doesn’t mean globe-trotting American tourists can hop on a plane to Havana anytime soon. It still remains illegal for most U.S. citizens to travel to, and spend money in, Cuba. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

U.S. travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

- Associated Press

In a story Dec. 17 about travel to Cuba, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of Americans who were authorized to travel to Cuba last year. The number was 124,000, not 170,000.

From left, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., participate in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, after traveling to Havana earlier today to bring back American prisoner Alan Gross who has been held by the Cuban government. President Barack Obama announced that the United States and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

- Associated Press

A lack of unanimity in both political parties toward President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in U.S. policy toward the communist island in 50-plus years.

Anti-Castro activists Osvaldo Hernandez, right, and Miguel Saavedra, second from right, chant anti-Obama slogans in the Little Havana area of Miami, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Hernandez and Saavedra express their disagreement with a surprise move announced by senior Obama administration officials that could pave the way for a major shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island nation.  (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Exiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relations

- Associated Press

When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country's largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets.

No immediate plans for Mormon missionaries in Cuba

Associated Press

The Mormon church says it's too soon to say if it will start sending missionaries to Cuba as the United States begins re-establishing diplomatic ties with the communist island.