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FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday May 12, 2009 and  reviewed by the U.S. military, a soldier stands guard at the front gate entrance to Guantanamo's Camp 6 maximum-security detention facility, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. The U.S. government said Sunday Dec. 7, 2014 six men who have been held more than 12 years at Guantanamo Bay have been sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Obama releases four from Gitmo; men sent to Afghanistan

- Associated Press

The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Cuba's President Raul Castro raises his fist and shou's during the closing of the twice-annual legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Raul Castro thanks Obama, says Cuba will not abandon communism

- Associated Press

Three men who served long U.S. prison terms for spying received a standing ovation in Cuba’s parliament Saturday, shaking their fists in victory as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington won’t change the communist system he leads.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Trust me: Kim Jong-un wants joint probe with U.S. on Sony hacking

Associated Press

North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.

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: 77 militants killed after school massacre

- Associated Press

Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 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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Schedler, insurance program reach deal over records

- Associated Press

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has agreed to archive all the state employee health insurance program's records with the Secretary of State's office, after refusing for several months to follow the state's archiving requirements.

Congressional Cubans step up Obama criticism

- Associated Press

Flanked by Cuban exiles and relatives of killed Cuban dissidents, Sen. Marco Rubio and two Republican House members stepped up criticism Thursday of President Barack Obama's move to re-establish ties with the Castro dictatorship.

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.

A woman waits in a classic American car that's used as a shared taxi by commuters in Havana, Cuba, early Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations _ a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

- Associated Press

The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.

China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals

- Associated Press

China promised Thursday to speed up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States and enforce its anti-monopoly laws equally among Chinese and foreign companies.

New ties with Cuba won't change immigration rules

- Associated Press

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the Obama administration's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba won't impact immigration rules just yet.

In this Wednesday, Aug.7, 2013 photo, farmer Ben Burgess examines a rice field for a type of low-yield rice near Coy, Ark. Arkansas agriculture and business groups applauded the Cuba trade, travel and diplomatic policy announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, ArkansasOnline reported. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Arkansas growers see trade potential in Cuba

Associated Press

Arkansas growers and business groups are looking to cash in on potential trading opportunities with Cuba after President Barack Obama announced this week that he's renewing diplomatic ties with the island that's 90 miles off the coast of Florida.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens 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 Putin says Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Vladimir Putin mocks 'drunk' reporter, who is really a stroke survivor

- The Washington Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unfortunate gaffe Thursday during his annual televised news conference, when he joked that a journalist who asked about a local alcoholic drink, was drunk himself, but it was later revealed that the reporter had suffered two strokes and a brain injury that affected his speech.

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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.