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Putin: West is Trying to 'Defang' the Russian Bear

| By Laura Mills and Vladimir Isachenkov | Thursday Dec 18, 2014
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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N Korea-Linked Sony Hack May Be Costliest Ever

| By Bernard Condon, Eric Tucker and Mae Anderson | Dec 18
The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business.

Obama Reignites Political Debate over Cuba

| By Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples | Dec 18
The surprising move by Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republicans eyeing the White House.

How Kim Jong Un Became the Target of 'The Interview'

| By Jake Coyle | Dec 18
After a devastating hacking attack on Sony Pictures and threats of terrorist attacks when "The Interview" was set to open in theaters on Christmas Day, Sony canceled the release of Rogen's film on Wednesday.

On Intl. Migrants Day, IFUW Notes Most Refugees Are Women

| By Winnie McCroy | Dec 17
In anticipation of International Migrants Day on December 18, the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) highlights the need for good education and job for women and migrants.

Elton John and Husband to Tie the Knot Once More

| Dec 17
Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Britain since March. Previously, gay couples could form civil partnerships, which carried the same legal status as marriage but without the title.

Cuba Releases US Prisoner Alan Gross

| By Julie Pace and Matthew Lee | Dec 17
American Alan Gross has been released from a Cuban prison after five years, as part of an agreement that also includes the release of three Cubans jailed in the United States, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Aussie Leader: Siege Gunman Dropped Off Watch List

| By Kristen Gelineau | Dec 17
A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list - but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.

Egypt Refers to Trial 26 Suspected Homosexual Men

| By Sarah El Deeb | Dec 17
An Egyptian official says prosecutors have referred 26 men arrested in a raid on a bath house to trial on charges connected to their suspected homosexuality.

British Teacher Comes Out, Gets Letter of Support From Student

| By Winnie McCroy | Dec 17
After a British teacher came out as gay to his primary school students, he received a heartwarming letter of support from a nine-year-old child in his class, letting him know that it wouldn't change the way she felt about him.

Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some Who Died in 2014

| By Bernard McGhee | Dec 17
Here is a roll call of some of the people who died in 2014.

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