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FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

By The Associated Press 12:09 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, …

Putin confident in financial recovery, tells Russians West cannot ‘chain the bear’

By The Washington Post
MOSCOW —Russian President Vladimir Putin, under pressure to show a path out of the country’s economic misery, predicted Thursday a recovery in two years despite mounting bad news: a looming recession, a severely weakened ruble and growing fears about Russia’s ...

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia

By The Associated Press
SYDNEY — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police ...

Cezanne likely to attract bidders

By Reuters
LONDON — A “shimmering” Paul Cezanne painting of the Mediterranean with a castle in the background is expected to attract the big-money buyers at a ...

With Pittsburgh charges, feds target Uganda-based counterfeiting ring

By Jason Cato
A dapper young man known for bragging about Rolex watches and Lamborghini sports cars strolled into an Oakland coffee shop the day after Christmas in ...

Canadian woman who helped ducks gets prison in fatal crash

By From Wire Reports
MONTREAL — A Canadian woman who caused a fatal traffic accident by stopping her car to help ducks on a busy highway was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in prison and a 10-year driving ban. Emma Czornobaj was convicted by a ...

Abbas seeks talks on U.N. Security Council resolution for Palestinian state

By The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations on a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution that sets a 2017 deadline for an Israeli withdrawal from war-won lands Palestinians seek for a state. His comments indicated that ...

Colombia shuns rebels’ truce, saying conditions unacceptable

By The Associated Press
BOGOTA — Colombia’s government Thursday rebuffed a unilateral truce declared by the country’s largest rebel group, saying the guerrillas’ conditions are unacceptable until a peace deal is reached. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Wednesday said it would lay down ...

2 ISIS leaders dead in airstrikes, U.S. says

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Two senior Islamic State leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq during the past week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq ...

Dozens killed, scores missing in Nigeria attack

By The Associated Press
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday. In the attack Sunday night on the village of Gumburi, ...

Cuban spy’s parents search for son Sarraff

By The Associated Press
HAVANA — When convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo failed to call home from prison, his parents went to the jail to see if their son ...

Russia acts to stanch ruble’s plummet

By The Washington Post
MOSCOW — Russian authorities took strong action to stabilize the country’s currency on Wednesday, a day after the worst swings since Russia’s 1998 financial wipeout threatened the stability that has been the backbone of President Vladimir Putin’s 15 years in ...

Kurdish Iraqi forces battle ISIS to try to clear way to Syrian border

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — Kurdish Iraqi forces began a major operation Wednesday to retake the militant-held town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, part of a push to secure the road that leads directly to the Syrian border. Peshmerga forces, backed by U.S.-led coalition ...

Female bishop a first for Church of England

By Reuters
STOCKPORT, England — The Church of England appointed its first female bishop on Wednesday, overturning centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply ...

Grief in Pakistan over school rampage turns to anger toward military

By The Los Angeles Times
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Children’s shoes and books were bathed in blood. The classroom walls were pocked with bullet holes. Near the administration building lay the remains of one of the suicide bombers who turned the elite school into a scene ...

Bad day for Israel: U.N. criticizes West Bank settlements; Hamas off EU terror list

By The Associated Press
BRUSSELS — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal. In Geneva, the international community delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel’s settlement ...

U.S., Cuba patching torn relations with historic accord

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift ...

Hope for better days in Pakistan shattered in school attack

By Ishtiaq Ahmed
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The killing of 132 students Tuesday at a school run by the Pakistani military sent a wave of shock, despair and anger ...

2 decades on, Serbs held in Muslim deaths

By Reuters
SARAJEVO — Fifteen former Serb paramilitaries and soldiers have been arrested in Serbia and Bosnia for the 1993 slayings of 20 people, mainly Muslims, seized, tortured and executed as Yugoslavia fell apart in war. In one of the most notorious episodes ...

Israel arrests 10 from anti-Arab group on suspicion of calls for ‘violent activity and terror’

By The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Israeli police on Tuesday arrested 10 Jewish activists from an extremist group opposed to Arab-Jewish coexistence, including its leader, in the first major clampdown against a fringe organization that has become a symbol of rising anti-Arab sentiment. Police said ...