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Dreams & doubts in Cuba after thaw in US ties
Friday, December 19, 2014

HAVANA -- December 19, 2014: Stunned by the sudden announcement of Cuba's rapprochement with the United States, residents of Havana yesterday oscillated between joy and skepticism as they tried figure out what it all means. "I'm still in shock, still digesting the news," said Rolando Rodriguez, a 44-year-old car washer in the capital's Vedado district. ...

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Putin promises economic recovery to worried Russia
Thursday, December 18, 2014

MOSCOW -- December 18, 2014: President Vladimir Putin today attempted to assuage fears of economic collapse and promised rapid recovery as he faced hundreds of journalists during the worst financial crisis of his rule.
 
Speaking at his annual press conference, the Russian leader said that the economic downturn will last two years at the most and he promised to support the poorest segment of the population....

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Central Java landslide has killed 86 villagers
Thursday, December 18, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- December 18, 2014: The search for victims of a landslide in the village of Jemblung in Banjarneghara district in central Java found the 86th victim today.
 
However the search had to be halted in the afternoon due to heavy rain, said Wika Hardianto of the Indonesian police.
 
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US, Cuba announce historic thaw in ties
Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON -- December 18, 2014: The United States and Cuba moved to end five decades of Cold War hostility yesterday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties in a surprise breakthrough that would also ease a crippling US trade embargo. In the wake of a prisoner exchange, President Barack Obama said Washington was ready for a new chapter in relations with communist Cuba and would re-establish its embassy in Havana, shuttered since 1961....

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Currency crisis is Putin's biggest challenge
Thursday, December 18, 2014

MOSCOW -- December 18, 2014: He crushed Chechnya's rebellion, pushed back Russia's frontiers and restored the pride of a nation humiliated by the demise of the Soviet Union.
 
But 15 years after he came to power Vladimir Putin faces his biggest challenge yet: how to manage the worst monetary crisis of his era.
 
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Security stepped up as Australia orders siege probe
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SYDNEY -- December 17, 2014: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today ordered an urgent enquiry into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance and how he obtained citizenship, as security was stepped up after a fatal cafe siege.
 
Iranian-born Man Haron Monis, 50, had a history of extremism and violence and was on bail for a string of charges, including sexual offences and abetting the murder of his ex-wife....

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Search teams find 79 victims of Jemblung landslide
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- December 17, 2014: Search teams scouring the scene of a massive landslide late Friday in Jemblung village, Banjarnegara district in central Java, have so far found 79 bodies. It is believed that another 20 villagers could have been buried by the landslide. Indonesian media quoted...

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Cambodian village reports mass HIV/AIDS infection
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PHNOM PENH -- December 16, 2014: Cambodian health authorities today said more than 80 people -- including children and the elderly -- who tested positive for HIV/AIDS in a single remote village may have been infected by contaminated needles.
 
Hundreds of panicked residents of the village in Battambang province in the country's west have flocked to a health centre for...

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Australia to probe why hostage taker was on the loose
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SYDNEY -- December 16, 2014: Australia's government pledged today to determine why an Iranian-born Islamist with a history of extremism and violence was able to play out a sick fantasy by seizing hostages in a day-long siege.
 
A giant sea of flowers was laid at a makeshift memorial near the scene in the heart of this city's financial quarter, where Muslim community leaders joined their fellow citizens in mourning the two victims of yesterday's cafe siege....

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Prison sex, drugs & bribery scandal shocks Philippines
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MANILA -- December 16, 2014: A sex, drugs and bribery scandal at the Philippines' main prison, where a raid uncovered drug lords living like kings in luxury cells with stripper bars and jacuzzis, has shocked a country inured to tales of official corruption.
 
The revelations were headline news today, a day after police commandos swooped on the infamously...

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