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Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a key corridor so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped on a mountain can flee, said a senior Kurdish official.
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Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement

By Hannah Dreier and Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 4:21pm
Latin America is welcoming the renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States, but the rapprochement may complicate matters for Havana's chief ally, Venezuela, which has been moving in the opposite direction, becoming more stridently anti-American.
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Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce

By Libardo Cardona, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 2:31pm
Colombia's government on 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.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Moments in world sports in 2014

By Pan Pylas and Anne-Marie Belgrave, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 2:01pm
With the Winter Olympics and the World Cup, there was no shortage of memorable sporting moments in 2014.
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Canada woman stops for ducks; sentenced in 2 deaths

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 1:21pm
A Canadian woman who caused a fatal traffic accident after stopping her car to help ducks on a busy highway was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in prison and a 10-year driving ban.
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Video claims responsibility for Tunisia killings

By Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 1:21pm
A new video has surfaced with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility for the 2013 assassinations of two Tunisian politicians.
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Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria

By Haruna Umar and Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 1:21pm
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.
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Botched cyberattack on Syria group blamed on IS

By Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 12:11pm
A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal.
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India's Sonia Gandhi hospitalized for infection

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 11:51am
India's opposition Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi was hospitalized Thursday for treatment of lower respiratory tract infection, a party official said.
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UN OKs measures targeting North Korea, Iran, Syria

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 11:32am
The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday approved resolutions criticizing the human rights situations of North Korea, Iran and Syria.
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Mexican legislator rescued from kidnappers

By Alberto Arce, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 11:31am
Police in the Mexican state of Morelos have rescued a state legislator one day after he was kidnapped.
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Kenya legislators exchange blows over new security law

By Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 10:42am
Fistfights and scuffles broke out in Kenya's parliament Thursday as legislators passed a controversial security measure which the government says will help fight terrorism but which critics say are meant to silence dissent by curtailing civil liberties.
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FACT CHECK: Putin on the ruble collapse, Ukraine

By Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 10:41am
A fact-checking look at some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's statements on the ruble collapse and the Ukrainian crisis from his annual news conference Thursday:
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Yemen's parliament approves new Cabinet

By Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 10:13am
Yemen's parliament on Thursday approved a new government despite months of violence and political wrangling that has shaken the country.
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Germany arrests 3 accused of spying for Turkey

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 10:11am
German prosecutors said Thursday that they have arrested three Turkish men accused of spying on compatriots in Germany for Turkish intelligence.
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Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies

By Clarence Roy-MacAulay and Boubacar Diallo, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 10:03am
One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said.
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UN urges Syrian warring parties to stop fighting in UN zone

By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 10:01am
The U.N. Security Council on Thursday urged Syrian government forces and rebel groups to stop fighting in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel and withdraw from the area which is patrolled by U.N. peacekeepers.
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UN General Assembly OKs digital privacy resolution

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 9:21am
The U.N. General Assembly has approved a resolution demanding better digital privacy protections for people around the world, another response to Edward Snowden's revelations about U.S. government spying.
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Montenegro expected to extradite 3 men to US

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 9:21am
Montenegro has started extradition procedures for three men who have been charged by a New York court with conspiring to kill Americans and aid terrorists.
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Irish face new abortion row over brain-dead woman

By Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 9:01am
Ireland is debating its ban on abortion again as doctors keep a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support, awaiting a judge's verdict on what do to with the living fetus.
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2 more Irishmen charged in IRA home bugged by MI5

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 9:01am
Two more Irishmen have been charged with Irish Republican Army-related offenses as part of a lengthy eavesdropping operation by MI5.
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Cambodian villagers angry over HIV outbreak

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 8:51am
Cambodia's prime minister appealed Thursday to villagers in northwestern Cambodia not to lynch an unlicensed medical practitioner who they suspect caused more than 100 people to become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
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3 wounded as UN vehicle hits roadside bomb in northern Mali

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 18th - 8:41am
The U.N. force in Mali says three peacekeepers were wounded when a vehicle carrying Chadian troops hit a roadside bomb in the country's north.
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