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Cuba welcomes 3 freed by US...4 Guantanamo detainees returned to Afghanistan...North Korea proposes joint probe

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 20, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.



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HAVANA (AP) — Three Cubans released from prison in the U.S. this week are getting a warm welcome home from the country's parliament. The freed prisoners received a standing ovation today as they appeared with family members before the National Assembly. Seated behind the prisoners in the audience was Elian Gonzalez, the young man who in 2000 was the subject of a bitter custody battle in Miami. Also at the assembly was President Raul Castro.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has returned four Afghans from Guantanamo Bay back to their home country. U.S. officials say the transfer from the detention center was requested by new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. The four detainees had been cleared for transfer as a kind of reconciliation and an indication of improved U.S.-Afghan relations. Eight Afghans are among the 132 detainees remaining at Guantanamo.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it can prove it's not responsible for the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, and it's proposing a joint investigation with the United States to find the real culprits. A statement from the Foreign Ministry also warns of "serious consequences" if Washington rejects the proposal. There's been no comment from U.S. officials, but analysts see it as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say 12 people have been killed today by bombs targeting commercial streets and an army patrol in and around Baghdad. One of the bombs exploded on a street southeast of the capital, killing four people and wounding nine others. A blast in a northern Baghdad suburb killed three people and wounded 11 others

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish police say two car bombs have shattered dozens of windows in a multiethnic district of Malmo, Sweden's third-largest city, Malmo. Police say no one was injured in the pre-dawn explosions in a district dominated by immigrants from Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia and Lebanon. The city in southern Sweden has been hit by a series of blasts in recent months.

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