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Deadly rocket strike...Curfew lifted for a night...Israel says Palestinian move will backfire

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 31, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.



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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities say at least 26 people have been killed after a rocket struck a house where people were attending a wedding party. The rocket had been fired amid fighting nearby between Taliban insurgents and Afghan soldiers. The deaths came on the last day of the 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan by the U.S. and its allies.

BAGHDAD (AP) — An overnight curfew has been in effect in Baghdad for more than a decade -- but authorities ordered it to be lifted for one night, so the city's residents could stay out late and celebrate the New Year. Traffic was unusually heavy starting shortly after sunset and authorities closed commercial streets to vehicles in the city's center as a precaution against possible suicide bombings by militants of the Islamic State terror group.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians are looking to turn up the heat on Israel -- but it's a move that the Israelis say will backfire. Palestinian leaders announced today that they are joining the International Criminal Court, so that they can pursue war-crimes charges against Israel. But Israel's prime minister says it's the Palestinians who could end up facing those charges.

HAVANA (AP) — Supporters of Cuban artist Tania Bruguera say she's been released, a day after she was detained on charges of disturbing public order. She had tried to organize a protest performance that included an open microphone for people to air their political views. Dissidents say Cuban officials detained dozens of members of the political opposition yesterday, hours ahead of the performance -- which had been seen as a test of Cuba's tolerance for dissent. The crackdown was condemned by the United States, which recently announced a move toward full diplomatic ties with Cuba.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More people are going to be able to watch "The Interview" at home. Sony Pictures Entertainment says it's expanding the availability of the movie to top cable, satellite and telecom services starting today, and increasing through the weekend. The comedy about an assassination attempt on the leader of North Korea was first offered online a day before it hit theaters on Christmas. A wider release in theaters that had been planned for Christmas was canceled in the aftermath of a hacking attack and terror threats.

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