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AP Top International News At 4:52 p.m. EST

After 53 years, time is right for US and Cuba
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments....

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations - a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations....

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations
HAVANA (AP) -- Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility....

AP Exclusive: Sydney hostage planned daring escape
SYDNEY (AP) -- The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead....

Pakistan buries victims of school massacre
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to become a pilot. A 13-year-old wanted to become a doctor. Another kid just loved playing video games with his cousins....

Quotes from Pakistani families over school attack
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Reaction to the killings of 148 people - almost all of them students - at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan:...

Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian consumers flocked to the stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days....

Pope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history's first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy See on the front lines of diplomacy, especially for a cause it has long championed....

Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire
HAVANA (AP) -- Colombian rebels at peace talks with representatives of the Bogota government meeting in Cuba announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, which they say will hold as long as military units don't attack them....

Israel suffers sharp rebuffs from Europe
BRUSSELS (AP) -- 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....

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