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Cubans imprisoned in US appear before parliament
HAVANA (AP) -- Members of the Cuban parliament gave a standing ovation Saturday to three men convicted of spying in the United States who were released as part of a historic agreement to restore relations between the two long-hostile countries....

Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails....

N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack....

US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani....

Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal
HAVANA (AP) -- To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty....

Obama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has been criticized as cautious on foreign policy, but the secret negotiations on Cuba suggest a willingness for bold and risky action, if he can keep tight control and rely on a few close aides....

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift
HAVANA (AP) -- Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro....

AP WAS THERE: US breaks relations with Cuba
EDITOR'S NOTE - When the United States severed its diplomatic relationship with Cuba on Jan. 3, 1961, it kicked off a year in which CIA-funded counterrevolutionaries would try to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and after that, the withdrawal or ouster of almost all American and European media from the island, including The Associated Press' American staff....

Afghan leader's two-man government raises concerns
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- President Ashraf Ghani has promised a complete overhaul of Afghanistan's government to root out corruption and incompetence, but after three months in office, three missed deadlines and countless promises, he and his election rival-turned-deputy have yet to appoint a single Cabinet minister....

Burying the dead after Pakistan's school massacre
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- One of the gravediggers at Peshawar's largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he says....

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