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Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government....

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....

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....

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war....

Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country's first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan - part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren....

Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children
SYDNEY (AP) -- An Australian woman was arrested for murder in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home....

Little-known book by pope outlines views, hopes for Cuba
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio - now Pope Francis - provides new insight into his views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. trade embargo that helped inform his behind-the-scenes role in helping bring about the historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations....

Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown
CAIRO (AP) -- Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks....

Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies
LONDON (AP) -- Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70....

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Africa
Kenya president signs controversial security law

Asia
China leader cautions against external forces

Europe
German Amazon strikes to last until Christmas Eve

Latin America/Caribbean
Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

Middle East
Egypt's gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown