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A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet....

Putin: West is trying to 'defang' the Russian bear
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years by diversifying away from its heavy reliance on oil and gas and voiced confidence that the plummeting ruble will soon recover....

Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
MOSCOW (AP) -- From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah....

Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal
HAVANA (AP) -- Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being....

Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, 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....

Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's government has rebuffed a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group, saying conditions demanded by the guerrillas' are unacceptable until a peace deal is reached....

11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- One of Sierra Leone's most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said....

N Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever
NEW YORK (AP) -- The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business....

Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder....

In botched cyberattack on Syria group, some see hand of IS
LONDON (AP) -- A botched cyberattack aimed at unmasking Syrian dissidents has experts worried that the Islamic State group is adding malicious software to its arsenal....

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Africa
Lawyer defends acts of Nigeria soldiers sentenced to death

Asia
Rights group decries judges' sacking in Maldives

Europe
EU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growth

Latin America/Caribbean
Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce

Middle East
Gulf stocks gain with Dubai closing 13 percent up