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Dec 22, 2014

Third of Italians back anti-immigrant Northern League

More than one third of Italians — including many in the once-hostile south — are ready to vote for the anti-EU, anti-immigration Northern League, a poll showed Sunday. Matteo Salvini, the youthful leader of the right-wing regional party, confirmed his status as the rising ...

Dec 22, 2014

Florida police officer killed; suspect in custody

A Florida police officer was killed in a shooting early on Sunday and a suspect was in custody, according to a sheriff’s office and local media reports. The shooting occurred in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office ...

Dec 22, 2014

Boko Haram risks spreading in region, Guinea leader says

Guinea’s president warned Sunday that Islamic extremism risked spreading throughout West Africa and called on countries in the region to do more to help Nigeria in its struggle against Boko Haram. Alpha Conde’s comments came after the radical group kidnapped 185 people in northeast ...

Abbott drops defense minister during Cabinet reshuffle

Dec 21, 2014

Abbott drops defense minister during Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews will replace David Johnston as defense minister as he announced his first changes to the Cabinet. Josh Frydenberg becomes assistant treasurer, replacing Arthur Sinodinos, who stepped down last week. Health Minister Peter Dutton will ...

Why the U.S.-Cuba talks had to be kept secret

Dec 21, 2014

Why the U.S.-Cuba talks had to be kept secret

When reporters needled her for details of delicate Israeli-Syrian talks 15 years ago, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright replied: “Sometimes talks, like mushrooms, do better in the dark.” That homespun axiom proved true again Wednesday with the revelation that a year and a ...

Dec 21, 2014

Exile groups face choice: adapt or die

by Laura Wides-Munoz

Hours before President Barack Obama announced an end to a half-century of U.S. efforts to isolate Cuba’s communist government, the Cuban American National Foundation opened the doors to its inviting new headquarters, with a modern glass and concrete lobby in the heart of Miami’s ...

Young Cubans re-evaluate futures

Dec 21, 2014

Young Cubans re-evaluate futures

Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks exile may not be her only ...

Dec 21, 2014

Crime in New York drops

Even as New York’s police department takes heat for its tactics in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: Low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall. The numbers could be seen as ...