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Three Remaining "Cuban Five" Return to Havana

The three members of the convicted spies known as the “Cuban Five” who remained imprisoned in the United States arrived to a heroes' welcome in Cuba on Wednesday, NBC News reported. Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero and Ramon Labanino were greeted by Cuban President Raul Castro before being reunited with families. 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents. The "Five Heroes," as they are known in Cuba, are fixtures in state media and their faces grace billboards across the island. Schoolchildren are taught their names and take part in public acts demanding their release. However the five are reviled as spies by many exiles in South Florida. Read »
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 7:53 PM

N. Korea Behind Sony Hack, U.S. Officials Say

North Korea is behind the Sony hack, U.S. officials tell NBC News. "We have found linkage to the North Korean government," a U.S. government source said. The officials said they think the hacking attack on Sony executives' emails originated outside North Korea by people acting on orders from Pyongyang. The massive security breach led to the cancellation of the planned Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," a comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Referencing the Sony hacks and threats of terrorist attacks on American moviegoers, U.S. officials said the country "can't let this go unanswered." The White House National Security Council said in a statement Wednesday that "the U.S. government is working tirelessly to bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice." Read »
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WATCH: Russian President Hosts Annual Press Conference

Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Russia's economy and the ruble would quickly recover from the current crisis, but acknowledged that the ruble could slide further because of falling oil prices and warned that spending cuts might be necessary during opening remarks in a live news conference in Moscow Thursday, NBC News reported. Putin's annual marathon question-and-answer session comes against the background of a crumbling economy and strained international relations which the Russian leader blamed on Western sanctions imposed following the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. Putin said Russia was unfairly criticized for looking after its own interests, and compared his country to the United States. "To chop Texas from Mexico is fair, but when we make decision about our territories it is unfair," he said. Putin looked mostly relaxed during the session except for one moment when a prominent anti-Putin activist and television journalist ask about the suppression of political opposition. "Why did you give her the floor?" Putin snapped at the moderator before launching into a lengthy defense of freedom of expression in Russia. Read »
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Judge Bows Out of Garner Grand Jury Document Hearing

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM

1 Afghan Officer Killed, 3 Injured in Taliban Car Bomb Attack

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"Slap in the Face": Families Balk at Cuba Swap

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM

LA’s “Pedro Pans” Feel Betrayed by Obama’s Change in Cuban Policy

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

NY to Ban Fracking; Environmentalists Cheer

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM
 

I would do it again in a minute.  

— Former Vice President Dick Cheney, defending the brutal interrogation tactics used by the CIA in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and highlighted in a report spearheaded by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Cuba-U.S. Relations: From Cold War Frost to a New Thaw

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One Killed, Several Injured as Suspected DUI Driver Plows Into Crowd

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 2:49 AM
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Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Sony Cancels Christmas Release of "The Interview"

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 5:17 PM

"Good to Be Home": Gross Freed From Cuban Prison

Alan Gross, the American contractor freed Wednesday after being jailed for five years in Cuba, said he felt "incredibly blessed" to have his freedom back. "It's good to be home," he said. Gross said the people of Cuba are not to blame for his ordeal and that he wants the U.S. and Cuba to “get beyond these mutually belligerent policies.” He said President Obama’s plan to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba “is a game changer, which I fully support.” Gross, 65, was working for USAID when detained, and his family said he was trying to expand Internet access for Cuba's small Jewish community. He was sentenced to to 15 years in prison. Gross' wife said earlier this month her husband had lost more than 100 pounds and gone mostly blind in one eye while in confinement. Pope Francis personally sent letters to Cuban President Raul Castro and Obama to secure his release, senior Obama administration officials said. Read »
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Obama: U.S. Ending Outdated Approach to Cuba

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