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Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire
HAVANA (AP) -- Colombia's largest rebel group announced an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire Wednesday, saying guerrillas will refrain from staging attacks so long as they aren't targeted by the U.S.-backed military.... 12/17/2014 11:11 PM

Nigerian court sentences 54 soldiers to death
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists.... 12/17/2014 11:06 PM

UN chief says US torture report should spur global action
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for an international debate on stamping out torture in the wake of the recent U.S. Senate report detailing brutal CIA interrogations of terror detainees.... 12/17/2014 11:04 PM

UN chief: US torture report must spur global action
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says a U.S. Senate report detailing brutal CIA interrogations of terror detainees should spur a global discussion on how the international community can stamp out torture.... 12/17/2014 11:03 PM

A look at 'Cuban 5' agents who were jailed in US
HAVANA (AP) -- The "Cuban Five" refers to intelligence agents whose so-called "Wasp Network" operated in Florida in the 1990s. They were arrested in 1998 and later convicted on charges including conspiracy and failing to register as foreign agents.... 12/17/2014 11:01 PM

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations
HAVANA (AP) -- Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility.... 12/17/2014 10:50 PM

Pope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history's first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy See on the front lines of diplomacy, especially for a cause it has long championed.... 12/17/2014 10:46 PM

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.... 12/17/2014 10:25 PM

Haiti president meets with opposition amid unrest
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haiti President Michel Martelly met Wednesday with opposition leaders in a bid to stabilize the politically fractious country as pressure mounted on him to appoint an interim prime minister.... 12/17/2014 9:59 PM

Congo, UN troops launch operation against rebels
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- U.N. peacekeepers and the Congolese army have launched an operation against rebels in the country's east blamed for a series of attacks in recent months.... 12/17/2014 9:49 PM

Pope adds 2nd victim to sex abuse commission
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has added a second survivor of priestly sex abuse to his commission of experts advising the Vatican on child protection policies, tapping a self-described "thorn in the side of the church" who has criticized the church's response to the scandal.... 12/17/2014 9:29 PM

Death toll in clash in western Mexico rises to 11
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican official says the death toll from a clash between two rural police groups has risen to 11.... 12/17/2014 9:18 PM

UN chief heading to West Africa to see response to Ebola
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday he's heading to West Africa to demonstrate the U.N.'s solidarity with the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak and to see for himself how the world is responding.... 12/17/2014 8:49 PM

Canadian chain postpones `The Interview' showings
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's dominant theater chain has postponed its planning showings of the film "The Interview."... 12/17/2014 8:46 PM

APNewsBreak: Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor
GENEVA (AP) -- The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.... 12/17/2014 8:36 PM

Crucial Greek presidential vote fails in 1st round
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's Parliament failed to elect a new president for the financially struggling country in the first round of voting Wednesday, leaving another two tries before the government falls and early elections are called.... 12/17/2014 8:29 PM

Unicef needs more cash for Central African kids
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The U.N. Children's Fund says shortfalls in funding and violence have prevented it from delivering critical services to thousands of children in Central African Republic.... 12/17/2014 8:07 PM

Irked Italy: marine too ill to return to India
ROME (AP) -- Diplomatic tensions between Italy and India are rising after Italy said a marine who suffered a stroke while detained in India for a 2012 shooting death was too ill to be sent back there.... 12/17/2014 8:06 PM

AP Exclusive: Sydney hostage planned daring escape
SYDNEY (AP) -- The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead.... 12/17/2014 8:05 PM

Kenya urged to respect human rights
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Nine Western governments have welcomed proposed changes to Kenya's security laws, but said that they should respect human rights.... 12/17/2014 8:05 PM