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12/17/2014 9:02 AM
Cuba releases U.S. man and a spy
WASHINGTON — President Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba today, declaring an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.

12/17/2014 12:07 PM
Man released from Cuba calls self 'trusting fool'
ARLINGTON, Va. — Alan Gross has called himself a “trusting fool” for going to Cuba in the first place. Family and friends described him with other words: gregarious and outgoing, with a talent for picking up and playing any musical instrument.

12/17/2014 12:00 AM
Parents mourn in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Peshawar is in deep mourning. There were 19 funerals in one neighborhood of Gulbahar, with the heart-wrenching wailing of women and silent weeping of men every 100 yards or so. Men scurried from funeral to funeral to help bury the children of Peshawar.

12/17/2014 8:42 AM
France says 13 jihadi networks dismantled
PARIS — France has thwarted five terror attacks and dismantled 13 networks linked to extremists in Syria but the number of young people leaving to join the fight has doubled in the past year, the country’s top security official said today.

12/17/2014 12:00 AM
Russians unloading currency
MOSCOW — Despite extraordinary efforts by the Russian central bank to defend the currency, the ruble’s value continued to slide on Tuesday, presenting President Vladimir Putin with an acute new set of political and economic challenges.

12/17/2014 7:09 AM
Pakistan massacre leaves scene of devastation
PESHAWAR, Pakistan  — The Taliban massacre that killed 148 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway today.

12/17/2014 7:02 AM
10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

12/16/2014 3:22 PM
Car bombs hit school bus in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen — A pair of car bombs in central Yemen today killed at least 25 people, nearly two-thirds of them schoolgirls whose bus was hit, Yemeni officials said.

12/16/2014 7:06 AM
Taliban attack Pakistani school
PESHAWAR, Pakistan  — Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar today, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over.

12/16/2014 8:43 AM
Russian ruble down sharply despite rate hike
MOSCOW — The Russian ruble came under intense selling pressure today, falling at one point by a catastrophic 20 percent to a new historic low despite a massive pre-dawn interest rate hike from Russia’s Central Bank. Russian officials were clearly rattled even though state television urged citizens not to panic.