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A Cuban who sold his beachfront home says he might regret that move

Friday, December 19, 2014

He left the island in 2007 after thinking the US and Cuba would never mend their differences. So the recent news is sweet and sour, especially after selling a home he put his life into making beautiful.

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What we can learn from Charlie Chaplin and 'The Great Dictator'

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kim Jong-un is far from the first world leader to get mocked on film. In 1940, Charlie Chaplin raised eyebrows when he released his comedy, "The Great Dictator," and the reaction to the movie could be a lesson for modern society.

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Kurdish fighters finally end the months-long siege of Mount Sinjar

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fighters from ISIS trapped thousands of people on the slopes of Mount Sinjar in August, and never left — until Friday. Kurdish forces say they have finally broken the siege with the help of Western airstrikes.

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CIA interrogators didn't just break detainees' bodies — they also attacked their souls

Friday, December 19, 2014

The record says that American interrogators frequently used the faith of Muslim detainees to abuse them. Now some Christian believers are speaking out about it.

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Now will Cuba get better Internet service?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Cuba feels like the late 1990s when it comes to Internet access. But if Havana is serious about a real upgrade, it's time to think outside the Socialist box.

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Putin abolished daylight savings time and Siberians are grumbling about 'eternal winter'

Friday, December 19, 2014

You think it's dark and cold on the shortest day of the year? Imagine what it's like in Russia — which is almost entirely above the 49th parallel that makes up the majority of the continental US' northern border — where they just got rid of daylight savings.

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Seth Rogen, 17 days ago: I hope North Korea won't screw up 'Interview' release

Friday, December 19, 2014

Just day before the Sony hack, Seth Rogen was light and funny at a Harvard preview of the "The Interview." Now Sony has shelved for the film's release, a move President Obama said that was a mistake..

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The deal between Washington and Havana has baseball fans drooling

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cuba is a goldmine for baseball talent, many fans are excited by the prospect of more Cuban players in the big leagues.

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Prostitutes want Tunisia's red light districts to get back in business

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Prostitution is legal and regulated in Tunisia, but many of its red light districts closed down after the 2011 revolution in the face of Islamist attacks. Now sex workers want to reopen them, saying they provided community, safety and badly needed income.

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How the Pope lent Washington and Havana a helping hand

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The US and Cuba supposedly negotiated in secret for more than a year to bring about a thaw between the two countries. They weren't the only ones, though: Pope Francis also helped the two longtime enemies conduct their back-channel diplomacy.

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At a refugee hospital in Jordan, kids deal with war, resilience and friendship

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In a town in Syria, two young boys were exploring outside when they found an electronic device. That device turned out to be an explosive, and they were badly wounded. Fortunately, they were quickly brought to a hospital in neighboring Jordan. But despite their dire circumstances, the two managed to persevere — while their friendship grew stronger than ever.

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The US-Cuba thaw is bad news for American fugitives

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cuba is home to several dozen American fugitives, including bank robbers, mass murderers and cop-killers. Life may change for them when relations between the US and Cuba grow warmer.

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Iranians are jealous of the new US-Cuba thaw

Thursday, December 18, 2014

If Washington can bury the hatchet with Havana after more than a half century, why can't it do the same with Tehran? That's the question that many Iranians are now asking.

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How ISIS uses catchy, violent tunes for propaganda

Thursday, December 18, 2014

From online magazines, social media accounts and sleek videos, ISIS has a powerful PR machine. And it also knows the power of a good earworm.

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In Havana, Cubans are already welcoming a new era with the US

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"There's a palpable excitement here," says author Peter Kornbluh from Havana, as word broke of US-Cuban talks to normalize relations. "This is a new dawn ... and I think everybody here has realized that almost immediately."

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Pigs' feet and roasted ginger made my traditional postpartum month off

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Chinese tradition, women who give birth are supposed to spend a month indoors with their new babies. It's not easy to follow that tradition here in the US, but one second-generation Chinese American woman in New York City did savor one part of the tradition — special foods made by her mother-in-law.

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North Korean defectors are eager to check out The Interview, but Sony decides not to release the film as planned

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is mad about it. Sony Pictures is concerned about it. But North Korean defectors are downright excited about the new Seth Rogen comedy: "The Interview."

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A survivor of Pakistan's school massacre tells how his teacher saved his life

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

As Pakistan mourns the the victims of Tuesday school massacre, one survivor says he's alive because of the incredible sacrifice of his teacher. It's just one of many stories of heroism emerging from the shootings, but Pakistan is still working through "unprecedented" grieft and anger.

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'My life in a nutshell is thoughts about sex every 9 seconds and being depressed every 12 seconds'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Latvian animator Signe Baumane has battled depression for most of her life — a battle that was made even more difficult by the oppressive culture of the Soviet Union. But when she discovered her depression had hereditary roots, she decided to make a film about the illness, one that's surreal, dark and funny all at once.

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Two years after New Delhi's brutal gang rape, many say not enough has changed

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It’s been two years since a young female student was gang raped on a bus in India, later dying from her injuries. The attack outraged people across the country and sparked a nationwide conversation about the prevalence of sexual violence against women. But has enough changed?

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