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Gross released

American Hostage Alan Gross Released by Cuba, Paving the Way for Easing of U.S. Sanctions

American contractor Alan Gross landed on U.S. soil Wednesday, hours after he was released by Cuba in a gesture that signals the beginning of new U.S.-Cuban relationships.


Two Hostages, Islamist Gunman Dead After Australian Police Storm Sydney Cafe

Police stormed the Lindt Cafe on Sydney's commercial center early Tuesday, and killed the Islamist gunman who had held at least 17 hostages for almost 17 hours. Unfortunately, two of the hostages also reportedly died in the siege.

HK Deadline

Hong Kong Police Warn Occupy Central Protesters to Leave Sites by Thursday Morning

Protesters belonging to the Hong Kong Occupy Central movement have been warned they have only until Thursday morning to pack their belongings and vacate roads and public areas they have been occupying for more than ten weeks.

Bus bombed

Extortionists Believed Behind Philippine Bus Bombing that Killed 9

Philippine authorities believe extortionists could be behind another bombing attack on a bus that killed nine people, including some college students, in Bukidnon province in the island of Mindanao, the Philippines Tuesday night.

No To Smoking

Bill Gates Appears in Cameo Role in Chinese 'No To Passive Smoking' Video

Microsoft founder Bill Gates appears in a cameo role in a Chinese anti-smoking video, part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation campaign against passive smoking on social media.


Taliban Attacks Kabul Diplomatic District Hours After Ambush on British Embassy Vehicle

One Nepalese guard was wounded when Taliban militants attacked a guest house for foreigners in Kabul, Afghanistan Thursday night. The attack happened just hours after a British Embassy vehicle was ambushed, killing one British citizen and five other people.

Board Up

President Obama Calls for Calm as Ferguson, Mo. Awaits Grand Jury Decision

U.S. President Obama is calling for calm ahead of the grand jury decision on Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson, Missouri, arguing that race relations have had significant improvements over the last ten years.

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Grosses US$123 million Opening

Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" posted the top opening of the year among new films in the United States, blasting past "Transformers: Age of Extinction," and grossing US$123 million from 4,151 locations.

New Airstrip

U.S. Protests New Airstrip Construction Work on Disputed Reef in South China Sea

The U.S. has protested China's new construction project that involves building an airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef in a disputed area of the South China Sea.

Break In

Occupy Central Founders Now Urge Retreat for Pro-Democracy Protesters

Founders of the Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong are now urging protesters to abandon their occupation of major roads in the city, as the demonstrations entered their eight week.


After Snowstorms and Road Closures, Flooding Threatens New York State Residents; Death Toll now at 13

The death toll in three days of heavy snowstorms in parts of New York has now reached 13, mostly from heart attacks and exposure and most of them elderly.


Indian Man Quarantined After Authorities Find Ebola Virus in Semen

Health authorities in India decided to put a 26-year-old Ebola survivor under quarantine, after finding his semen positive for the virus.

Tassie Devil

Australian Prime Minister Abbot Confuses China with Tasmania as He Toasts President Xi Jinping

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott added one more to his growing collection of gaffes in public speaking, when he confused Tasmania and China - right in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Synagogue Attack

Palestinians Celebrate Attack on Jerusalem Synagogue that Killed 4, Including 3 Americans

Palestinians celebrated the brutal murder of four worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday, with revellers in the city of Rafah in Gaza handing out candies and carrying posters of the suspects. Hamas social media also circulated anti-Semitic cartoons praising the killers.


Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency in Ferguson, National Guard to Deploy Ahead of Grand Jury Decision on Michael Brown Killing

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is activating the state's National Guard ahead of demonstrations that are being planned as the federal grand jury prepares to hand out a decision on whether or not to indict a white police officer for the killing of black teenager Michael Brown in August.

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