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Aussie leader: System failed to track siege gunman

People lay flowers to pay respect to the shooting victims at a makeshift memorial at Martin Place in Sydney’s Martin Place, Sydney Australia. Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014. Three people including a lone gunman who took siege in a Sydney CBD cafe are dead after a police action ended...

Rights group says discrimination rising in Hungary

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Europe’s leading human rights organization says that discrimination against Gypsies, Jews, gays and other minorities in Hungary is getting worse and is urging authorities to fight racist violence and take other steps to protect the...
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Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

Hospital security guards carry a students injured in the shootout at a school under attacked by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan,Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern Pakistani city, killing and wounding dozens, officials said,...
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Vatican offers olive branch to US nuns

Sister Sharon Holland reacts during a press conference at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The Vatican went out of its way Tuesday to mend fences with American religious sisters, thanking them for their selfless work caring for the poor, gently suggesting ways to survive amid...
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American pops question at Eiffel Tower ice-rink

US couple Jon McAchran, centre right, places an engagement ring on his girlfriend Ashley Marie Kimberl, on the ice rink set 57 meters (188 feet) above the ground on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014. Real estate agent McAchran, 32, of Virginia Beach, Virginia,...

Cuba’s Silvio Rodriguez defends son, other rappers

HAVANA (AP) — One of Cuba’s most famous musicians is telling the U.S. Agency for International Development to “go to hell” for pulling his son and other island-based rappers into a scheme aimed at sparking a youth uprising against the Communist...
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Ruble collapse shakes Russian economy, consumers

Signs advertising currencies light next to the exchange office in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. After a massive overnight rate hike by Russia’s Central Bank, the ruble staged a two-hour rally Tuesday morning before rolling back to new historic lows. The surprise...
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Aussie leader: System failed to track siege gunman

People lay flowers to pay respect to the shooting victims at a makeshift memorial at Martin Place in Sydney’s Martin Place, Sydney Australia. Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014. Three people including a lone gunman who took siege in a Sydney CBD cafe are dead after a police action ended...
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141 _ mostly children _ killed in Pakistan attack

Hospital security guards carry a students injured in the shootout at a school under attacked by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan,Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern Pakistani city, killing and wounding dozens, officials said,...

Cuba’s Silvio Rodriguez to USAID: ‘go to hell’

HAVANA (AP) — One of Cuba’s most famous musicians is telling the U.S. Agency for International Development to “go to hell” for pulling his son and other island-based rappers without their knowledge into a scheme aimed at sparking a youth uprising against...