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3:38 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

US-Cuba thaw is bad news from American fugitives in Cuba

FBI wanted poster from 1983 

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For years, Cuba's Castros have provided a tropical hideaway for some of America's Most Wanted.

For this rogue's gallery of cop killers and bank robbers, an easing in relations between Washington and Havana is none too pleasing. The list of fugitives includes the first woman on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list, who carries a $1 million bounty on her head.

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3:34 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

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

All too often, war violently intersects with the lives of average people. In Syria, sadly, those people are often children.

This summer, two best friends, we'll call them Mohammed and Omar, were exploring outside — as 9-year-olds anywhere are wont to do — in their Syrian hometown of Daraa. They stumbled upon an electronic device and began to play with it. That device turned out to be unexploded ordnance — which didn't stay unexploded for long. The two boys were critically wounded — Mohammed lost both his legs and his left hand and Omar had severe abdominal and leg injuries.

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3:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

How ISIS uses catchy, violent tunes for propaganda

ISIS, the militant group that also calls itself the Islamic State, often grabs the attention of the world with shocking videos of beheadings. But it also relies on pro-jihadi songs — called "nasheeds" in Arabic — to spread its message.

"My people, dawn has arrived. Await the expected victory," goes one of the group's best-known songs. It was released at the end of last year, and it has become the soundtrack for so many of the group's videos that some even consider it their anthem.

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2:47 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Iranians are jealous of the new US-Cuba thaw

Church bells in Havana rang out after the news of renewed ties between the US and Cuba broke on Wednesday. But in Tehran, the rapprochement between two longtime enemies inspired something else: envy.

"I saw some sarcasm, I saw some hope, I saw some envy,'' says Negar Mortazavi, an Iranian journalist based in New York. "Also I would say disappointment and negativity, that a lot of people were saying, 'Well, this happened to Cuba, but it might not happen to Iran sometime soon."

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2:27 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

White House Says Any Response To Sony Attack Needs To Be 'Proportional'

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 3:26 pm

The White House says the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures was done with "malicious intent" and was initiated by a "sophisticated actor" but it would not say if that actor was North Korea.

Spokesman Josh Earnest says the matter is still under investigation.

"Regardless of who is found to be responsible for this, the president considers it to be a serious national security matter," Earnest says.

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