After Alan Gross release, Obama seeks to resume full diplomatic ties with Cuba

President Barack Obama talks with President Raúl Castro of CubaPresident Obama will launch negotiations with Cuba.



Top theater chains drop 'The Interview'



Clinton early 2016 front-runner — but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after accepting the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award during a ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)While Hillary Clinton may be the prohibitive favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the margin of American voters who would support her in a general election is razor thin.



The risks and opportunities for Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush Will 'Actively Explore the Possibility of Running for President'The Internet may be Jeb's best hope of becoming the GOP nominee.



Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016

Will Warren’s policies help her beat Clinton?Democrats are worried that they've become too focused on specific groups within their coalition and have lost focus on winning over moderate voters who care most about the economy and view government with skepticism.



'The Interview' New York premiere canceled after threat

The Interview's planned premiere in New York has been canceled, a Landmark spokesperson said Tuesday. The Sony film was scheduled to screen at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema.



Pakistan mourns as mass funerals begin

Pakistani students pray during a ceremony for the victims of Tuesday's school attack, at a school in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Pakistan mourned as the nation prepares for mass funerals Wednesday for over 140 people, most of them children, killed in the Taliban massacre in a military-run school in the country’s northwest in the deadliest and most horrific attacks in years, officials said. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)The nation begins burying the 142 victims, most of them children, of the school attack.



U.S., Cuba seek to normalize relations

Cuba releases American Alan Gross as U.S. prepares to overhaul Cuba policyThese moves represent the biggest shift in U.S. policy toward the island in decades.



Cuba releases Alan Gross after 5 years in prison
The move comes amidst reports that U.S. will try to normalize relations with Cuba.

Pakistan massacre ‘blowback’ from U.S.-backed offensive against Taliban, officials say
The Pakistani Taliban assault on a school — killing 145, including 132 children — appears to be ”blowback” from a months-long Pakistani military offensive against the terror group that was encouraged and supported by the U.S. government, Pakistani and U.S. officials said today.

Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list

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 in the early hours of the morning. (AP/Photo/Steve Christo)SYDNEY (AP) — A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.



Obama announces U.S. to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison, a U.S. official said on Wednesday amid reports of a prisoner exchange that heralds a major overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba. The U.S. official said Gross was released on humanitarian grounds. CNN reported a prisoner exchange that also included Cuba releasing a U.S. intelligence source and the United States releasing three Cuban intelligence agents. U.S. President Barack Obama was to make a statement at noon on Cuba, the White House said. ...

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