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Despite tensions between Russia and the West, Moscow is forging links with far-right, anti-EU parties in Europe. They're attracted to the traditional social values of Vladimir Putin's Russia's.
December 26, 2014
Stacey Addison of Portland was arrested in September shortly after crossing the border into East Timor. She shared a taxi with a stranger who had picked up a package that police say contained drugs.
December 26, 2014
On Dec. 26, 2004, a massive earthquake in the ocean east of the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered waves that killed 230,000 people in 11 countries.
December 25, 2014
The North-Korea-infuriating comedy received a limited release on Christmas, mostly in independent theaters, after hacker-threatened Sony Pictures first pulled the film then made it available.
December 25, 2014
Eight gunmen fired on the African Union's main based in Somalia, killing three soldiers and a civilian contractor.
December 25, 2014
Sony's release of The Interview via streaming Internet services and in theaters at the same time is unprecedented for a major studio film and raises questions about the economics of future releases.
December 25, 2014
An aspiring writer who has fled the civil war is now adjusting to life in Sweden. She longs for home, but for now receives the assistance she needs — housing, language courses, transportation.
December 25, 2014
Early in 2014, the economy was floored by the polar vortex — plus, businesses and consumers were dazed by a government shutdown and debt limit fight. But it rebounded, and analysts are optimistic.
December 25, 2014
For centuries, British families have celebrated the Christmas season by attending "pantomimes," silly musical comedies of stories such as Aladdin and Cinderella. The tradition is alive and well today.
December 25, 2014
The South American nation is home to the world's largest oil reserves and earns most of its foreign reserves from oil. It faced a deep economic crisis even before petroleum prices began their plunge.
December 25, 2014
Prices at the pump have dipped below $2 a gallon in some parts of the country this month, with average prices more than one-third lower than this summer. Analysts say that trend is likely to continue.
December 25, 2014
Some firms are helping their legal immigrant employees by bringing citizenship workshops and legal assistance to the jobsite. About 100 companies in seven cities are participating in the program.
December 25, 2014
The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.
December 25, 2014
For generations, Italian-American fig growers in the Northeast have buried their trees in trenches for the winter. It's a tradition that preserves both flavor and ancestral ties to southern Italy.
December 25, 2014
1.5 million children are out of school in Liberia. It's possible kids may not return to class until spring.
December 25, 2014
The father of 26-year-old Flight Lt. Moaz al-Kaseasbeh, urged his son's Islamic State captors to treat him well and set him free because "we are all Muslims."
December 25, 2014
Spain's monarchy decimated the Jewish population by expelling, killing or forcibly converting Jews in 1492. Now the country is offering their descendants Spanish citizenship.
December 25, 2014
The country that has been hardest-hit by the ongoing outbreak of the deadly virus, has shut down shops, markets and most travel in the north.
December 25, 2014
A few hundred gathered for a vigil and march for 18-year-old Antonio Martin, who was fatally shot by a police officer on Tuesday.
December 25, 2014
In his annual Christmas Day blessing, the pontiff condemned killing in Iraq, Syria and Pakistan and the "brutal persecution" of religious and ethnic minorities.
December 25, 2014

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