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Kurdistan Iraqi regional government President Massoud Barzani arrives to support Kurdish forces as they head to battle Islamic State militants, on the summit of Mount Sinjar, in the town of Sinjar, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
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Iraq’s Kurdish chief hails victories over ISIL on Mt Sinjar
MOUNT SINJAR, IRAQ // Iraqi Kurdish fighters backed by US-led coalition airstrikes pushed their way into the town of Sinjar yesterday as their leader Massoud Barzani hailed their victories over ISIL. ... (photo: AP / Zana Ahmed)
Security officers protect Beji Caid Essebsi, center left, 88, a minister and parliamentary speaker under previous presidents, as he speaks during a campaign speech in the region of Kef, north of Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, Dec.17, 2014.
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Tunisians set to vote in landmark elections
Tunisians are set to go to the polls to freely elect their president for the first time in the country's history, rounding off an at times bumpy four-year transition from dictatorship. | The runoff on... (photo: AP / Ilyess Osmane)
File - Russian President Vladimir Putin greets the crowd during a visit to Sevastapol celebrating Victory Day and the 70th anniversary of Sevastopols liberation, 9 May, 2014.  The Guardian 
Russia: Why oil crash could threaten Vladimir Putin with a palace coup
With a growing economic crisis and less money to share among the oligarchs, there is talk of splits in the Kremlin elite that could undermine the president’s power | ■ How other oil exporting coun... (photo: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office)
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Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks during celebrations marking Cubas Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012.  Boston Herald 
Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system
HAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do... (photo: AP / Ramon Espinosa)
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Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks during celebrations marking Cubas Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Boston Herald
Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system
HAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cu... (photo: AP / Ramon Espinosa)
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File - Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta gestures to the crowd after his inauguration in Kasarani, near Nairobi in Kenya Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Philadelphia Daily News
Kenya to US: Our terror laws are better than yours
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - An official in Kenya is criticizing the United States for raising concerns about a new Kenyan law aimed at fighting terrorism. | President Uhuru Ken... (photo: AP / Ben Curtis)
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Police patrol near a house where eight children have been found dead in a Cairns suburb in far north Queensland, Australia, Friday Dec 19, 2014 Kashmir Observer
Mother arrested for murder of 8 children
CAIRNS: Australian police said Saturday they had arrested the mother of all but one of eight children reportedly stabbed to death in the northern city of Cairns, as vigil... (photo: AP / Graeme Bint)
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Members of a family under a 21 day quarantine, at the entrance of their courtyard, in Susan Bay's area of Freetown, Sierra Leone, following the death of a member of the household from Ebola, 14 December, 2014. National Public Radio
U.N. Reports More Than 7,000 Ebola Deaths Since March
12:58 PM ET | Scott Neuman | Twitter | i i | Health workers rest outside a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in the town of Koidu, Kono district in Eastern Sierra L... (photo: UN / Martine Perret)
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Pakistan's security officials and investigator gather near an army truck damaged by suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, March 12, 2010 Boston Herald
US drone strike in Pakistan kills 5 militants
ISLAMABAD — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials... (photo: AP / K.M. Chaudary)
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Palestinians hold their national and the Egyptian flag during a rally in front of the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on June 16, 2011, demanding it to be open permanently and without restrictions or conditions on the passengers. ( Photo By Ahmed Deeb/wn) Khaleej Times
Egypt to reopen Gaza crossing tomorrow
The Rafah crossing will be reopened on Sunday and Monday to allow those stranded on the Egyptian side to go to Gaza. | Egypt is to reopen the Rafah border crossing with G... (photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb)
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N Korea offers assistance to US into Sony cyber attack
North Korea on Saturday called for a joint investigation with the United States into a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures, claiming it had means to prove Pyongyang h... (photo: AP / Ahn Young-joon)
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, a banner for "The Interview" is posted outside Arclight Cinemas in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Sony Corp.s miseries with its television and smartphone businesses were bad enough. Philadelphia Daily News
N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. | U.S. officials blame... (photo: AP / Damian Dovarganes, File)
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Pakistani police officers stand guard outside radical Red Mosque as supporters of Pakistani religious party Ahle Sunnat Wal-Jammat express solidarity with families of the students killed in Tuesday's attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, during a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The Independent
Peshawar school attack aftermath: First 'terrorists' hung as Pakistan resumes executions
Pakistan hanged two convicted “terrorists” last night after lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of the deadly Taliban attack on a school. | More tha... (photo: AP / B.K. Bangash)
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Palestinians take part in a rally in solidarity with al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem organised by Palestinian security forces, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. The Japan News
Israel hits Hamas site in Gaza with fresh airstrikea
The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since ... (photo: WN / Ahmed Deeb)
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Apple CEO Tim Cook talk about iTouch, iPhone and iPad during announcement at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. The Siasat Daily
Tim Cook makes 'substantial' donation to help gay rights in Alabama
London,, December 20: | Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook has made a "substantial" donation to a gay rights effort in his native Alabama and two other southern U.S. stat... (photo: AP / Paul Sakuma)
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File - From left, Rupert Murdoch and wife Wendi Deng Murdoch arrive at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Viewing and After Party on Sunday, Feb. 24 2013 at the Sunset Plaza Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. The Siasat Daily
Tony Blair says he will 'never' comment on relationship with Wendi Deng
London,, December 20: | Tony Blair has revealed that he will "never" talk about the true nature of his relationship with Rupert Murdoch's former wife, Wendi Deng. | Accor... (photo: AP / Jordan Strauss/Invision)
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Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks during celebrations marking Cubas Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012.
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A young Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of a home destroyed during the 50-day conflict between Hamas militants and Israel in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on October 12, 2014.
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Atletico de Kolkata captain Luis Garcia and coach Lopez Habas carry the 1st ISL trophy with other players and official arrived at NSCB Airport in Kolkata on Dec 21, 2014
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Security officers protect Beji Caid Essebsi, center left, 88, a minister and parliamentary speaker under previous presidents, as he speaks during a campaign speech in the region of Kef, north of Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, Dec.17, 2014.
Tunisians set to vote in landmark elections
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Colombian soldiers stand in formation at the Military Fort in La Macarena, Colombia, Friday, Sept. 24, 2010. Colombia's military killed Jorge Briceno, also known as Mono Jojoy, the field marshal and No. 2 commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in bombing raids and combat targeting a major encampment at the edge of the country's eastern plains, in the hills near La Macarena.
Colombia Farc rebels kill five soldiers before truce
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Security officers protect Beji Caid Essebsi, center left, 88, a minister and parliamentary speaker under previous presidents, as he speaks during a campaign speech in the region of Kef, north of Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, Dec.17, 2014.
Tunisians set to vote in landmark elections
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Emergency personnel wheel an injured hostage to an ambulance during a cafe siege in the central business district of Sydney , Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.
Gunman, 2 hostages killed as cops storm Sydney cafe to end 16-hour siege
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Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks during celebrations marking Cubas Revolution Day in Guantanamo, Cuba, Thursday, July 26, 2012.
Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system
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