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Felice Gorordo (L) and Raul Moas walk along a street in Miami Beach, Florida, December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Javier Galeano

Analysis - Young Cuban-American groups emerge as Obama allies

22 December 2014

MIAMI (Reuters) - For a handful of Cuban-Americans, President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy wasn't much of a shocker.

Beji Caid Essebsi (C), leader of Tunisia's secular Nidaa Tounes party and a presidential candidate, gestures after casting his vote at a polling station in Tunis December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Anis Mili

Essebsi declares win in Tunisia election, rival contests

22 December 2014

TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential run-off vote, seen as the last step in Tunisia's shift to full democracy four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

Obama expresses condolences to N.Y. police commissioner after shootings

22 December 2014

HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama called New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton on Sunday to express his condolences for the Saturday killing of two New York police officers and to offer any needed assistance, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

South African President Jacob Zuma delivers a speech at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Year of South Africa in China at Tianqiao Theater in Beijing, December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee

South Africa's Zuma says in 'perfect' health after post-election fatigue

22 December 2014

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma said he was in "perfect" condition after recovering from a bout of fatigue that left him hospitalised in June, playing down reports of health problems.

Policemen are pictured at the scene of a shooting where two New York Police officers were shot dead in the Brooklyn borough of New York, December 20, 2014.           REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Police officers' slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

22 December 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his time in office on Sunday following the fatal shooting of two police officers, in an attack intended as retribution for recent U.S. police killings of unarmed black men.

Jordan hangs 11 after eight-year death penalty freeze

22 December 2014

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan executed 11 citizens on Sunday, ending an eight-year moratorium on capital punishment, judicial sources said.

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

22 December 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiralling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.

Health minister named as Haiti's new interim prime minister

22 December 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haitian Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume was named interim prime minister on Sunday to replace Laurent Lamothe, who resigned a week ago following several weeks of protests.

Libya's official government targets rival forces trying to seize ports

22 December 2014

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Military planes loyal to Libya's recognised government attacked on Sunday an opposing force that is seeking to seize the country's two biggest oil ports, officials said.

A customer checks loaves of bread at a bakery in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Analysis - Economic issues whip up Israelis in chocolate pudding election

22 December 2014

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's high cost of living is set to dominate a March 17 election that could shake up Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, with voter anger symbolised by an overpriced dessert.

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