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Mystery man among 5 freed in U.S.-Cuba deal

Five men are tasting freedom for the first time in years -- including one President Barack Obama described as "one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba" -- in a historic deal between the U.S. and Cuba ...

Uber

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Uber says it will toughen background checks

Uber, under fire around the globe for how it screens drivers, said it will toughen up its background checks and take other measures to improve passenger safety.

Phillip Cardenas, the head of global safety at Uber, defended the company's safety record ...

closeup of former President Jimmy Carter

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Carter: Cuba decision 'long overdue'

Former President Jimmy Carter lauded the decision to normalize diplomatic relations with and ease sanctions imposed on Cuba, steps he said would benefit the Cuban people and not the country's autocratic rulers.

Vladimir Putin in talks

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Putin blames the West for Russia's misery

President Vladimir Putin blamed "external factors" such as oil prices and sanctions for Russia's financial crisis Thursday, but admitted he should have done more to diversify the economy.

Boko Haram refugees

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Officials: Boko Haram kidnaps 185

Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and residents said.

Kim Kardashian

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They tried to break the Internet in 2014

Thank you Kim Kardashian.

Obama movies

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Obama: 'Go to the movies'

President Barack Obama says Americans should "go to the movies" without fear, despite hackers' threats against venues that show a controversial film that Sony has now decided to pull.

Sony announced Wednesday that it won't release the film -- a comed...

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Amazon unveils one-hour delivery in New York

Amazon now has a solution for some of its customers who can't wait a few hours for delivery.

Floor of NY stock exchange man yelling

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Stocks jump on good news from Fed

The Federal Reserve is going to take its sweet time raising interest rates. And the market couldn't be happier.

Vladimir Putin Ukraine 2014

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Putin: 'We're not warmongers'

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia is ready to mediate in the Ukraine crisis, and he denied that Russians killed in Ukraine were members of his country's military.

Western powers accuse Russia of sending troops and equipment to...

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Looking back: U.S.-Cuba relations

Fidel sign Cuba

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Get up to speed on the last five decades of American foreign policy toward Cuba.

What will cost more in 2015

Money in wallet

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Prepare to pay more for chocolate, coffee, shipping and several other goods and services next year.

McDonald's dishes around the world

Tofu Shinjo McNuggets

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French fries are in short supply at McDonald's restaurants in Japan. Take a look at interesting McDonald's dishes around the world.

Americans detained abroad

Alan Gross

Alan Gross was recently released after being held by the Cuban government since 2009. Here's a look at other Americans who have been detained abroad and their fates.

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