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December 18, 2014

Behind Cuba's Opening to the U.S.: Dropping Oil Prices Are Forcing an End to Venezuela's Subsidy of the Cuban Economy

Raul Castro Fidel Castro Hugo Chavez ASSOCIATED PRESS

For anyone who can still see straight, it is obvious that Venezuela won't be able to keep on subsidizing the Castro regime with 100,000 daily oil barrels. Moreover, each day it becomes likelier that there will soon be a major political overhaul in Venezuela, one that, in one way or the other, will spell an end to the island's economic salvation.

Several ISIS Leaders Have Been Killed In Iraq, U.S. Says: WSJ

Martin Dempsey
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Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen Kidnap Over 100 Women, Children

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Nigeria Sentences 54 Soldiers To Death For Not Fighting Boko Haram

Presidents, Popes And Spies: How The Cuba Deal Came Together

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Iraqi Kurds Liberate Hundreds Trapped By ISIS On Sinjar Mountain

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U.S. Weighs Response To Sony Hack Blamed On North Korea

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This Is What U.S.-Cuba Relations Looked Like In The Past 50 Years

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Israel Hit With Back-To-Back Blows

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Mother Poland Is No Pushover

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U.N. Seeks $8.4 Billion To Help Syria Refugees

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Colombia's Government Rebuffs FARC Rebel Truce

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Cameroon Army Says It Killed 116 Boko Haram Militants

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Former Pakistani President Says 'U.S. And West Are Not Trustworthy Allies'

Pervez Musharraf
BBC

Pakistani Opposition Leader Ends 126-Day Protests, Calls For Unity

Imran Khan Protests
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What You Need To Know About The 'Cuban Five'

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How Cuba's Changed Since Cold War

Over 230 Bodies Found In Mass Grave In Syria, Says Monitoring Group

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How Pope John Paul II Paved The Way For The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

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Russia Panics Ahead Of Economic Turmoil

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Currency Slides To A Historic Low.. Why Collapsing Ruble Is Significant

European Parliament Wants Palestinian State

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Sony Cancels Plans To Release 'The Interview'

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Alan Gross: 'Freedom Is Not Free'

Alan Gross
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Report Confirms Wide Fraud In Afghan Presidential Election

Afghanistan Election
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12 Numbers Show Larger Tragedy Behind Pakistan's School Attack

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Libya's Conflict Revives Front Lines From The 2011 Civil War

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These Are The Top 10 Global Threats Going Into 2015

Isis Kim
AP

Netanyahu Slams EU Court Removal Of Hamas From Terror List

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A Look Back At LGBT Milestones In The 21st Century So Far

Gay Rainbow
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This Is The Group Behind The Brutal School Attack In Pakistan

Pakistan Taliban
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Texas Plumber Unsure How Extremists In Syria Ended Up With His Truck

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Horror Over Deadly Sydney Siege Turns To Anger

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A Child Prodigy's Incredible Journey From Damascus To Carnegie Hall

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This Year's Best Longreads On World Affairs

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These Photos From Cuba Show What American Tourists Have Been Missing

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8 Quotes In Honor Of Pope Francis' 78th Birthday

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India Launches Its Heaviest Rocket

India Rocket
Twitter
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Video Uses Empty Manhattan To Call Attention To Syria's Child Refugees

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Can Mindfulness Improve Your Productivity?

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The World's Most Influential Thinkers Of 2014, According To The Internet

Top 100 Global
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Using Big Data To Find Big Brains

Cold, Cold, Cold War

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Top News Stories Of 2014 Left Us With Many Unanswered Questions

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Distant Galaxies Put On Spectacular Light Show

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Hundreds Tango At The Vatican For Pope's Flashmob Birthday Surprise

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In Tragedy, Empathy Still Dependent On Proximity

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A Day In The Life Of A Muslim Chinese Migrant Family

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Monumental Portraits Reveal Some Of Earth's Oldest Living Wonders

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Which Billionaire Gained The Most In 2014?

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New Clue Found In Search For Life On Mars

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PHOTOS: Hundreds Held Hostage At Pakistan School

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Why Does Time Move Forward, Not Backward?

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What India Searched For In 2014

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This Is What Art In The Apocalypse Will Look Like

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WATCH: Why U.S. Police Officers Keep Killing Unarmed African-American Men

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