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Sydney - Sydney Hostage Planned Daring Escape

December 17, 2014 12:30 PM

Sydney - The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was... Read More »

Washington - Obama: Secret U.S. Prisoner Released By Cuba Was Very Significant Spy For America

December 17, 2014 12:22 PM

Washington - President Barack Obama says the U.S. spy Cuba is releasing is one of the most important intelligence agents the U.S. has ever had in... Read More »

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Washington - Marco Rubio Pledges To Block Efforts To Normalize Cuba Relations

December 17, 2014 11:49 AM

Washington - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said on Wednesday he would "make every effort" to block moves by President Barack Obama toward normalizing... Read More »

Gaza - Hamas' Deputy Chief Says It Has Patched Up Ties With Iran

December 17, 2014 11:43 AM

Gaza - Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group's... Read More »

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Washington - President Obama Speaks To Cuban President Raul Castro

December 17, 2014 11:15 AM

Washington - President Barack Obama has spoken to Cuban President Raul Castro about normalized full diplomatic relations between the longtime... Read More »

Washington - Cuba Releasing Secret US Spy In Move To Restore Relations

December 17, 2014 11:08 AM

Washington - Cuba is releasing a U.S. spy who's been imprisoned in Cuba for nearly 20 years. The release is part of the move to restore diplomatic... Read More »

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Switzerland - Geneva Conventions Invoke Rights Of Palestinians

December 17, 2014 10:59 AM

Switzerland - The international community delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel's settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying... Read More »

Washington - Senator Richard Durbin: Vatican Involved In Gross Release

December 17, 2014 10:55 AM

Washington - Negotiations for the release of ailing U.S. aid worker Alan Gross lasted for about a year, with significant involvement by the Vatican... Read More »

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Arlington, VA - Family: Gross Kept In Touch, Didn't Grow Angry In Cuba

December 17, 2014 10:44 AM

Arlington, VA - Alan Gross has called himself a "trusting fool" for going to Cuba in the first place. But family and friends described him with other... Read More »

Pyongyang - N. Korea Marks End Of Kim Jong Il Mourning Period

December 17, 2014 10:30 AM

Pyongyang, North Korea - North Korea marked the end of a three-year mourning period for the late leader Kim Jong Il on Wednesday, opening the way for... Read More »

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Washington - Obama Says That As A Black Man He's Been Mistaken For Valet

December 17, 2014 10:05 AM

Washington - He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet. "There's no black male my age... Read More »

London - Kerry In Meeting With Arab League Says U.S. Made No 'Determinations' On Palestinian Resolution

December 17, 2014 09:38 AM

London - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday the United States had made "no determinations" about any possible U.N. Security Council... Read More »

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Washington - U.S. Consumer Inflation Posts Largest Decline In Six Years

December 17, 2014 09:16 AM

Washington - Plunging gasoline costs caused U.S. consumer prices to drop in November, muting inflation across the entire economy. The Labor... Read More »

Last updated: December 17, 2014 09:19 AM Havana - U.S. Official: Cuba Releases Jewish American Businessman Alan Gross

December 17, 2014 08:58 AM

Havana - American Alan Gross has been released from a Cuban prison after five years, as part of an agreement that also... Read More »

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London - Oil Falls Below $59 As OPEC, Russia Keep Pumping

December 17, 2014 08:50 AM

London - Brent crude oil fell below $59 a barrel on Wednesday, near 5-1/2-year lows, as major oil producers signaled that they would maintain output... Read More »

Islamabad - After Pakistan School Massacre, Watch For The Gloves To Come Off

December 17, 2014 08:45 AM

Islamabad - The massacre of more than 130 Pakistani school children by Taliban gunmen was a chilling reminder of Hillary Clinton's warning to... Read More »

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Paris - France: 5 Terror Attacks Thwarted, Networks Broken

December 17, 2014 08:30 AM

Paris - France has thwarted five terror attacks and dismantled 13 networks linked to extremists in Syria but the number of young people leaving to... Read More »

Lebanon - Hezbollah Says Mossad Infiltrated Spy Was In Charge Of Leader Nasrallah's Security

December 17, 2014 08:08 AM

Lebanon – The reported Israeli spy who infiltrated Hezbollah and frustrated attacks against Israel was responsible for the personal security of the... Read More »

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Last updated: December 17, 2014 09:26 AM Brussels - Israeli PM Slams EU Taking Hamas Off Terror List

December 17, 2014 07:49 AM

Brussels - Israel's prime minister is slamming the European Union for removing Hamas from its terrorist list. Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday... Read More »

West Bank - Under Abbas, Majority Say They Can't Speak Freely

December 17, 2014 07:33 AM

West Bank - Two-thirds of Palestinians say they are afraid to criticize Mahmoud Abbas, according to a poll, and some of the Palestinian president's... Read More »

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Sydney - Aussie Leader: System Failed To Track Siege Gunman

December 16, 2014 11:53 PM

Sydney - Australia's prime minister acknowledged Wednesday that the nation's security system failed to keep track of a gunman responsible for a... Read More »

New York, NY - Number Of Subway Trains Running Late Is Up

December 16, 2014 11:26 PM

New York, NY - About 25 percent of all subway trains are at least five minutes late. That's according to new statistics from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. About a quarter of all trains arrived at the end of the line at least five minutes late between... Read More »

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Sydney - Australian Police Says They Requsted From Courts To Deny Bail For Siege Gunman

December 16, 2014 11:00 PM

Sydney - The commissioner of police in Australia's New South Wales state, Andrew Scipione, said on Wednesday he was concerned that the man who took... Read More »

New York - Hillary Clinton Unveils New Partnerships To Close Gender Data Gaps

December 16, 2014 10:19 PM

New York - Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have rolled out the next phase of a program that collects data to close gender gaps in various aspects of women's lives. Through six new partnerships, the... Read More »

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Washington - Bush Announcement Makes Path To White House Tougher For Romney, Rubio

December 16, 2014 10:00 PM

Washington - Jeb Bush's move toward a 2016 presidential bid makes the path to the White House tougher for potential Republican rivals, including 2012... Read More »

Israel - Security Forces Arrest 3 Palestinians On Suspicion Of Fatally Injuring Israeli During Car Theft

December 16, 2014 09:01 PM

Israel - Security forces arrested three Palestinians from the Samaria village of Akraba on suspicion of being involved in the fatal running over an Israeli civilian on December 1. Avraham Ben Tzion, a farmer from the Jordan Valley community of Nativ Hagdud, was... Read More »

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Washington - Survey: E-cigs Surpass Regular Cigs In Teen Use

December 16, 2014 08:10 PM

Washington - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey... Read More »

Los Angeles, CA - LA Mayor Plans 7,000 Police Body Cameras In 2015

December 16, 2014 07:59 PM

Los Angeles, CA - Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday a plan to equip 7,000 officers on the Los Angeles police force with on-body cameras by next... Read More »

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Washington - Judge Declares Obama Immigration Action Unconstitutional

December 16, 2014 07:30 PM

Washington - President Barack Obama's new plan to ease the threat of deportation for 4.7 million undocumented immigrants violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge found on Tuesday, handing down the first legal ruling against the plan. The ruling has no... Read More »

New York - Ex-NY Gov. Pataki Says Seriously Mulling White House Run

December 16, 2014 07:00 PM

New York - Republican George Pataki said he is "very seriously" considering a run for president in 2016, arguing that the nation needs a chief... Read More »

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Washington - Biden Marks Start Of Hanukkah At National Menorah

December 16, 2014 06:15 PM

Washington - The smell of latkes — fresh potato pancakes — wafted over the National Mall on Tuesday as Vice President Joe Biden marked the first... Read More »

New York - T-Mobile To Let Customers Carry Over Unused Data

December 16, 2014 06:01 PM

New York - T-Mobile will now let customers carry over their unused cellular-data allotments. U.S. wireless carriers have been pushing consumers... Read More »

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