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Marine Le Pen, (center) leader of France's far-right National Front party, waves to the audience in November in Lyon. She has visited Russia on several occasions and a Russian bank recently lent her party $11 million.
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 02:31

Despite tensions between Russia and the West, Moscow is forging links with far-right, anti-EU parties in Europe. They're attracted to the traditional social values of Vladimir Putin's Russia's.

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 00:59

Stacey Addison of Portland was arrested in September after crossing from Indonesia into East Timor. She shared a taxi with a stranger who had picked up a package that police say contained drugs.

A lone mosque that survived devastating tidal waves sits amid the ruins of the village of Lhoknga, outside the provincial capital Banda Aceh, on Jan. 3, 2005. The mosque became a symbol of the tsunami's destruction.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 23:06

On Dec. 26, 2004, a massive earthquake in the ocean east of the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered waves that killed 230,000 people in 11 countries.

Patrons queue up to see "The Interview" Thursday at the the Cinefamily at Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 22:24

The North-Korea-infuriating comedy received a limited release on Christmas, mostly in independent theaters, after hacker-threatened Sony Pictures first pulled the film then made it available.

African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), African Union soldiers march along the top of a hill overlooking the al-Shabab stronghold of Barawe, a coastal town 135 miles southwest of Mogadishu, in Somalia, in October.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 16:57

Eight gunmen fired on the African Union's main based in Somalia, killing three soldiers and a civilian contractor.

An illustration depicts Jesus Christ transforming water into wine during the wedding at Cana (John 2:7).
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 15:52

The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 15:29

Sony's release of The Interview via streaming Internet services and in theaters at the same time is unprecedented for a major studio film and raises questions about the economics of future releases.

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 15:29

An aspiring writer who has fled the civil war is now adjusting to life in Sweden. She longs for home, but for now receives the assistance she needs — housing, language courses, transportation.

A New York Stock Exchange trader works on the floor on Dec. 17. Stocks rose nearly 300 points after the Federal Reserve announced it plans to begin raising interest rates next year.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 15:29

Early in 2014, the economy was floored by the polar vortex — plus, businesses and consumers were dazed by a government shutdown and debt limit fight. But it rebounded, and analysts are optimistic.

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 15:29

For centuries, British families have celebrated the Christmas season by attending "pantomimes," silly musical comedies of stories such as Aladdin and Cinderella. The tradition is alive and well today.

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 15:29

The South American nation is home to the world's largest oil reserves and earns most of its foreign reserves from oil. It faced a deep economic crisis even before petroleum prices began their plunge.

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 15:29

Prices at the pump have dipped below $2 a gallon in some parts of the country this month, with average prices more than one-third lower than this summer. Analysts say that trend is likely to continue.

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 15:29

Some firms are helping their legal immigrant employees by bringing citizenship workshops and legal assistance to the jobsite. About 100 companies in seven cities are participating in the program.

Michele Vaccaro buries a fig tree in the yard of Mary Menniti in Sewickley, Pa.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 15:29

For generations, Italian-American fig growers in the Northeast have buried their trees in trenches for the winter. It's a tradition that preserves both flavor and ancestral ties to southern Italy.

Florence Allen Jones, right, is part of the education ministry's classes-by-radio team.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 15:29

1.5 million children are out of school in Liberia. It's possible kids may not return to class until spring.

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