Like children keen to get out of school for the holidays, Europe's heads of government last night wrapped up their last European Council summit of the year a day early. That was perhaps unsurprising: compared to past summits, which have seen slugfests over everything from bail-out funds to climate policy, yesterday's was a relatively tame affair.
Washington - President Obama on Dec. 19 rejected critics who say he should not have opened American relations with Cuba because of that nation’s human rights record, saying the historic thaw would give the United States more sway with the Cuban government.
Washington - President Barack Obama said the Keystone XL pipeline - which Republican congressional leaders have said they intend to approve legislation to authorize early next year - is "not even going to be a nominal benefit to U.S. consumers."
President Barack Obama is addressing reporters at the White House on Friday afternoon, amid the FBI's announcement that it's determined North Korea is behind the massive Sony hack and Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba.
Pakistan has carried out two executions, the first since a death penalty moratorium was lifted after a deadly attack on a Peshawar school.
WASHINGTON - Following is the full text of the FBI's statement on Dec. 19 on the recent cyberattack against the Hollywood movie studio Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp.
WASHINGTON - Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference. Obama's sixth year in office was a difficult one. His faced foreign policy crises in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, lost Democratic control of the Senate and saw his approval rating plummet.
No political actor dominated the global stage in 2014 like Vladimir Putin. He meddled in Ukraine and successfully annexed Crimea, but now Putin looks like he overplayed his hand. Tough sanctions from the West and plunging oil prices have left Moscow with a scary currency crisis.
ISLAMABAD - Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said on Dec. 19, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people - most of them children - in a school massacre.
Militants have stormed a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping at least 100, a survivor has told the BBC. He said that suspected Boko Haram militants had seized young men, women and children from Gumsuri village.
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Dec. 17 ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century as he vowed to "cut loose the shackles of the past" and sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War.
The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Dec. 17.
The massacre of more than 130 Pakistani school children by Taliban gunmen was a chilling reminder of Hillary Clinton's warning to Islamabad in 2011 that "you can't keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbors".
UNICEF - Germany has awarded its "Photo of the Year" prize to two young Germans who were travelling in the Philippines. Their image addresses the subject of fatherless children of sex tourism.
SYDNEY - Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Dec. 16 morning and freed terrified hostages held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which two captives and the attacker were killed.
Google has released its annual list of the year's fastest-rising search requests. Although Google's list usually comes last each year, its rankings typically provide more telling insights into what people were thinking because the company's technology processes about two out of every three search requests made on the Internet.
Civilians from Hong Kong to Mexico, Ukraine to Burkina Faso, stood up to the establishment and demanded more accountability.
Reporters Without Borders said on Dec. 16 that at least 66 journalists were killed over the course of the year as the number of reporters' kidnappings soared in 2014.