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Obama's efforts to close Guantanamo Bay

Department of Defense on transfer of 4 Guantanamo detainees to Afghanistan: 'The US is grateful to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for its willingness to support ongoing US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility' - statement


Ferguson, Mo., unrest 2014

Photo: Children staging a 'die-in' protest along City Avenue in Philadelphia while adults circle around them with their hands up - @Elaijuh


Obama's efforts to close Guantanamo Bay

Pentagon: US troops sent 4 Guantanamo prisoners home to Afghanistan overnight at request of President Ashraf Ghani; census now 132 - @Reuters, @carolrosenberg


Russian ruble crisis 2014

Failing ruble has caused 16% rise in cost of rebuilding Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, which will host 2018 World Cup final, deputy mayor says - @AP

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Hartford, CT, US

Police in Hartford, Conn., confirm 2 men were shot this morning in a vehicle near Colt Park; 1 has critical injuries - @WFSBnews


Beijing, Beijing, CN

4 people killed in Beijing explosion, police say, cause being investigated - @XHNews


Ebola outbreak 2014

World Health Organization says death toll in West Africa from Ebola has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date - WHO website

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Catholic Church

Pope Francis names French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as new camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church - @Reuters

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi authorities kill 4 militants in Awamiya region, interior ministry says - @AlArabiya_Eng

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India's governing party says it does not support forced religious conversions, responding to criticisms that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party promotes a Hindu-dominant agenda not compatible with multi-faith India - @Reuters

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Pakistan school attack, Dec. 16, 2014

International forces carry out attacks in eastern Afghanistan on Pakistan border, killing 5 militants - @BBCSanjoyM

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Liverpool, England, GB

Suspect arrested after killing on Friday of off-duty police officer Neil Doyle in Liverpool, England - @BBCNews

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Sony cyberattack 2014

North Korea proposes joint investigation with US on Sony cyber attack, says it can prove no involvement in the attack - @Reuters

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North Korea

North Korea vows to boost its nuclear capabilities saying hostile US plans to invade following a recommendation by UN member states on Thursday that North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court for alleged human rights abuses - @Reuters

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5.9 magnitude earthquake reported off the coast of Japan, no tsunami warning - @USGS

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China offers $3 billion aid in loans to neighbours Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos - @Reuters

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Explosion in Shiite village in Bahrain injures 3 police officers, the country's interior ministry says - @Reuters

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Pakistan school attack, Dec. 16, 2014

Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain arrives in Peshawar in show of support after deadly Taliban attack - @JaagAlerts

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Spartanburg, SC, US

2 children unaccounted for in burning apartment in Spartanburg, SC - @foxcarolinanews

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economic indicators

European Central Bank vice president says he expects inflation rate to turn negative in coming months - @Reuters

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