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NYPD officers shot in Brooklyn, Dec. 20, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder is directing Justice Department officials to expedite death benefits to the families of 2 New York police officers who were fatally shot inside their patrol car - @AP

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NYPD officers shot in Brooklyn, Dec. 20, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: 'I think Mayor de Blasio is doing the best he can in a difficult situation' - @jessemckinley

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Tunisia

Editor's note: Voting in Tunisia's presidential runoff was largely pronounced free and fair, reports the Associated Press, with a participation rate of 60 percent. The election of 88-year-old former government minister Beji Caid Essebsi completes the democratic transition following events in 2011 that set off what became known as the Arab Spring. - Tricia

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Catalonia independence movement

Catalonia's High Court will open proceedings over alleged disobedience of regional President Artur Mas and other local leaders for holding Spain independence vote - @Reuters

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Tunisia

Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi swiftly claims victory in Tunisia's landmark presidential election, taking 55% of the vote - @AJENews

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Catholic Church

At annual Christmas meeting Pope Francis tells priests, bishops and cardinals who run church's central administration that careerism, scheming and greed had infected them with 'spiritual Alzheimer's' - @Reuters

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Republic of South Sudan violence

South Africa's President Zuma arrives in Uganda for continuation of South Sudan peace talks - @PresidencyZA

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Vice President Joe Biden, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discuss situation in eastern Ukraine over phone call, White House says - @WhiteHouse

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Obama 2nd term nominations

White House plans to nominate US attorney from Georgia to become 2nd-highest-ranking official in the Justice Department, according to US officials - @washingtonpost

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NYPD officers shot in Brooklyn, Dec. 20, 2014

White House says President Obama called New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to express condolences for the killing of 2 officers and to offer support - @DavidNakamura

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Tunisia presidential election 2014

Update: Exit poll says Beji Caid Essebsi, 88-year-old official from Tunisia's previous regimes, has won the nation's presidential runoff - @AP

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NYPD officers shot in Brooklyn, Dec. 20, 2014

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani blames killing of 2 NYPD officers on anti-police 'propaganda' - @HuffPostPol

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Tunisia presidential election 2014

Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi claims victory in run-off election - @Reuters

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Haiti political crisis, December 2014

Haiti's Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume has been named interim PM to replace Laurent Lamothe who resigned a week ago following several weeks of protests - @Reuters

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US-Cuba relations

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Cuba policy changes: 'If you're going to make concessions to Cuba, there has to be some reciprocal opening on their part to democracy. There was none' - @meetthepress broadcast

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Vladimir Putin

Putin is presiding over collapse of Russian currency, financial crisis and huge economic contraction, Obama says - @CNNSOTU

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Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan voters cast ballots in parliamentary elections where all 4 competing parties support President Karimov's policies - @AFP

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Tunisia presidential election 2014

Photo: A Tunisian woman casts her ballot in the capital Tunis - @ReutersAfrica

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, denies politics played a role in the kingdom's oil policy - @Reuters

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South Korea

South Korea's presidential jet will be fitted with anti-missile gear by 2016, government says - @YonhapNews

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