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  • Analysis: 53 years on, time right for US, Cuba Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:21 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments. The surprise moves come as President Barack Obama is turning his attention to legacy issues, and Raul Castro is trying to boost his nation's economic fortunes in the face of stalled reforms and falling oil prices that have hit...

  • Cheap oil doesn't apply to the US military Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:01 AM ET
    U.S. soldiers with military vehicles during a training mission in the Laghman province of Afghanistan, December 15, 2014.

    The military pays far more than civilians because of operations and safety and transport.

  • US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations— a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement in Washington— seconded by Cuban President Raul...

  • Sony Pictures cancels Dec. 25 release of 'The Interview' Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    DOVER, Del.— NASCAR's Kurt Busch says he told ex-girlfriend to leave the night she claims she was assaulted.

  • NYC premiere of Rogen film canceled as threats fly Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    The New York premiere of "The Interview" canceled. The Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group, dubbed GOP. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- A decision by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to set aside a terrorism insurance bill until 2015 has killed, for now, a provision requiring that one seat on the Federal Reserve's board be dedicated to a person with community banking experience. Congress moved a step closer last week to mandating a seat on the central bank's seven-person board be given...

  • Republican senator blocks terrorism insurance measure Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 9:09 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Republican senator Tuesday blocked a bill that would have renewed a government program credited with reviving the market for insurance against terrorist strikes after the Sept. 11 attacks. Tom Coburn, who is retiring this year, dimmed chances for any action in the waning hours of the lame-duck session of Congress. It provides a government...

  • TSA chief: Travelers from some nations targeted Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Transportation Security Administration needed an exemption from new Obama administration rules restricting racial profiling by the government so the TSA could target travelers for extra scrutiny based on their nationality and gender, the head of the agency said Tuesday. The TSA more closely scrutinizes travelers from Syria, Yemen and...

  • The Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group, dubbed GOP. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security. Carmike Cinemas, which operates 247 theaters across the...

  • Pakistani security officials in Peshawar, Pakistan during February 2014

    At least 130 people, most of them children, were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

  • Court settles California undersea border dispute Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:58 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the Pacific Ocean to settle a long-running dispute Monday over where California ends and federal offshore lands begin. Both sides have been trying to reach agreement since the mid-50s after Congress passed the Submerged Lands Act. "It's a huge achievement after all this time," said Sheri Pemberton of the California...

  • Sydney won't be defeated by tragic event  Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 AM ET

    Sydney's Lord Major, Clover Moore says Australia will not be defeated by this hostage event. CNBC's Matt Taylor reports more on how Australia's public has coped.

  • As Ukraine truce holds, Russia vows economic pain Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    KIEV, Ukraine— Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces has ground almost to halt. That should be good news for Ukraine, but Russia looks intent to pile on the economic misery. In a detailed op-ed piece Monday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev painted a grim forecast of Russian economic blockades ahead...

  • 'Dragon Age' tops AP critics' best games of 2014 Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    The top 10 video games of 2014, according to Lou Kesten:. 1. "Dragon Age: Inquisition": BioWare's overstuffed role-playing epic has everything you could want in a fantasy saga: war, magic, exploration, romance and, yes, dragons. 2. "Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft": Blizzard Entertainment, masters of massively multiplayer online worlds, scaled down with this delightful...

  • Libyan oil terminals forced to close  Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:25 AM ET

    Two of Libya's key oil terminals have been closed after clashes broke out, disrupting the country's crude export capacity. CNBC's Hadley Gamble reports.

  • Discussing the unfolding events of the Sydney hostage situation, Benjamin MacQueen, senior lecturer of Politics and International Relations at Monash University, discusses whether the Australian government could have predicted this event.

  • New South Wales (NSW) police commissioner, Andrew Scipione told a news conference that the force was continuing to investigate not speculate, and "we're doing all we can" to solve this current hostage situation in Sydney.

  • The bill approves a Pentagon base budget of $496 billion, in line with Obama's request, plus nearly $64 billion for conflicts abroad including the war in Afghanistan. The measure increases co-pays on most prescription drugs by $3, reduces the military housing allowance by 1 percentage point and remains silent on military pay hikes, thus allowing the Pentagon...

  • Higher prices, shortages create pressure for IS Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:24 PM ET

    BAGHDAD— Saadi Abdul-Rahman was recently forced to pull his three children out of school in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where Islamic State militants have ruled with an iron fist since June. "The situation in Mosul is miserable." The economy in the self-styled "caliphate" declared by the Islamic State group bridging Iraq and Syria is starting to show signs of strain.

  • Senate OKs defense policy bill Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate is on track to approve a massive defense policy bill that endorses President Barack Obama's stepped-up military campaign of air strikes and training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels in the war against Islamic State militants. Tom Coburn, R- Okla., and several other GOP senators. Once passed, the Senate would send the $585 billion...