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Hope and some fear in Cuba amid thaw with US

December 19, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of... more »»

 
 
 
Pakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacre

December 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters... more »»

Greek lawmaker alleges bribery attempt in presidential vote

December 19, 2014

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from a small right-wing party claimed Friday that someone he did not identify had attempted to bribe him to vote in favor of electing Greece's new president. more »»

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia

December 19, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. more »»

For US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps

December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor?

That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul... more »»

Essebsi narrow favorite to win Tunisian presidency

December 19, 2014

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — For the third time in just two months, Tunisian voters will head to the polls this weekend, this time to elect a president in a runoff vote that presents a stark choice... more »»

Pakistan: 67 militants killed after school massacre

December 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people ... more »»

In Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness

December 19, 2014

BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of... more »»

Spy's parents search for son after Cuba-US deal

December 19, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — The parents of convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo feared the worst when their son failed to call home from prison and they were told he had been taken away at daw. more »»

Brazil graft cases: Beginning of impunity's end?

December 19, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A federal investigation into a kickback scheme at Brazil's state oil company has, so far, ensnared 30 executive. more »»

8 children killed in home in northern Australia

December 19, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police sai. more »»

Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo

December 19, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — If the U.. more »»

Latin America cheers US-Cuba rapprochement

December 18, 2014

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Latin America is welcoming the renewal of ties between Cuba and the United States, but the rapprochement may complicate matters for Havana's chief ally, Venezuela, which... more »»

EU leaders agree to fund for jumpstarting growth

December 18, 2014

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday to create a strategic investment fund that could generate up to 315 billion euros ($386 billion) in private- and public-sector money to... more »»

Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile

December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor?

That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul... more »»

Colombia's government rebuffs rebel truce

December 18, 2014

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government on Thursday rebuffed a unilateral truce declared by the country's largest rebel group, saying the guerrillas' conditions are unacceptable until a... more »»

Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba

December 18, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. more »»

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. more »»

Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

December 18, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive... more »»

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria

December 18, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said... more »»

Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid

December 18, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations on a proposed U.N. more »»

 
 

Holiday on Ice December 20, 2014

The Lakemont Figure Skating Club will be performing a Holiday on Ice Show at Galactic Ice, Altoona, PA. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door or can be purchased in advance from a LFSC member. For more information about our club, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakemontFSC. more »

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