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11 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world Alleged Israeli agent said to have thwarted Hezbollah operations

BEIRUT An agent of Israels Mossad spy agency infiltrated the upper echelons of Hezbollahs security apparatus and leaked information about the Lebanese Shiite group for several years before being discovered and arrested recently, according to security officials and people in Lebanon who are familiar with the incident.

17 minutes ago // CBS

world Federal court puts gray wolf back on endangered species list

The ruling comes after two states legalized the hunting and trapping of wolves, which resulted in the killing of 1,500 animals

23 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Putting the color in Yellowstone's famed thermal springs

They've thrilled visitors to Yellowstone National Park for well over a century -- simmering ponds of brilliant, rainbow colors with unforgettable names like Grand Prismatic Spring and Sapphire Pool.

23 minutes ago // CBS

world Flu outbreak spreading rapidly in U.S.

The CDC says flu is widespread in more than half the country, and this year's vaccine isn't providing enough protection

25 minutes ago // BBC

world Strictly set for final showdown

The winner of this year's Strictly Come Dancing is set to be decided later, with four couples competing for the glitterball trophy.

25 minutes ago // New York Times

world World Briefing: Israel: Airstrike Hits Gaza Site

Retaliating for a rocket fired into Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said it carried out an airstrike on a Hamas site in southern Gaza early Saturday in what was its first aerial bombing in Palestinian territory since an August cease-fire that ended this summers 50-day Gaza war.

31 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Delvon Simmons could start for USC in Holiday Bowl

Nose tackle Antwaun Woods, who injured a pectoral muscle last week and had surgery, is sidelined for the Holiday Bowl against Nebraska, so USC is experimenting with various configurations to contain running back Ameer Abdullah and quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr.

31 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Mandy Rice-Davies dies at 70; key figure in British political scandal

Mandy Rice-Davies, whose cheeky testimony enlivened a sex scandal trial that rocked Britain's government and aristocracy in the 1960s, died Thursday. She was 70.

35 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Football: Jeff Kraemer retires after 35 years with Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

For 35 years, Jeff Kraemer has been a loyal, dedicated assistant football coach to Kevin Rooney at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. Now he has decided to call it quits.

35 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Amtrak train hits person near Commerce; delays expected

An Amtrak train en route to San Diego hit a person on the train tracks Friday evening, halting rail service for several hundred Southern California commuters.

39 minutes ago // New York Times

world Cuba Thaw Lets Rest of Latin America Warm to Washington

Leaders who have consistently lambasted the United States and President Obama abruptly changed course, praising the policy shift on Cuba.

44 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world Greek MP alleges bribe offer for vote

Politician claims he was offered at least $2.5m to vote in favour of government's presidential candidate.

49 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Sam Farmer's NFL Week 16 picks

The Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver O/U = over/under. Last week's record 11-5 .688; season 145-78-1 .650. Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 11-5...

53 minutes ago // CBS

world Ferguson's last "good night" as "Late Late Show" host

Ferguson's going-away party features former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno as his sole guest

1 hour ago // New York Times

world End of Presidential Race Leaves Tunisia Divided

Four years after the Arab Spring, Tunisians vote on Sunday in a presidential runoff that will complete their transition to democracy and end a campaign that has reopened divisions.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Murder attempt suspect freed in error

A teenager suspected of attempted murder has been released from prison by mistake, prompting a 10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

1 hour ago // CBS

world Australian woman arrested in stabbing deaths of 8 children

Police said the woman, the mother of all but one of the victims, was also found with stab wounds inside a home in northern Queensland state

1 hour ago // Reuters

world Cuban relatives of U.S. spy in dark after news of release

WASHINGTON/MIAMI Reuters - His release from a Cuban prison has been as cloak-and-dagger as his spying career ever was.

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world Australian air strikes against Isis are working, says military

Officials say 180 sorties by RAAF have helped check Islamic States advance but UN warns of worsening humanitarian situationAustralian defence officials are claiming success in the air campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and say it has helped check the groups advances however the assessment comes amid renewed warnings about the scale of the humanitarian crisis with

1 hour ago // New York Times

world Open Source: Israeli Politician Stars in YouTube Satire Mocking Tel Aviv Liberals

In a satirical campaign video, Naftali Bennett, the hawkish leader of the Jewish Home party, plays a stereotypical Tel Aviv peacenik.

1 hour ago // New York Times

world Former Marine Held in Iran Protests to Tehran Officials

Amir Hekmati, in a letter to the Iranian ministers of justice and intelligence, described deteriorating conditions in prison and deplored the lack of progress in his case.

1 hour ago // CBS

world Review: "The Interview" deserves to be seen

The controversial, now-shelved comedy struggles to really illuminate anything about North Korea, but its attempt is admirable

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Obama says change in Cuba is inevitable, though pace is uncertain

Two days after announcing the end of a half-century-long diplomatic freeze with Cuba, President Obama warned Friday that the pace of reform in the communist island nation would be uncertain but that change was inevitable.

1 hour ago // New York Times

world News Analysis: Pakistans Old Curse

There is little doubt that the Peshawar massacre has galvanized Pakistani society. The question is whether it can become a real turning point for a society plagued by violent divisions, culture wars and the strategic prerogatives of a powerful military.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Sony 'made a mistake' in canceling release of 'Interview,' Obama says

President Obama on Friday said Sony Pictures made a mistake in canceling the release of the satirical film The Interview after threats from anonymous hackers, offering an unusual public rebuke by a president of a corporate decision along with a strong defense of free...

1 hour ago // The Independent

world Sony boss denies accusations that studio 'caved' by cancelling release of 'The Interview'

The chief executive of Sony Pictures has denied accusations that the Hollywood studio caved by cancelling the release of its satirical comedy The Interview, following threats against cinemas from hackers linked to North Korea.

1 hour ago // New York Times

world Panel to Advise Against Penalty for C.I.A.s Computer Search

A panel investigating the agencys search of a computer network used by staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who were looking into the C.I.A.'s use of torture will recommend against punishing anyone, officials said.

1 hour ago // The Washington Post

world U.S. attributes cyberattack on Sony to North Korea

Federal investigators on Friday accused North Korea of carrying out a damaging computer attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, blaming the Stalinist government for an intrusion that exposed corporate e-mails, wiped out computer data and underlined the cyber capabilities of one of the United States top adversaries.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.

1 hour ago // New York Times

world Crucible of Cuban Zeal Redefines Revolutionary

Crdenas, Cuba, which is home to Elin Gonzlez, is a growing city of contrasts and contradictions.

1 hour ago // New York Times

world Obama Vows a Response to Cyberattack on Sony

President Obama said the U.S. would respond proportionally to the attack on Sony Pictures after the F.B.I. said it had extensive evidence that North Korea had organized it.

1 hour ago // New York Times

world Obama Vows a Response To Cyberattack on Sony

President Obama said the U.S. would respond proportionally to the attack on Sony Pictures after the F.B.I. said it had extensive evidence that North Korea had organized it.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Claims of Electoral Fraud in Advance of Burundi Vote

Reports of beatings, intimidation and extortion in the tiny southeast African country of Burundi have raised fears of increasing political repression ahead of elections in May. Recently, the violence has calmed, but rights activists, journalists and political opponents of the ruling party claim it has been replaced with electoral fraud. Burundi's Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana has dismissed reports by international rights organizations that earlier this year accused the government of deta

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world U.S.-Cuba Cultural Ties at Crossroads

With detente, politics is finally catching up with a mutual fascination that survived a half century of hostility between Washington and Havana.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Sony CEO worried for months about 'The Interview,' emails show

Kazuo Hirai was worried. For months, the Tokyo-based chief executive of Sony Corp. had been raising questions about his Hollywood studio's plans to go forward with a film depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Sony hack: Obama and Lynton point fingers on surreal day

One of the more surreal weeks to hit the movie industry in recent memory got even stranger Friday as the president of the United States of America spent part of his last press conference of the year giving a shout-out to Seth Rogen and James, er, "Flacco."