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Cuban dissident Elizardo Sanchez Santa Cruz-Pacheco, president of the Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission, works on his computer at home in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Human Rights in Spotlight after US-Cuba Deal

To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty...

  • A movie billboard is displayed behind a Sony Pictures Entertainment Studio entrance in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18. FBI Blames North Korea for Sony Hack

    President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he vowed the United States will respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to a hack attack the FBI blamed on the secretive Communist regime...

  • President Barack Obama talks with Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report during a taping of the program in Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Stephen Colbert Retires His 'Report' and the Host he Played

    Stephen Colbert is dead. Stephen Colbert is immortal? Long live Stephen Colbert! Nine years of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell...

  • Pakistani students, Waqar Ahmad, left, and Uwais Naser, who survived last Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school, stand at the site, one holding a picture of their headmaster Tahira Kazi, 58, who was killed in the attack, in Peshawar, Pakistan. After School Massacre, 2 Pakistan Militants Hanged

    Pakistan hanged two convicted militants on Friday - the country's first executions in years - after the government reinstated the death penalty in response to a horrific Taliban school massacre this week that killed 148, most of them children...

  • Cars enter and depart from Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Companies' Data Security in Question after Sony Hack

    Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment...

  • Rolando Sarraff stands at the entrance of his home in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. A former intelligence official in the United States Thursday publically identified Rolando's son as the unnamed spy traded for three Cuban intelligence agents. Spy's Parents Search for Son after Cuba-US Deal

    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 dawn. But officials assured the couple that their son was now better off...

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