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U.S. Cinemas Cancel Film Parody of N. Korea Leader after Threats

U.S. cinemas canceled screenings, including a red-carpet New York premiere, of a madcap comedy that offended North Korea, after mysterious computer hackers issued a chilling threat.

Hollywood studio Sony Pictures said it is not pulling the film, but is leaving it to theater chains to decide whether to show the movie, which depicts a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

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Five Pakistani Taliban Killed in Karachi Clash

Five Pakistani Taliban were killed Wednesday in a clash with Rangers in the southern port city of Karachi, a spokesman for the paramilitary force said.

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Cuban Prisoners Freed in swap are Heroes at Home

The three Cubans released in a prisoner exchange that paved the way for a historic breakthrough Wednesday in Havana's Cold War standoff with the United States are celebrated as heroes back home.

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Clinton vs. Bush, Again: Is U.S. Democracy a Family Affair?

Jeb Bush has announced he will run for president, and Hillary Clinton is expected to do the same soon. In 2016, the race to the White House could be a family affair. 

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Nigeria Opposition Picks Pastor as VP Candidate

Nigeria's opposition party on Wednesday chose Yemi Osibajo, a Christian pastor and ex-Lagos state justice commissioner, as its vice presidential nominee for February 14 polls, in a move to reach across religious lines in this deeply divided country.

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Police Took 'Syria-Bound Girl' Off Plane on London Runway

London police stopped a plane on the runway at Heathrow Airport to remove a 15-year-old girl intent on joining Islamist fighters in Syria, a report said Wednesday.

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Pakistan's Khan Calls Off Sit-in Protest

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan Wednesday called off a four-month long protest movement to topple the government following the massacre of nearly 150 people by the Taliban at a school in the northwest.

His announcement came a day ahead of his party's planned country-wide shutdown intended to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign and for his government to conduct an impartial inquiry into allegations of fraud in the 2013 election.

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Russian Mistral Sailors to Leave France

Some 400 Russian sailors are returning home, French shipbuilder DCNS said Wednesday, as Paris weighs whether to deliver the Mistral-class warship to Russia amid the Ukraine crisis.

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Somalia Appoints New Prime Minister after Damaging Spat

Somalia's president on Wednesday appointed a new prime minister, 11 days after the war-torn nation's previous premier was ousted amid bitter infighting.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said he had appointed political heavyweight Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, 54, who becomes the first person to hold the post twice.

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Ukraine Says Possible Peace Talks in Minsk on Sunday

New internationally mediated peace talks between Ukraine, Russian-backed rebels and Russia itself could start Sunday in Minsk, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday.

"We agreed for the contact group to hold a video conference on Thursday and Friday," he said, referring to representatives from Kiev, Moscow, the rebels controlling parts of eastern Ukraine, and the OSCE European security body.

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