hotspringssr.com

Thursday
December 18, 2014

World News

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

HAVANA -- Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility.

read more

Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people -- almost all of them students -- before government troops ended the siege.

read more

Russian ruble sinks sharply despite bank rate hike

MOSCOW -- The Russian ruble came under intense selling pressure Tuesday, falling at one point by a catastrophic 20 percent to a new historic low despite a massive pre-dawn interest rate hike from Russia's Central Bank. Russian officials were clearly rattled even though state television urged citizens not to panic.

read more

Sydney cafe siege ends

SYDNEY -- The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia's largest city. An Iranian-born gunman burst in, took 17 people hostage, and forced some to hold a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith above the shop window's festive inscription of "Merry Christmas."

read more

At UN climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier

LIMA, Peru -- A last-minute deal that salvaged U.N. climate talks from collapse early Sunday sends a signal the rich-poor divide that long held up progress can be overcome with a year to go before a landmark pact is supposed to be adopted in Paris.

read more

Scarecrows outnumber people in dying Japan town

NAGORO, Japan -- This village deep in the rugged mountains of southern Japan once was home to hundreds of families. Now, only 35 people remain, outnumbered three-to-one by scarecrows that Tsukimi Ayano crafted to help fill the days and replace neighbors who died or moved away.

read more

Higher prices, shortages create pressure for Islamic State

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 cost of living has soared there, and the family is barely able to make ends meet, even after putting the kids to work.

read more

More Stories »