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Churchill painting sells for record $2.8 million
A painting by Winston Churchill of the fishpond at his rural home has sold for just under 1.8 million pounds ($2.8 million), almost double the previous record for his work.
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UN chief welcomes promise of renewed US-Cuba ties
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming the promise of full diplomatic relations between the United Nations and Cuba, saying the U.N. General Assembly has long pressed for this.
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Elton John, David Furnish to tie knot again
Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain.
Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for birthday
Pope Francis is being treated to a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday — and 800 kilograms of chicken meat for the poor.
European Parliament wants Palestinian state
The European Parliament has stopped short of pushing for outright recognition of a Palestinian state, urging renewed peace talks instead.
Funerals begin as death toll rises in Pakistan
Funerals have begun in Pakistan for the dozens of children and teachers killed during a Taliban attack on a military-run school in the country's northwest.
Aussie leader: Siege gunman dropped off watch list
A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.
Pakistan vows not to ease up on militants
Pakistan's prime minister is vowing that his military will continue an aggressive operation aimed at militants from the North Waziristan tribal area.
Eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah begins
Jews are celebrating the eight-day festival of Hanukkah with traditions that commemorate ancient miracles and symbolize triumph over oppression.
France wants ban on new cannabis-extract "e-joint"
France's health minister has said she wants to ban a controversial cannabis-extract electronic cigarette that's been launched in France.
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