Tunisians vote in historic presidential run-off

A man walks past election posters of presidential candidates in TunisBy Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians voted on Sunday in a presidential run-off election that completes the country's transition to full democracy nearly fours years after an uprising which ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. With a new progressive constitution and a full parliament elected in October, Tunisia is hailed as an example of democratic change for a region still struggling with the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring revolts. ...



US dismisses N. Korea hacking probe offer, seeks China's help

The United States has dismissed a call by North Korea for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures, which caused it to cancel the release of the film "The Interview" and wants China to help block cyber attacks from PyongyangThe United States has dismissed a call by North Korea for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures and wants China to help block cyber attacks from Pyongyang. Washington blames North Korea for a breach of cyber security at Sony which led to the release of embarrassing emails and prompted executives to halt the release of "The Interview". Pyongyang has repeatedly denied that it was behind last month's crippling attack, which also led to the leaking of scripts, and called Saturday for a joint probe with the US.



Taliban kill 7 Afghan policemen at checkpoint

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban attacked a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan, killing at least seven policemen, an official said Sunday. In Kabul, a reporter wounded in an attack earlier this month on a French-run school died of his injuries.
U.N.'s Ebola mission should be closed once battle won: Ban

United Nations Secretary General Ban speaks during a meeting with Liberia's President Johnson Sirleaf at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in MonroviaBy Matthew Mpoke Bigg BAMAKO (Reuters) - The United Nations mission to fight Ebola should be wound down quickly once the battle is won, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday during his first tour of countries stricken with the virus. The U.N. emergency Ebola response mission, or UNMEER, was set up in September to coordinate policy and logistics for a campaign that includes governments, charities and healthcare workers from affected countries. Ban said UNMEER differed from peacekeeping missions and should not outlive its immediate purpose. ...



Redskins deal Eagles playoff blow

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland of the Washington Redskins holds up the ball after making an interception against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at FedExField on December 20, 2014 in Landover, MarylandKai Forbath booted a field goal in the dying seconds as the Washington Redskins stunned Philadelphia 27-24, dealing the Eagles' playoff hopes a serious blow. Forbath kicked a 26-yard field goal with just five seconds left in regulation for the Redskins who snapped a six-game National Football League losing skid in front of a crowd of close to 80,000 at FedEx Field. Philadelphia has lost three straight games since a US Thanksgiving holiday win at Dallas gave it sole possession of first place in the NFC East. A win at home by the Cowboys against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday would eliminate the Eagles from playoff contention.





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