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    NY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals

    An New York City police officer stands Sunday near a growing memorial near the spot where two New York Police Department officers, sitting inside a patrol car the previous day, were shot by an armed man, killing them both. The assailant then went into a nearby subway station and committed suicide, police said.

    Dec 22, 2014 1:29 PM

    ew York’s mayor on Monday called for protests and political debate to pause until after funerals are held for two officers shot and killed inside their patrol car this weekend by a man vowing retaliation for the deaths of black men at the hands of white police. “I think it’s important that regardless of people’s viewpoints that everyone step back,” Mayor Bill de Blaiso said in a speech at the Police Athletic League.

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    North Korean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans

    North Koreans ride on an amusement park ride while watching a 3D movie at the Rungna People’s Pleasure Park in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea hates the Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema - of its own particular styling.

    Dec 22, 2014 6:59 AM

    North Korea hates the currently scrapped Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema — of its own particular styling. The U.S. blames North Korea for the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which produced “The Interview,” and also for threats of terror attacks against U.S. movie theaters.

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    Experts expect surge in Cuba tourism under Obama opening

    Tourists fill the famous La Bodeguita del Medio bar where U.S. author Ernest Hemingway used to drink in Old Havana, Cuba. Experts expect American tourists to flood Cuba soon after new travel regulations are established, guzzling mojitos and lining up at beachside buffets. The complexity of the legal details and the possibility, even remote, of fines for violations will probably mean most new travel to Cuba will still go through tour organizers.

    Dec 22, 2014 6:24 AM

    As the U.S. and Cuba begin to normalize relations for the first time in half a century, some Americans are already roaming the streets of Old Havana, attending dance exhibitions and talks on architecture as they take part in scripted cultural tours that can cost more than a decent used car back home.

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    Iraq TV show makes ‘terrorists’ confront victims

    Haider Ali Motar, right, performs a scene from “In the Grip of the Law,” a reality show produced by Iraqi state TV, as a cameraman moves his position in Baghdad. Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in the reality TV show.

    Dec 22, 2014 6:25 AM

    Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show.

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    Morocco’s transgender dancer courts acceptance

    Moroccan transvestite, actress and dancer Noor poses for photographers as she arrives at the Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco. In this conservative Muslim country where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to three years in jail, a transgender woman like Noor is not only accepted but is a celebrity. Her ability to seemingly transcend the restrictions of her culture speaks both to her star power and to a certain kind of tolerance toward sexual minorities in this North African nation, and even in the wider Middle East.

    Dec 22, 2014 6:26 AM

    In this conservative Muslim country where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to three years in jail, a transgender woman like Noor Talbi is not only accepted but is a celebrity. Her ability to seemingly transcend the restrictions of her culture speaks both to her star power and to a certain kind of tolerance toward sexual minorities in this North African nation — and even in the wider Middle East.

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    Longtime Chicago alderman Stone dies at 87

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    Blagojevich brother: I was fed ‘pawn’ to get then-governor

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    Longtime Chicago alderman Stone dies at 87

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