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Kurdish forces push offensive to retake Sinjar from ISIS

Days after breaking the siege of Mount Sinjar and freeing trapped Yazidis there, peshmerga forces were pressing an offensive to retake the town itself from the Islamist militia.

A couple walks on the beach in the resort area of Varadero, Cuba. Varadero is home to upscale hotels and resorts that cater to foreign tourists, but there aren't yet enough to handle a potential influx of Americans.

Ready to hit the Cuban beach? Americans still have to wait

Travel to Cuba for business or education will be much easier as the U.S. eases restrictions, but until the embargo is completely lifted, going to Cuba simply for tourism still won't be allowed.

Tunisian voter Dina Ghlisse, 19, displays her finger with the indelible ink mark after voting in La Marsa, on the outskirts of Tunis, on Sunday. More than three years after Tunisia sparked "Arab Spring," the country is choosing a president.

Tunisia, cradle of 'Arab Spring,' in historic presidential vote

The election pits interim President Moncef Marzouki against challenger Beji Caid Essebsi, who held a post in the ousted regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Sony hack: Obama pledges proportional response; insiders speak out

Employees at Sony learned they'd been victims of a massive hacking operation and the news keeps getting worse. One employee tells KPCC, "We've been outsmarted at every move."

FBI's anthrax investigation was flawed, report says

The GAO released a report Friday on its findings in regards to the science the FBI used to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks.

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

FIFA has voted to publish the 430-page confidential report by ethics investigator Michael Garcia looking at the decisions to hold World Cup tournaments in Russia and Qatar.

Cyber security: How to protect your data from hackers

Although there is no one right way to guarantee your security from hackers, there are a few tips you can follow to better help protect your information.

Palestinian leader supports more talks on UN bid

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he supports further negotiations on a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution.

Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

Federal prosecutors sued NYC to address what an investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" against young inmates at the Rikers Island jail.

US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

Airlines, hotel chains and cruise companies have all been quietly eyeing a removal of the travel ban to Cuba and hope they soon will be able to bring U.S. tourists to the Caribbean nation.

US, Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations

Parallel announcements from President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday followed more than a year of secret talks between the two countries.

Obama withdraws Alaska's Bristol Bay from drilling

The president said that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be withdrawn from consideration for petroleum leases.

Taliban storm Pakistani school, killing 141 — mostly children

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.

Thousands lay flowers at Sydney hostage siege site

A day after two people plus a gunman were killed, thousands of Australians left bouquets of flowers at a makeshift shrine. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife visited.

Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer.

3 dead in Sydney crisis: Video of police storming cafe (updated)

Sydney police say three people died, including the gunman, during a hostage crisis that ended when officers stormed a downtown cafe.