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A photo taken in October and provided by Britain's Royal Air Force shows a Russian "Bear" bomber similar to the one that grazed U.K. airspace on Wednesday.

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British fighters 'escort' Russian bombers near UK airspace

A pair of Russian "Bear" bombers flew alarmingly close to British airspace on Wednesday. London has asked Moscow to explain the incident.

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Missionaries almost erased a tribe's history, but for a Pasadena man's tape recorder

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A classical bassist from Pasadena met a mountain tribe in Papua New Guinea made up entirely of songwriters. Luckily, he brought a tape recorder.

Cuba's President Raul Castro listens during the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica, on Wednesday.

Castro demands return of Guantánamo before normalizing ties with US

In a speech at a summit of Latin American countries, President Raúl Castro said the rapprochement would not make sense otherwise.

Fed stays 'patient' in raising interest rates

The Fed also voiced new concerns about low inflation, which could affect when it decides to raise its key short-term rate from near zero.

Mexico officially declares 43 missing students dead

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the events of Ayotzinapa "forces the country to change" toward a "just and free Mexico."

Smithsonian in talks over London outpost — its first overseas

If negotiations are successful, the Smithsonian would join other attractions at the site of London's Olympic Park.

Lebanese Hezbollah hits Israeli convoy, killing 2 soldiers

The violence was the deadliest Hezbollah attack against Israeli forces since a 2006 war between the two sides. A Spanish peacekeeper was also killed in the flare-up.

Jordan says it's willing to swap prisoner for hostages held by ISIS

A video released by the Islamic militants demanded the release of the convicted terrorist within 24 hours, or two hostages would be killed.

As nor'easter lifts, life slowly gets back to normal

In Boston, highways started filling up with cars. In Rhode Island, the governor called up 270 national guardsmen to help get the power back on.

Winter blizzard: More LAX cancellations; storm slams Boston, skips NYC

The forecasts had called for up to 30 inches of snow for the city, but the historic storm failed to materialize. That didn't prevent thousands of flight cancellations, including at LAX.

Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

Church leaders who held a rare news conference Tuesday said "we must all learn to live with others who do not share the same beliefs or values."

Fidel Castro writes statement on shift in Cuba-US relations

"I don't trust the policy of the United States, nor have I exchanged a word with them, but this does not mean I reject a pacific solution to the conflicts," Castro wrote in a letter.

Holocaust survivors mark 70th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation

About 300 survivors of the Nazi camp are attending the ceremony with German and Austrian leaders. But attention is also on the absence of Russia's president, whose countrymen liberated Auschwitz.

Finding friendships through food across five continents

Viewing a waterfall at gunpoint in Colombia; eating fattoush at a gas station in Syria. Tales of travel, food and friendship shared with SoCal adventurer, Allan Karl

Purported IS message threatens Japan, Jordan hostages

Tuesday's video matched a message released over the weekend, though neither bore the logo of the Islamic State group's al-Furqan media arm.

Obama's Arctic Refuge Drill Ban Won't Change Much, For Now

Oil industry representatives are criticizing the decision, but analysts say the shale revolution will buy the industry time to develop safe technology.