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5 people flee Sydney building at centre of hostage drama

SYDNEY, Australia -- Five people have fled from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages at the height of Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe were earlier seen holding up a flag containing an Islamic declaration of faith. Read more...

A day of private reflection in Newtown on 2nd anniversary of school shooting

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Royal family releases Christmas photos of Prince George in soldier jumper

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released three official Christmas photos of Prince George on Saturday, showing the toddler in a courtyard at Kensington Palace. Read more...

UK PM says British hostage's killing underscores need to smash IS militants

THE CANADIAN PRESS - Prime Minister David Cameron says the slaying of a British hostage in Syria demonstrates the necessity of destroying the Islamic State extremist group.     Read more...

Taliban makes significant gains in Afghanistan

As American troops withdraw from Afghanistan, the war torn country appears to be seeing a surge of Taliban activity. Read more...

Man charged with impeding investigation into Boston Marathon bombings

A man who knew the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings was charged Friday with obstructing the investigation into the deadly bombings.     Read more...

Legendary poet, author Maya Angelou dead at 86

Her death was confirmed in a statement issued by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she had served as a professor of American Studies since 1982. Read more...