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The Pope’s most blessed baller moves of 2014

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The Pope turned 78 on Wednesday — and he spent it eating cake and getting shout-outs from Presidents Obama and Castro after he helped broker a historic diplomatic break-through between the U.S. and Cuba.

Props to the birthday boy who’s had a pretty remarkable year.

Here are the Pope’s best, most blessed moments of 2014:

The Pope auctioned off his Harley for charity

Pope Francis’s 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide…

Cubans say ‘meh’ to historic diplomatic deal

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HAVANA, Cuba — While the rest of the world followed the news about Cuba online or on their smartphones, people in Cuba found out about the prisoner swap and the historic reset of diplomatic relations with the U.S. somewhat differently.

As a foreign journalist, I am allowed a dial-up connection. But that’s a luxury only available to a few people, including some doctors, university professors, government officials and the like

Air Canada flight diverted after passenger allegedly assaulted flight attendants

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A flight was diverted to Halifax, Canada, and a South African passenger was arrested after she allegedly assaulted two flight attendants on the plane traveling from London to Toronto.

Air Canada Flight 869 was diverted just after 12 p.m., local time, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, according to police. The flight resumed its trip with the remaining 239 passengers and crew at about 3 p.m.

When the plane landed in Halifax, Royal Canadian…

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UK airport staff vote to strike on the two days before Christmas

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LONDON — Travel plans across the UK in the days before Christmas could be affected if plans for a strike at the country’s three busiest airports go ahead.

Staff at air service provider dnata in Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports have backed plans for walkouts in protest over a pay dispute

The company has offered a 2.2% increase; staff are unhappy because supervisors at the company were given a 4.5% pay hike.

Workers from…

9 now-and-then images of melting glaciers

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Even as we witness rising sea levels, record high temperatures and increasingly violent storm systems, it’s still easy for us to ignore the harbingers of global warming and convince ourselves that drastic climate change is either too far off in the future or only happening in distant lands.

As well tell ourselves that, however, one of our national treasures, Glacier National Park in Montana, is becoming ground zero for global warming.

Russians ‘invest’ in booze and breakfast cereal as ruble continues slide

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MOSCOW –- It hasn’t been quite as bad as “Black Tuesday,” but Russia’s volatile ruble continued its slide on Wednesday. That slowed down, however, after Russia’s finance ministry took emergency measures to try to stem the currency’s precipitous plunge.

Meanwhile, Russian consumers frantically flocked to stores to buy up big-ticket items, as they looked to forestall massive price hikes following the ruble’s fall in past days

But many also dropped thousands of dollars worth of rubles on…

‘One of the most important’ U.S. spies in Cuba freed after two decades in jail

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President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that the U.S. spy Cuba released is “one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba.”

Obama discussed his administration’s move Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. The island nation released the spy as part of that effort.

Obama said the man’s sacrifice is known only to a few people, and that he provided the information that…

Pope Francis played key role in U.S.-Cuba reconciliation

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Pope Francis played a key role in the back-room negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba that preempted Wednesday’s historic announcement of renewed diplomatic relations between the two countries.

President Obama thanked the Pope for his involvement in the talks during his televised speech on the historic development.

SAO: Vatican played a role too. Pope Francis personally issued appeal letter to Obama and Castro calling on them to…

Redditor finds woman with ex-girlfriend’s name to travel the world

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A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right.

Jordan Axani, 28, and his then girlfriend, named Elizabeth Gallagher, booked heavily discounted round-the-world air tickets in May, but their relationship ended and he didn’t want her ticket to go to waste. The ticket had a strict no-transfer policy, but since passport information was not required when booking, it can be used by any…

Inquiry finds Iraqi detainees were ill-treated by British soldiers

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LONDON — An inquiry into the treatment of Iraqi detainees by British soldiers after a firefight more than 10 years ago has found that they were ill-treated, but it dismissed claims of torture and murder as “deliberate and calculated lies.”

Although some of the treatment, such as food and sleep deprivation, violated the Geneva Convention, the inquiry published Wednesday found it was not deliberate

Set up in 2009, the Al-Sweady Inquiry