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WHAT A WEEK IN HISTORY: People line up to take the bus outside the Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18. How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba. Photo: Associated Press/Ramon Espinosa

AP539354279311_0People walk past a sign advertising currency exchange rates in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 12. The ruble hit another record low against the dollar even after Russia’s Central Bank sought to ease the selling pressure on the currency by raising interest rates again. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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People stand next to a house that toppled over the eroding ocean shoreline of North Cove, Wash. on Friday, Dec. 12. Stormy weather blew out of Washington state on Friday, but left houses in the area listing and waves continuing to lap against sandy embankments. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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The best man in a wedding party, who all declined to be identified, holds an AR-10 rifle he was handed while the party was having their pre-wedding portraits taken on the steps of the capitol before a rally nearby by gun-rights advocates to protest a new expanded gun background check law in Washington state Saturday, Dec. 13, in Olympia, Wash. The wedding party was not part of the protest, but posed for pictures with it after being handed it by gun activist Brandon Lyons, who said “we’ve all just broken the law,” by handing the gun over. Saturday’s protest was called the “I Will Not Comply” rally, and those attending said they will openly exchange firearms in opposition to the state’s new voter-approved universal background check law, Initiative 594. The law, which took effect on Dec. 4, requires background checks on all sales and transfers, including private transactions and many loans and gifts. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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A crane which crashed into the roof of a house is seen following an unusual marriage proposal by a man who wished to be lifted in front of the bedroom window of his girlfriend to ask for her hand in marriage, in the central Dutch town of Ijsselstein, Saturday Dec. 13. No people were injured in the accident, the groom-to-be jumped to safety without injuries and his girlfriend accepted to marry him, according to local Dutch media. (AP Photo/AS Media)
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Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss, centre, reacts as she is named Miss World 2014, during the finale of the competition, at the ExCel centre in London, Sunday, Dec. 14. Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar came second with Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, finishing third. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15. New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the cafe or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the cafe’s windows showed several people with their arms in the air. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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Police move near the scene of a shooting, Monday, Dec. 15, in Souderton, Pa. Police are surrounding a home in Souderton, outside Philadelphia, where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Hospital staff transport a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan,Tuesday, Dec. 16. Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern Pakistani city, killing and wounding dozens, officials said, in the latest militant violence to hit the already troubled region. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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Alan Gross holds his wife Judy’s hand while during a news conference at his lawyer’s office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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A couple dances tango in front of St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Pope Francis 78th birthday, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17. Hundreds of tango dancers from all over the world gathered just next to St. Peter’s Square for a milonga to mark Pope Francis’ 78th birthday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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A poster for the movie “The Interview” is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Atlanta. Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of “The Interview” in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen makes a statement on jobs and economic outlook, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Federal Reserve in Washington. The U.S. economy is finally doing better, and the Federal Reserve may be ready to acknowledge that fact. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz announces indictments of 14 owners and employees from the New England Compounding Center Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Boston. More than 750 people in 20 states were sickened, and 64 died after they contracted fungal meningitis and other illnesses in 2012 from tainted steroids made by the Framingham, Mass., company. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

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