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Daily News Briefing

December 2014

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Resolved: A better 2015

A new year opens a new chapter in the continuing story of human progress.

Amid otherwise encouraging economic news, difficulties for some countries can pose problems for all.

Securing Iraq and Afghanistan

Iraq's dangerous lessons for Afghanistan.

New year, new news

A major shift seems to have taken place in world news. It won't be the last.

Headlines versus trend lines

By almost every measure, humanity is making progress. And more people are acknowledging that.

The regime's apparent fear of a Hollywood comedy shows how vulnerable it is.

Fighting high-tech censorship

Art and entertainment are often controversial. But those who attempt to censor reveal their own lack of confidence.

As with President Nixon's opening with China, President Obama's with Cuba could have far-reaching consequences.

Cuba coming in from the cold

After more than half a century of estrangement, the US and Cuba seek normal relations.

Russia in trouble

Mounting economic problems could be a moment that leads to change for the better.