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Notorious warlord seeks comeback, leverage in Afghanistan

FILE - In this March 8, 2007 file photo, Afghan rebel leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is seen in this photo grab from a video received by Associated Press Television in Karachi, Pakistan. Seeking to gain new leverage, a notorious Afghan warlord who was designated a "global terrorist" by the United States and blacklisted by the United Nations along with Osama bin Laden, wants to come out of the shadows. In videotaped remarks to the AP, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar casts himself as an interlocutor who can help bring about peace but it's hard to gauge what role, if any, the feared mujahedeen leader could play in Afghan politics. (AP Photo via AP video, File)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After more than 40 years at war, one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords, designated a "global terrorist" by the United States and blacklisted by the United Nations along with Osama bin Laden, wants to come out of the shadows.

One more memorable moment for Favre, Packers at Lambeau

Brett Favre acknowledges the crowd during a ceremony at halftime of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. Favre’s retired No. 4 and name were unveiled inside Lambeau Field during the ceremony. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Brett Favre had one more memorable moment with the Green Bay Packers.

Killing ramps up fears of Venezuela poll violence

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech in front of the Miraflores presidential palace, in Caracas on November 21, 2015Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the fatal shooting of an opposition leader appeared to be a gangland score-settling, dismissing claims it was politically motivated ahead of elections. An attacker shot Luis Manuel Diaz dead on Wednesday evening in the central Guarico region at a campaign rally for the December 6 legislative elections, party officials said, ratcheting up fears that violence could erupt in the lead-up to the polls. The event was also attended by Lilian Tintori, the wife of a jailed opposition leader and a high-profile critic of Maduro.

New York reassures tourists after terror threat

New York police officers guard the parade route during the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2015 in New York CityNew York is reassuring tourists that America's biggest city is safe as it prepares to welcome more than five million visitors for the busy holiday season after the Paris attacks. After the Paris attacks on November 13, an Islamic State group propaganda video broadcast images of New York from Times Square. Despite what he calls a "sprinkling of a few cancellations," he is still encouraging people to visit the metropolis for the "magical holiday season" that lasts through December until New Year.

Obama eyes chance to make mark, at last, on climate change

After the terror attacks in Paris, US President Barack Obama was among the first to say he would stick to his plans to attend climate talks on November 30Six years after a fiasco in Copenhagen and a year before he leaves office, a Paris summit offers Barack Obama the chance to make his mark in the fight against climate change. In December 2009, Obama left the Danish capital after signing on to a hastily issued statement by leaders hoping to save face. A deal to slow global warming seems to be within reach, even if it is less ambitious and less far reaching than first hoped.

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