The Spanish Christmas Lottery, or “El Gordo”, drawing was held in Madrid on Monday, December 22, 2014. The total prize money of 2.4 billion euros is split into thousands of cash prizes amongst hundreds of winning numbers. The top prize winner, ticket number 13437, took home 4 million euros.
Face smashes, hair whips, three legs and funny faces: Here are some of the strangest pictures in the news from around the world this year.
On Dec. 17, 2014, Cuba released Alan Gross, a contractor from Potomac, Md., who had been imprisoned there for five years. The White House later announced plans to reestablish diplomatic relations with Havana.
Here’s a look at past Baltimore Sun coverage of relations between the United States and Cuba.
Cuba released Maryland aid worker Alan Gross Wednesday, and the White House announced plans to reestablish diplomatic relations with Havana and relax trade and travel restrictions, reversing more than half a century of policy aimed at isolating the communist nation 90 miles from Florida.
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Three people died in a Sydney cafe after a hostage crisis led to heavy gunfire and security forces storming the building.
Two years ago this weekend, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of Khaled El Masri, a German man who was held by police near his European vacation destination for having a name that was somewhat similar to one on a list.
He was then locked for months in a secret CIA prison without charges before being dumped on a roadside in a different part of Europe without explanation.
This gallery comprises a visual timeline of some countries, cities and places involved in his journey.
ADDITION: McClatchy published some additional updated information on El Masri’s current state of affairs on Saturday.
Some graphic scenes are described.