Cuba

Fidel resurfaces

Cuba published the first photos of Fidel Castro in more than five months, showing the 88-year-old former leader engaged in a lively conversation with a university student. The photos are the first public images of the revolutionary leader since August, when he was shown with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Taiwan

Plane hits bridge

A passenger plane crashed into a river with 58 people aboard after hitting a bridge in Taiwan's capital Wednesday, state-run media reported. Local TV images showed police and firemen trying to rescue passengers from the Keelung River in Taipei City. The twin-engine propeller plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Taipei Airport with 58 aboard.

Netherlands

No genocide charges

The United Nations' top court at The Hague ruled that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against each other's people during 1990s wars sparked by the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The ruling could help end animosities between the neighbors. The International Court of Justice said both forces committed crimes, but they did not amount to genocide.

New York

Train hits SUV, kills 6

A packed commuter train slammed into a sport utility vehicle on the tracks at a crossing in Valhalla, N.Y., and erupted into flames, killing six people, injuring at least a dozen and sending hundreds of passengers scrambling for safety, authorities said. Killed were the SUV's driver and five people aboard the train, making this crash the railroad's deadliest.

Alabama

No marriage delay

A federal appeals court struck down an effort to delay same-sex marriages, clearing the way for gay and lesbian couples to wed next week, though a last-minute appeal could create additional delays. The Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a stay request from Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, who sought to defend the state's constitutional ban.

Massachusetts

Jury expected soon

The questioning of potential jurors in the federal trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could end by the end of next week, despite weather-related delays. Tsarnaev, 21, is charged in the attack on April 15, 2013. Jury selection began Jan. 5. Four days of questioning were canceled due to snowstorms.

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