1. U.S. to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Last Trace of Cold War Hostility

  1. Isolation Policy ‘Has Failed,’ Obama Says

    The U.S. will open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, officials said.

  2. As Havana Celebrates Historic Shift, Economic and Political Hopes Rise

    The sweeping changes President Obama outlined will have a profound impact on Cuba — where isolation by the United States has fundamentally shaped the island’s economy, its politics and even its national identity.

  3. U.S. Frees Last of the ‘Cuban Five,’ Part of a 1990s Spy Ring

    Three members of the Cuban Five — part of a spy ring that infiltrated exile groups in Florida in the 1990s — were released from prison as part of the sudden diplomatic thaw in relations.

  4. Opening of Relations Could Bring Cuban Stars to Major League Baseball
  1. U.S. Said to Find North Korea Ordered Cyberattack on Sony

    American intelligence officials have concluded that the government of Kim Jong-un was “centrally involved” in the attacks on the film company’s computers.

  2. Sony Pictures Cancels Holiday Release of ‘The Interview’ After Threats

    Multiplex chains that control more than 19,200 screens in North America decided not to release the film, ending any prospect of a serious theatrical release.

  3. Horror Paralyzes Pakistan After a Methodical Slaughter

    With flags at half-staff and businesses shuttered, Pakistanis seemed to be trapped between grief, anger and frustration, for once overcoming their divisions to unite in pain.

  4. The Upshot
    A Big Safety Net and Strong Job Market Can Coexist. Just Ask Scandinavia.

    Sweden, Denmark and Norway may have a lesson for the United States. Their welfare benefits make it easier for people to work.

  5. Economic Fears May Push Russia Into Ukraine Deal

    Officials and analysts say that the ruble’s nose dive has put pressure on the Russian president to take a more flexible position on Ukraine.

  6. Patrolling a Disputed Line, Israeli Border Police Become a Focus of Anger

    The border police, whose green berets are a nod to the Green Line that demarcated Israeli territory from its hostile neighbors in 1949 armistice agreements, serve in the most sensitive situations.

  7. Theater Review
    Lives in the Balance in a Mumbai Slum

    “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” David Hare’s stage adaptation of the best-selling book by Katherine Boo, makes its premiere at the National Theater in London.

  8. Colombian Rebels Call Unilateral Truce

    Colombia’s largest guerrilla group declared on Wednesday that it was about to begin an indefinite, unilateral cease-fire, in a challenge to the government to halt hostilities while the two sides continued negotiations toward an end to 50 years of war.

  9. Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State

    The governor’s administration concluded that hydraulic fracturing, which was heavily promoted as a source of economic revival for depressed communities, could contaminate the state’s air and water.

  10. Justices Support Licenses for Immigrants in Arizona

    The Supreme Court’s order indicated that Arizona must issue licenses to young immigrants spared from deportation by President Obama.

  11. 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    Need a last-minute gift? Browse ideas for everyone on your shopping list, selected by Times experts.

  12. Your Home on a Coffee Table

    A recent venture publishes elegant books about private houses as gifts for family and friends.

  13. Shopping With Mandy Oser and Amorette Casaus
    Finding the Right Accessories for ‘Cheese O’Clock’

    Unlike mice, cheese lovers can’t use their hands. Thus, we seek elegant serving accessories.

  14. What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs

    The inside story of how Yahoo’s C.E.O. lost her way.

Opinion

  1. Matthew D’Ancona: UKIP Is the Real Scandal in British Politics
  2. Editorial: The Taliban’s Massacre of Innocents in Pakistan
  3. Frank Bruni: Confronting an Ugly Killer
  4. Thomas L. Friedman: This Israeli Election Matters