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DECEMBER 9, 2013 –MONDAY- Tevet 6, 5774
   Vol I. No.8
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Scores of World Leaders to Attend Mandela Memorial

New York Times - ‎2 minutes ago‎
JOHANNESBURG - South African authorities prepared on Monday to receive scores of visiting dignitaries - and tens of thousands of their own people - at a national memorial for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday in the World Cup soccer stadium where he made ...

Thai PM Yingluck dissolves parliament and calls election

BBC News - ‎22 minutes ago‎
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament and called an election after sustained protests in the capital, Bangkok.

North Korea confirms ouster of Kim Jong Un's uncle from military post

CNN - ‎21 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- In a move to squash dissent within North Korea's ruling elite, the once-powerful uncle of Leader Kim Jong Un was removed from his government position at a Ruling Workers' Party politburo meeting Sunday, North Korea's state news agency KCNA ...

Crackdown fears grip Ukraine protests

USA TODAY - ‎3 minutes ago‎
KIEV, Ukraine - Pro-European Union protesters occupying Kiev's city administration building braced Monday for a confrontation with riot police.

Foreign worker riot shocks Singapore

ABS CBN News - ‎4 hours ago‎
Riot policemen watch burning vehicles during a riot in Singapore's Little India district, late December 8, 2013. REUTERS/Dennis Thong/Lianhe Zaobao.

Hagel to Discuss Afghanistan During Visit to Pakistan

Businessweek - ‎1 hour ago‎
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, steps off of a helicopter after arriving at the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters, on December 7, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Commuter Train Hits Truck in Jakarta; 5 Dead

ABC News - ‎49 minutes ago‎
A commuter train hit a truck hauling gasoline in Indonesia's capital Monday, killing five people and sending a fireball of orange flames and black smoke shooting skyward.

Lee Rigby trial: Michael Adebolajo says he is 'a soldier of Allah'

BBC News - ‎2 minutes ago‎
One of the men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby has told a jury his defence is that he is "a soldier of Allah" and "this is a war".

Car bomb and roadside bombings kill 18 in Iraq - ‎2 hours ago‎
BAGHDAD -- A series of attacks, including a car bomb outside a cafe, killed at least 18 people in Iraq on Monday, officials said. Iraqi authorities have struggled to quell a surge of violence that has swept across the country following a deadly security crackdown ...

India's BJP set to form governments in crucial states

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
India's main opposition BJP is set to form governments in three crucial states after winning absolute majorities in assembly elections.

BREAKINGVIEWS-WTO's small victory saves it from irrelevance

Reuters - ‎12 hours ago‎
(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.) By Ethan Bilby. HONG KONG Dec 9 (Reuters Breakingviews) - The World Trade Organisation has saved itself from irrelevance.

China bans shark fin dishes at official banquets

CNN International - ‎4 hours ago‎
Hong Kong (CNN) -- China has banned dishes containing delicacies like shark fin and and bird's nest from official banquets as part of a government crackdown on official extravagance.

RIA Novosti to Be Liquidated in State-Owned Media Overhaul

RIA Novosti - ‎3 hours ago‎
MOSCOW, December 9 (RIA Novosti) - The Kremlin announced Monday the dissolution of RIA Novosti, the country's major state-run news agency, amid a significant reorganization of state-owned media assets.

Leader of Egypt's Brotherhood appears in court

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
CAIRO (Reuters) - The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood appeared in court on Monday for the first time since he was arrested in a state crackdown on the group following the army overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi.

Israel Urges Tough Line on Iran Nuclear Deal

Voice of America - ‎13 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON/JERUSLALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday pressed world powers to take a hard line with Iran in negotiations for a final nuclear deal, urging them to demand that Tehran abandon all uranium enrichment, halt its ...

What football gave to Nelson Mandela

Kansas City Star - ‎2 hours ago‎
JOHANNESBURG - The mere sounds of a football game brightened Nelson Mandela in his darkest, most isolated times. | AP Photo Galatasaray's Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast salutes soccer fans as he wears a jersey in sign of respect for Nelson Mandela ...

Maduro Claims Victory After Mayor Races Show Venezuelans Divided

Bloomberg - ‎5 hours ago‎
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro claimed victory after early results showed his United Socialist Party won at least 44 percent of the vote in mayoral races, even as the opposition took power in several cities.

Turkish PM on uncertain footing as elections loom

WSHM-TV - ‎4 hours ago‎
(AP Photo, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 file photo, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey.

China expresses regret over S.Korea air defence zone

2 hours ago
Written by
Alex Richardson
BEIJING Dec 9 (Reuters) - China expressed "regret" on Monday that South Korea had extended its air defence zone to partially overlap with a similar zone declared by Beijing two weeks ago that has raised regional tensions.

Prince Harry's Antarctic Race is Canceled; State of His Beard Remains Unclear

Vanity Fair - ‎7 minutes ago‎
If you ask us, anyone who completes a 200-mile trek to the South Pole is a “winner” (hire us for inspirational speeches at your middle school this winter!


Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the nation's parliament Monday and called for new elections. But the move did little to appease anti-government protesters who remained on the streets by the thousands. FULL STORY

  • Worshippers take part in a prayer tribute for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in the Meadowlands neighborhood of Soweto, Johannesburg, December 8, 2013.

    South Africans remember Mandela with prayers

    Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, was mourned on Sunday in a day of prayers. His memorial service will be held on Tuesday.

  • China regrets South Korea setting air defense zone

    China 'regrets' South Korea air defense zone

    South Korea's expansion of its air defense zone over China's new, unilateral zone needs "maritime negotiations," a Chinese spokesman says.

  • North Korea: A couple walks past a television showing a report on Jang Song Thaek, North Korean leaders' uncle, at a railway station in Seoul

    N Korea: Kim's uncle sacked for 'criminal acts'

    North Korea has confirmed that Jang Song Thaek, uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, has been dismissed for committing "criminal acts."

  • Singapore rioting: Officials stand around a bus with a smashed windshield following a riot in Singapore's Little India district

    Singapore hit by rare outbreak of rioting

    The breakout in Singapore's "Little India" area is likely to fuel concerns about discontent among low-paid foreign workers.

  • Children walk near a burning commuter train after it collided with a fuel tanker in Jakarta.

    Indonesia train crashes into fuel truck, 10 killed

    Investigations were under way after the accident at a crossing in a suburb of Jakarta, police said. The truck was destroyed in the blaze.

  • Troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad flash the 'V' signs

    Syrian army retakes road for moving chemical weapons

    The army has retaken the highway towns of Qara, Deir Attiyah from the rebels, and has made inroads around the town of Nabak close to the road.

  • Residents and soldiers wait in line to vote at a polling station during municipal elections in Caracas, Venezuela.

    Split results in Venezuela mayoral elections

    Venezuelans head to the polls to elect mayors and city councilors at a moment when the country's economic troubles have deepened.

  • Central Africa violence: A woman walks past French soldiers on patrol in Bangui

    Calm back in CAR after French troops deploy

    Central African Republic has slid into chaos as interim president Michel Djotodia struggled to control his loose band of Seleka fighters.

  • Brand Mandela: A poster depicting former South African President Mandela is displayed during a special service in his honour at the Holy Family Church in the West Bank city of Ramallah

    Family, politicians battle over 'Brand Mandela'

    the scramble for control of the Nelson Mandela legacy — both financial and moral — will involve his family, the ANC and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

  • India elections: Chief of India's ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi speaks as her son, lawmaker Rahul Gandhi, watches during a news conference in New Delhi

    India's ruling party punished in state elections

    Congress, led by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has ruled India for most of the 66 years since independence, is facing widespread anger.

  • An Iraqi boy walks past damages of a vehicle at the site of a car bomb attack in Sadr City neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Officials in Iraq say scores have been killed in at least 11 explosions tore through predominantly Shiite Muslim areas in and around the Iraqi capital on Sunday.

    Bombings kill 39 in and around Iraqi capital

    At least 39 people have been killed throughout Baghdad, Iraq, on Sunday in a wave of attacks that took place at crowded market places, commercial districts and car repair shops.

  • South Korea extends defense zone: A group of disputed islands known as Senkaku.

    South Korea's air defense zone now overlaps China's

    After requesting that China redraw its expanded air defense zone, South Korea announced Sunday that it was extending its own zone.

  • A man who claims to be a medical doctor with a degree from the State University of Haiti displays case files for abortions performed during the month of September 2013 in his tiny office in downtown Port-au-Prince

    The face of Haiti's abortion crisis

    The country outlaws abortion but women are turning to unregulated, unsafe medical and drug procedures that have become increasingly deadly.

  • UN inspectors in Iran: The Arak heavy-water project

    UN inspectors visit banned Iran nuclear site

    It is the first time in more than two years that the International Atomic Energy Agency had been allowed to go to the Arak heavy water production plant.

  • Philippines typhoon: Survivors

    After typhoon: 'Nowhere to go except the sea'

    Nearly one month after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, fishermen and coconut farmers try to rebuild their livelihoods.

  • Harry's South Pole race: Prince Harry, right

    Harry's South Pole race curtailed; trek goes on

    A competitive Antarctic charity race involving Prince Harry has been suspended due to harsh conditions but the journey to the South Pole will continue.

  • Jailer praises Mandela: Robben Island jailer Christo Brand

    Mandela's jailer praises the anti-apartheid icon

    Former Robben Island jailer Christo Brand was assigned to guard former South African President Nelson Mandela from 1978 until his release in 1990.

  • US Russia copter deal: In this July 8, 2011 file photo released by the Australian Defense Force, members of the National Interdiction Unit and the Special Operations Task Group await the arrival of two Mi-17 helicopters in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

    Rough ride for US-Russia helicopter deal

    Since the Mi-17 contract was signed, a veil of secrecy still obscures the pact despite its high-dollar value and accusations the Pentagon muffled information.

  • Nelson Mandela: This combination of 2013 file photos shows, from left, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi; Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, and Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

    Few heirs apparent to Mandela's freedom symbol

    Mandela, the revolutionary who emerged from 27 years in prison to embrace his white oppressors and lead a new South Africa, may be one of the last of a breed.

  • Chuck Hagel: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is greeted by military personnel after arriving at International Security Assistance Force Headquarters on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Hagel given assurances on Afghan security deal

    During a trip to Kabul, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel did not to meet with President Karzai, but was assured a deal would be signed in 'a very timely manner.'

  • China air defenze zone: A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island , Minamikojima and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea.

    China: Japan has "no right to criticize" air defense zone

    A statement from China reiterated China's stance that the Diaoyu Islands are part of Chinese sovereign territory which Japan has tried to encroach upon.

  • Britain flight delays: Passengers queue at the flight check-in desk to re-book tickets at London's Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.

    Air traffic glitch fixed after flight delays in UK

    A technical problem affecting the air traffic control system in Britain on Saturday morning has caused delays for thousands of passengers.

  • Mona al-Beltagy, who was found guilty along with other women and girls of obstructing traffic during a pro-Islamist protest in October, smiles during an appeal hearing at a court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

    Jailed Islamist women to go free: Egyptian court

    An appeals court in Alexandria has reduced the sentences of 14 women to one-year suspended terms. Once paperwork is completed, they will be released.

  • Residents gather near damaged cars at a site hit by what activists say was an air raid from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria, on December 7, 2013.

    Activists: Airstrikes in Syria kill at least 13

    Eight air raids hit the rebel-held city of Raqqa on Saturday, killing at least 13 people including four women and five children.

  • Members of the African National Congress Womens League hold candles and sings songs in memory of Nelson Mandela, at night outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Dec. 6, 2013.

    World leaders to honor Nelson Mandela

    Official services will begin on Tuesday in South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela, the nation's first black president, who died on Thursday at the age of 95.

  • Anand Sharma

    Global trade deal reached at WTO summit

    The talks were briefly threatened at the eleventh hour when Cuba objected to removal of a reference to the decades-long U.S. trade embargo.

  • Hong Kong reports 2nd case of H7N9 bird flu in a week

    Hong Kong reports 2nd H7N9 bird flu case

    Hong Kong has reported its second human case of H7N9 bird flu days after the first, raising fears that the virus is spreading beyond mainland China.

  • Combatting London's Knife Crime Epidemic With First Aid Lessons

    Combatting London's Knife Crime Epidemic

    A group of doctors is trying to convince young Britons that stabbings are serious.

  • Eight killed, 20 injured in Colombia bomb attack

    Rebel fighters from the FARC launched hand-made missiles into a house serving as an army and police base. The killed eight and reduced buildings to rubble.

  • Radioactive truck stolen: A container reportedly used to transport cobalt-60 that was being sent from a hospital to a radioactive waste-storage center, is seen at a home near where the dangerous radioactive medical material was found. The truck was found on Wednesday close to where it was stolen outside Mexico City.

    6 detained in Mexico theft of radioactive material

    Six people have been arrested and are being tested for radiation exposure. The six are suspects in the theft of a cargo truck carrying radioactive cobalt-60.

  • Brazalian artist Carlinhos Brown poses with caxirolas, maraca-like instruments he created, at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. The caxirola has been recognized by the Brazilian government and FIFA as the official fan instrument of the 2014 World Cup.

    2014 World Cup noisemakers quieter than vuvuzelas

    The new instrument, a rattle called the caxirola, creates sound pressure levels similar to normal conversation, according to researchers.

  • Auschwitz US guard: A portrait of Hans Lipschis, former Auschwitz concentration camp guard, taken in Germany on April 13, 2013.

    German court releases Auschwitz guard suspect

    The court has concluded Hans Lipschis suffers from the onset of dementia. Lipschis was deported from the U.S. for lying about his Nazi past.

  • Record air pollution in Shanghai delays flights

    Shanghai record air pollution delays flights

    Shrouded in smog, Shanghai issued its severest health warning Friday as its pollution index ranged up to 31 times the recommended levels.

  • Aide to Kim's uncle seeks asylum in South: Media

    According to South Korean media, a man who managed funds for the ousted uncle of leader Kim Jong Un has fled N. Korea and sought asylum in South Korea.

  • Students in Libya remember slain US teacher Ronald Thomas Smith II

    Slain US teacher inspired his students in Libya

    Hailing from Warren, Mich., chemistry teacher Robert Thomas Smith II reached across the world to Libya to inspire his students. He was killed days after an al-Qaida member called upon Libyans to attack US interests everywhere.

  • Thousands in UK face another day of flooding, Storm Xaver

    Europe storm threatens more flooding in UK

    A powerful storm swept across northern Europe, claiming at least eight lives and threatening more mayhem Friday and Saturday.

  • Iran, powers to meet on nuclear deal implementation

    Officials from Iran and six world powers are to meet next week in Vienna, where the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency is based, diplomats said on Friday.

  • Crazy for tango: Dr. Guillermo Honig, right, dances tango with Christine Eydeux, of France, during the "All of us are crazy for tango" program at the psychiatric Hospital Borda in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 13, 2013.

    Argentines teach tango inside mental hospital

    In a hospital where mentally ill men have been treated for 150 years, patients and visitors discover how much they have in common in dance classes open to al

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