LGNN WORLD EDITION December 23, 2013 –MONDAY- Tevet 20, 5774 Vol.I No.13



"News is the propaganda of the truth" -MJS






Mikhail Kalashnikov, Creator of AK-47, Dies at 94

New York Times - ‎4 minutes ago‎
Lt. Gen. Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, the arms designer credited by the Soviet Union with creating the AK-47, the first in a series of rifles and machine guns that would indelibly associate his name with modern war and become the most abundant firearms ever ...

Putin frees his enemies as part of Sochi spin

MiamiHerald.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
MOSCOW -- It came as a shock for both those released and the general public - President Vladimir Putin's move to pardon his foes has allowed him to seize the news agenda in his favor and temper criticism of his rule less than two months before the Sochi ...

US Marines poised to enter South Sudan

CNN - ‎19 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- [Breaking news update, 12:40 p.m.]. The U.S. military is moving about 150 Marines from Spain to Africa, most likely Djibouti, to be prepared to go into South Sudan to either provide security for the U.S.

Rivalries Within North Korean Elite Led to Purge, South's Spy Chief Says

New York Times - ‎56 minutes ago‎
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's intelligence chief said Monday that Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, who was executed this month, apparently had not plotted a coup as Pyongyang had said, but had fallen victim to ...

Rouhani says Iran seeking to rebuild relations with West

Jerusalem Post - ‎4 hours ago‎
Iranian president broaches issue he has so far avoided; says Islamic Republic wants to improve ties with US, Europe. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.

AU troops 'kill' CAR protester

BBC News - ‎34 minutes ago‎
African Union (AU) troops have opened fire on protesters in the Central African Republic (CAR), killing one person, witnesses said.

Ice storm leaves many in Toronto facing a dark, cold Christmas

BBC News - ‎2 minutes ago‎
Residents of Toronto face a Christmas without electricity after a severe ice storm enveloped Canada's biggest city on Sunday. About 219,000 city dwellers were without power as of Monday afternoon, Toronto Hydro reported.

Syria bombards Aleppo, killing hundreds ahead of talks

The Daily Star - ‎36 minutes ago‎
BEIRUT: Syrian warplanes have killed more than 300 people, including 87 children, in an eight-day bombing campaign in the second city of Aleppo a month before planned peace talks.

BA 747 wing clips building at South African airport

USA TODAY - ‎3 minutes ago‎
The wing of a departing British Airways 747-400 jumbo sliced into a brick building at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport as it taxied toward a runway late Sunday night.

Kejriwal firm on his promises, says ready to bite bullet

Times of India - ‎44 minutes ago‎
NEW DELHI: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who is all set to become the chief minister, on Monday said reducing power tariff by 50 per cent, providing 700 litres water free to each household, implementing Jan Lokpal Bill and ending VIP culture will be high on ...

Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi released from Israeli Jail

Ahram Online - ‎1 hour ago‎
Palestinian political prisoner and resistance icon Samer Issawi was released on Monday after spending over 17 months in the Israeli occupation detention centre Shatta Prison.

UPDATE 1-At least 20 people killed in attacks across Iraq - police

Reuters - ‎41 minutes ago‎
... Print. * Security forces raid TV building, kill militants. * String of bombings and shootings hits Baghdad. * Iraq violence at highest levels since 2006-7 (Recasts with nationwide attacks, more details).

Abbas says Jesus was a 'Palestinian messenger'

Businessweek - ‎7 minutes ago‎
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - In a Christmas message, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has referred to Jesus as a "Palestinian" messenger of hope.

UAE sentences American in 'gangsta' mockumentary case

USA TODAY - ‎3 minutes ago‎
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - An American man detained for months in the United Arab Emirates and seven co-defendants were fined and sentenced to jail Monday after being convicted in connection to a satirical video about youth culture in Dubai.

Arewa Condemns Obasanjo-Jonathan Open War Of Letters

CHANNELS - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has reacted to the letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan and the reply by the president, saying that such open altercations should be avoided in favour of confidential ...

2 NATO service members killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A NATO service member was killed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday after coming under direct fire by enemy forces, officials said.

Devyani Khobragade gets exemption from pre-trial court appearance as New ...

Indian Express - ‎1 hour ago‎
Indian Diplomat Devyani Khobragade, accused of underpaying her maid and falsifying the maid's visa documents, has got exemption from personal appearance in a New York court, indicating that India and the US were inching towards resolution of the noisy ...

Despite Protesters' Blockade, Thai Parties Register for Election

New York Times - ‎12 minutes ago‎
BANGKOK - Representatives of Thailand's governing party slipped past a cordon of protesters Monday to register for the coming election, infuriating the party's detractors, who have vowed to suspend democracy until “reforms” are carried out.

Former British MP jailed for faking expense claims

Zee News - ‎18 minutes ago‎
London: Former British minister Dennis MacShane was on Monday jailed for six months for expenses fraud after admitting that he submitted 19 fake receipts amounting to 12,900 pounds.
Guatemala's new anti-impunity commissioner, Ivan Velasquez, arrived to the Central American nation in October with an ambitious agenda.

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Canada's high court: Change prostitution laws updated 2 days ago

Canada's Supreme Court has struck down the country's laws about prostitution.


Helicopter plucks crane operator from fire danger updated 5 days ago

A Canadian Forces crew calmly plucked a terrified crane operator trapped by a smoke-spewing fire in Kingston, Ontario.


Lottery winner gives $40 million jackpot to charity updated 5 days ago

Tom Crist decided to honor his late wife by donating a $40 million lottery win to charity, saying he had enough money.

  • Donald Boyce, who dressed up as Santa Claus, catches a wave in an outrigger canoe off Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 14, 2013.

    Ho, ho, who? Santas around the world

    Be it Père Noël, Father Frost, Weihnachtsmann, or Santa Claus, people around the world have many different names for the jolly, bearded man in the red suit. Here's a look at some of the best Santa appearances around the world.

  • 2 Pussy Riot members freed from Russia prison

    Pussy Riot members freed from Russian prison

    Maria Alyokhina and Nadia Tolokonnikova were released under an amnesty allowing early release from a two-year sentence after a protest against President Vladimir Putin.

  • Plane wing clips building at Johannesburg airport

    Plane wing clips building at Johannesburg airport

    Four people were slightly injured after the wing of a British Airways Boeing 747-400 clipped a building at the Tambo International Airport in South Africa.

  • British retailer Marks and Spencer apologized after a Muslim worker refused to sell alcohol.

    UK store sorry Muslim clerk refused to sell booze

    Thousands threatened to boycott M&S, Britain's biggest clothing retailer, after a worker in London asked a customer to wait as she would not handle champagne.

  • Iceland's hidden elves delay road projects

    Iceland's hidden elves delay road projects

    Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project.

  • Chairman Mao anniversary: A plainclothes security guard, center, monitors tourists as they pass by former Chinese leader Mao Zedong's portrait.

    120 years after birth, Mao's presence lingers

    Sites associated with Mao around the country are getting facelifts as part of an effort to promote "red tourism" and bring development to some of China's least developed areas.

  • Pakistani soldiers stand guard on a snow-covered mountainous region of Lwara Fort along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in North Waziristan.

    Pakistani army launches offensive near Afghan border

    Speculation that the army might launch a major offensive in the frontier tribal areas has been building as the government's attempts to engage the Pakistani Taliban in peace talks have floundered in recent months.

  • Justine Sacco was fired as IAC's corporate communications director after posing a message joking about AIDS in Africa.

    Fired PR executive apologizes for AIDS tweet

    "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!" Justine Sacco, who was IAC's corporate communications director, wrote on Twitter on Friday.

  • Traffic cholitas: An Aymara woman cops practices hand-and-arm signals for directing traffic during a training session in El Alto

    Bolivian city hires 'cholita' traffic policewomen

    The city of El Alto has employed about 20 so-called "traffic cholitas" to direct cars and buses in El Alto in Bolivia's Andes mountains.

  • Thailand protests: Anti-government protesters gather at Ratchaprasong Junction during a mass rally in Bangkok

    Thai protesters seek to block election, baht slumps

    Tens of thousands of protesters rallied across the capital on Sunday as they pressed ahead with their demands that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

  • Spain lottery: Gas station workers celebrate after winning the second prize of the Christmas lottery 'El Gordo'

    Recession-hit Spain holds huge Christmas lottery

    Millions of Spaniards are glued to televisions as the country's cherished Christmas lottery, the world's richest, distributes a bounty of $3.4 billion.

  • Iran sanctions: US National Security Advisor Rice looks up during a meeting between US President Obama and Japanese PM Abe in Russia

    US will seek triggers to reimpose sanctions on Iran

    Susan Rice said it was still unclear if Iran was hurting enough from existing sanctions to give up its nuclear ambitions in a "verifiable way."

  • Freed Khodorkovsky challenges Putin over 'political prisoners'

    Freed tycoon challenges Putin on 'political prisoners'

    Khodorkovsky told reporters in Berlin that "the struggle for power is not for me", but made clear he would put pressure on Putin.

  • Bangladesh Factory Fire: Firefighters battle a fire at a garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh on Nov. 24, 2012

    Bangladesh factory owners charged in deadly fire

    A November 2012 fire at a Bangladeshi garment factory left 112 workers dead. The factory owners and 11 employees now face the possibility of life in prison.

  • CIA support in Colombia: The logo of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

    Report: CIA helped Colombia kill rebel leaders

    According to the Washington Post, a multibillion-dollar program was funded secretly by the U.S., and separately from $9 billion in aid that it has provided to Colombia, mostly in military assistance.

  • In this photo released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan

    Rebels hold key oil capital in South Sudan

    South Sudan gets nearly 99 percent of its government budget from oil revenues, and the country reportedly earned $1.3 billion in oil sales this year.

  • China satellite: The Soyuz VS01 lifts off carrying the first two satellites in Europe's Galileo global positioning system, at the Guiana Space Center in Sinnamary

    In satellite tech race, China hitched a ride from Europe

    Some Chinese researchers play down the role of European technology in the satellite tech race, but it wasn't beginner's luck for China.

  • Ahmed Maher

    Icons of Egypt's protest movement imprisoned

    An Egyptian court has convicted three of the country’s most prominent secular activists involved in the 2011 uprising that brought down Hosni Mubarak.

  • Rodman talks training N Korea basketball players

    Rodman talks training N Korea basketball players

    The former NBA star Dennis Rodman said on Sunday he doesn't feel snubbed that his latest visit to North Korea hasn't yet included a meeting with the country's leader, Kim Jong Un.

  • Smoke rises from a vehicle after what activists said was heavy shelling by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Aleppo on Sunday.

    Syrian helicopter bomb raids kill 42 in Aleppo

    Syrian army helicopters dropped improvised "barrel bombs" in the northern province of Aleppo killing at least 42 people on Sunday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

  • Pro-European Union activists gather in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Ukraine has been stricken with mass protests for over a month, as protesters demand the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych over his decision to ditch a pact with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia. Independence Column at back right.

    Kiev anti-government protest draws 100,000

    Thousands gathered in Kiev to demand the ouster of President Yanukovych and his cabinet after his decision last month to choose ties with Russia the EU.

  • Israeli lawyer is effective voice for Palestinians

    Israeli lawyer is effective voice for Palestinians

    The unlikely champion of the oppressed says he is trying to make Israel better, not advance the Palestinian national cause.

  • Mozambique airliner crashed with autopilot on: experts' report

    A Mozambique Airlines plane carrying 33 people crashed last month, killing all on board. The plane was en route from Maputo, Mozambique, to Luanda, Angola.

  • Bomb explodes on Israeli bus, no one hurt: police

    Bomb explodes on Israeli bus, no one hurt: police

    Photographs from the scene, in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam, showed the blast blew out the vehicle's windows.

  • Top news stories 2013: Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I waves from the window of St Peter's Basilica's balcony

    2013 top news: Prince George, new pope & more

    Topping 2013's bad news were the Boston bombing, concerns over massive government surveillance and a chemical weapon attack. On the up side, a prince was born, a pope chosen, and three Ohio women held captive for 10 years were freed.

  • Georgians mark Stalin's birthday

    Georgians mark Stalin's birthday

    Georgians march with portraits of the late Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in his native town of Gori to mark his birthday.

  • Early end-life plan for elderly in aging Japan

    Early end-life plan for elderly in aging Japan

    Eroding traditions and changing demographics mean many of Japan's seniors lack younger relatives to look after their affairs or their graves.

  • Al-Qaida apology: Heavy damage after an explosion at the Defense Ministry complex in Sanaa, Yemen.

    Al-Qaida in Yemen apologizes for hospital attack

    Qassim al-Rimi, commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, apologized for the Dec 5. attack which killed 52 people.

  • Cricket holy war: Cricket training in Rome

    Anglicans vs. Vatican in a cricket holy war

    A Vatican challenge to meet on the cricket field at Lord's in London has been accepted by the Church of England. The two teams will play in September 2014.

  • People wearing gas masks and face masks pose with Santa Claus, during a protest against air pollution in Skopje, Macedonia, on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.

    Macedonia extends anti-pollution measures

    The measures include instructions to private and public sector firms to allow pregnant women and employees over 60 to stay at home.

  • American military aircraft hit in South Sudan: Force Commander Maj. Gen. Delali Sakyi of Ghana prepares to lay flowers

    American military aircraft hit in South Sudan

    Three U.S. service members were wounded when their aircraft were hit by rebel fire in South Sudan on Saturday.

  • Egypt sends Mursi to trial in third case: Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi

    Egypt sends Mohamed Mursi to trial in third case

    Egypt referred to trial deposed President Mohamed Mursi and 129 others on murder and other charges related to a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising.

  • Vatican reform: Pope Francis addresses the Vatican Curia in the Clementine hall at the Vatican on Saturday

    Pope warns against mediocrity, gossip in Vatican

    Pope Francis said he wants Vatican officials to display professionalism and competence as well as holiness in their lives.

  • Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, attends the India Studies Stony Brook University fundraiser event in Long Island, New York, December 8, 2013.

    India transfers diplomat to UN in bid to defuse row with US

    The accreditation of Devyani Khobragade as a member of India's U.N. mission leads to a way out of the dispute could depend on the U.S. State Department approving her transfer.

  • NSA targets Israel: Satellite dishes are seen at GCHQ's outpost at Bude, close to where trans-Atlantic fiber-optic cables come ashore in England.

    NSA, UK agency 'targeted Israel PM, EU officials'

    American and British intelligence agencies monitored prominent targets in dozens of nations, according to newspaper reports.

  • Thai opposition party to boycott general election: Former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva

    Thai opposition party to boycott general election

    The main opposition party in Thailand said it would boycott February's general election, deepening a weekslong political crisis.

  • Cuba to eliminate currency pegged to dollar: Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, and Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel

    Cuba to eliminate currency pegged to dollar

    Cuba will eliminate its double-currency system, which had become a symbol of economic inequality among its people.

  • Iran sanctions: A general view of Bushehr nuclear power plant is seen in 2010.

    Iran threatens retaliation to proposed sanctions

    In response to a Senate bill that threatens new sanctions on Iran, lawmakers there say they are considering a measure to increase Iran's nuclear enrichment.

  • A member of the public looks at the main memorial stone in memory of the victims of Pan Am flight 103 bombing in the garden of remembrance at Dryfesdale Cemetery, near Lockerbie, Scotland. Saturday Dec. 21, 2013. Pan Am flight 103 was blown apart above the Scottish border town of Lockerbie on Dec. 21, 1988. All 269 passengers and crew on the flight and 11 people on the ground were killed in the bombing.

    Memorials mark Lockerbie bombing anniversary

    Pan Am flight 103 was blown apart above the Scottish border town of Lockerbie on Dec. 21, 1988. 269 passengers and crew and 11 people on the ground were killed.

  • Robespierre: This 3D reconstruction released by VisualForensic shows the face of Maximilian de Robespierre, according to two French researchers.

    Robespierre gets 3D makeover, possible diagnosis

    Two researchers have reconstructed the face of Maximilian de Robespierre and indicated the French revolutionary may have had a rare autoimmune disease.

  • Libyan intelligence official assassinated

    The head of Libya's military intelligence in Benghazi was killed at his home in Darna, a stronghold of Islamic extremist militia group Ansar al-Shariah.

  • Canada prostitution laws struck down by Supreme Court

    Canada's prostitution laws struck down

    In a 9-0 sweep, Canada's Supreme Court struck down all restrictions on prostitution and invited Parliament to come up with other ways to regulate the sex trade.

  • Australia standoff: Dramatic End to Standoff at Parliament

    Dramatic End to Standoff at Australia Parliament

    Police officers in New South Wales, Australia, rushed a car, breaking windows and spraying fire extinguishers after a man inside threatened to set himself on fire outside the Parliament building.

  • Mafia toxic waste dumping poisons Italy farmlands: Naples, southern Italy

    Mafia's toxic waste poisons Italy farmlands

    Farmlands near Naples are contaminated by the Mafia's multibillion-dollar racket of disposing toxic waste, estimated at nearly 10 million tons, officials say.

  • North Korea fax: Kim Jong Un watches a live shell firing drill at the southwest sector of the front line in an undated photo provided by Korean Central News Agency on March 14, 2013.

    N. Korea fax threatens destruction without notice

    The North is apparently prepared to deliver 'merciless retaliation without notice' upon its South Korean neighbors — except by fax.

  • Irish right-to-die campaigner has died: Marie Fleming

    Ireland's right-to-die campaigner has died

    In April, Ireland's Supreme Court rejected Marie Fleming's appeal to let partner Tom Curran help her commit suicide. Curran was with her when she died Friday.

  • Putin archrival Mikhail Khodorkovsky, oil tycoon, released from prison after 10 years

    Putin's freed archrival arrives in Germany

    Russian President Vladimir Putin's pardon of his archrival Mikhail Khodorkovsky after 10 years in prison was a surprise as is the tycoon's release 24 hours later.






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