LGNN WORLD EDITION December 31, 2013 –TUESDAY- Tevet 28, 5774 Vol.I No.13



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Putin vows to annihilate 'terrorists' after suicide bombings

Reuters UK - ‎37 minutes ago‎
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday vowed to annihilate all "terrorists" following two deadly bomb attacks in the southern Russian city of Volgograd that raised security fears ahead of the Winter Olympics.

US releases last 3 Uighurs from Guantanamo Bay

CBS News - ‎22 minutes ago‎
MIAMI - Slovakia has accepted three prisoners from Guantanamo Bay who had posed a difficult resettlement challenge, helping the U.S.

Apple denies creating iPhone 'backdoor' for NSA, vows to defend users

Los Angeles Times
14 minutes ago
Written by
Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has released a statement denying having worked with the National Security Agency to create a "backdoor" for the government to have complete access to users' iPhones.

What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace

NPR - ‎3 hours ago‎
On Tuesday, Israel released another two-dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted of violent crimes against Israelis. It's the third of four groups to be released before their sentences are up, part of a confidence-building deal that helped restart peace ...

Revelers welcome 2014 with huge fireworks displays

Wall Street Journal - ‎12 minutes ago‎
CANBERRA, Australia - With fireworks, dancing and late-night reverie, millions around the world welcomed 2014 on Tuesday, gathering for huge displays of jubilation and unity as the new year arrived across 24 time zones.

New Year's Eve: Should Jews party like the rest of the world?

Jerusalem Post - ‎2 hours ago‎
The name reached Israel, seemingly due to the Ashkenazi influence, which is rather ironic since Sylvester is also known to have been viciously anti-Semitic; and according to the Jewish literacy website SimpleToRemember.com, January 1st was a day on ...

South Sudan rebels agree to ceasefire talks as fighting rages

Reuters India - ‎55 minutes ago‎
JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's government and rebels agreed a ceasefire on Tuesday, mediators said, though there was no immediate confirmation from either side or sign of an end to ethnic fighting that has ravaged the world's youngest nation.

Putin Says He's Ready for Dialogue in New Year's Letter to Obama

RIA Novosti - ‎7 minutes ago‎
MOSCOW, December 31 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin sent Christmas and New Year congratulations to US President Barack Obama on Tuesday, confirming Russia's readiness to engage in dialogue to enhance bilateral cooperation with ...

Volgograd blasts: Putin vows to 'annihilate terrorists'

BBC News - ‎2 minutes ago‎
Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to fight "terrorists until their complete annihilation", in his first comment on two suicide attacks in the southern city of Volgograd.

South Sudan rebels agree to ceasefire talks as fighting rages

Reuters India - ‎56 minutes ago‎
JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan's government and rebels agreed a ceasefire on Tuesday, mediators said, though there was no immediate confirmation from either side or sign of an end to ethnic fighting that has ravaged the world's youngest nation.

Kerry to offer outline of Mideast peace deal

USA TODAY - ‎2 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry will present Israel and the Palestinians the broad outlines of what a final Mideast peace agreement could look like when he travels to the region this week, the State Department said.

Don't be blind to refugees and the needy – Pope Francis

GMA News - ‎6 minutes ago‎
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis urged the people of Rome not to let the beauty of their city to blind them to the growing number of homeless, refugees, and unemployed living among them.

Rocket sets bus afire, killing 25, Syrian opposition group says

CNN International - ‎1 hour ago‎
(CNN) -- At least 25 people were killed Tuesday when a rocket struck a bus in Syria's commercial capital of Aleppo, the opposition Aleppo Media Center said.

Bangladesh court orders arrest of apparel factory owner, five others

CNN - ‎2 hours ago‎
Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) -- A Dhaka court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of six people, including the owner of Tazreen Fashions Ltd.

Iran talks end on a positive note

The Hindu - ‎1 hour ago‎
Iran's technical talks with the six global powers have ended on a positive note, raising hopes that an agreement on implementing the Geneva nuclear accord could be reached shortly during political consultations.

Iron ore miners wait to assess Australian cyclone damage

Reuters UK - ‎13 hours ago‎
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Iron ore miners were waiting for conditions to ease before assessing damage caused by a cyclone that ripped across northwest Australia on Tuesday, closing ports and threatening mining operations in the sparsely populated Pilbara ...

Behind Assad's Comeback, a Mismatch in Commitments

Wall Street Journal - ‎10 minutes ago‎
In the early days of the Syrian rebellion, U.S. intelligence agencies made a prediction: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's days were numbered, an assessment repeated publicly by President Barack Obama and top U.S.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un visits country's ski resort, gives it an A+

New York Daily News - ‎1 hour ago‎
It could be the next A-list ski resort. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has been seen inspecting his country's new ski attraction: Masik Pass resort.

Turkish minister says fending off 'mini-coup attempt'

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's government said on Tuesday it was fending off a "mini coup attempt" by elements in the police and judiciary who served the interests of foreign and domestic forces bent on humbling the country.

"No rapper-style popewear for him": Pope Francis named Best Dressed Man of ...

The Independent - ‎1 hour ago‎
Pope Francis has been named 'Best Dressed Man of 2013' by Esquire magazine, beating Hollywood superstars Bradley Cooper and Chris Pine with his clean-cut papal outfits.

Putin sends new year's greetings to Obama

USA TODAY - ‎48 minutes ago‎
President Obama and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had their ups and downs in 2013, but that didn't stop Putin from sending new year's greetings to the U.S.

Cameroon gunmen free French priest

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
A French Catholic priest kidnapped in Cameroon on 13 November has been released, French President Francois Hollande said in an official statement.

Prince William Goes Back to School

ABC News - ‎5 hours ago‎
Now, talk about big man on campus. Back to hitting the books for the duke of cambridge. Prince william, moving away from his 5-month-old son and his wife, kate.

Thousands block Central African Republic flights

Business Recorder - ‎1 hour ago‎
image BANGUI: Thousands of people caught up in fighting in Central African Republic blocked the runway of its international airport on Tuesday, demanding more aid and the resignation of the president.

US frees last 3 Uighur prisoners from Guantanamo

Businessweek - ‎1 hour ago‎
MIAMI (AP) - Three members of a persecuted ethnic minority from China have been released from Guantanamo Bay and sent to the Central European country of Slovakia, officials said Tuesday, resolving a diplomatic dilemma that had kept the men ...

Diplomat arrest row: US envoy expresses regret

The Hindu - ‎16 minutes ago‎
U.S. Ambassador Nancy Powell on Tuesday used a New Year message to express regret for “the circumstances” of the arrest of Indian Deputy Consul-General Devyani Khobragade even as the two countries continued to stick to their positions on the issue.

Richard Haass talks: Back at a crossroads

BBC News - ‎41 minutes ago‎
Richard Haass talks: Back at a crossroads. O'Sullivan and Haass Professor Meghan O'Sullivan and Dr Richard Hass were unable to reach an agreement with the Northern Ireland parties.
 South Sudan: Rebels, army forces clash
Part of a picturesque toll highway that tourists use to travel between the Mexican towns of Ensenada and Tijuana collapsed, civil protection officials said.

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Villagers in Guyana work together to build a library with donated books and computers.


17 migrants die when their intercepted boat capsizes at Turks and Caicos updated 5 days ago

At least 17 people died and about 55 others were rescued after a boat capsizes near the Turks and Caicos Islands. 33 of rescued will be repatriated to Haiti.


Guatemala's anti-impunity commissioner thinks big updated 9 days ago

Guatemala's new anti-impunity commissioner, Ivan Velasquez, arrived to the Central American nation in October with an ambitious agenda.

  • Police, military out in force in bomb-hit Russian city: Site of trolleybus blast

    Security upped in bomb-hit Russian city

  • Trapped ship passengers can't go overboard with New Year's celebrations

    On trapped ship, no going overboard for New Year

  • New Year celebration

    What a year: Stunning photos highlight 2013

    Our selection of the most iconic, stunning and representative images of 2013.

  • Thai PM seeks reconciliation despite threat of more protests

    Thai PM seeks reconciliation despite protest threats

    As Thailand's prime minister posts a Facebook message asking for a peaceful solution to the country's crisis, protesters threaten to shut down Bangkok.

  • Iranian official: Progress made in Iran nuclear talks with world powers

    Iran official: Progress in nuclear talks with powers

    In a third meeting, which lasted nearly 23 hours, world powers and Iran again sought specifics on Iran's curb of its nuclear program and lifting of sanctions.

  • Northern Ireland peace talks end without deal

    Northern Ireland talks end without deal

    All-night talks chaired by U.S. peace envoy Richard Haass have failed to produce an accord in Northern Ireland.

  • Workers at one of maquiladoras of the TECMA group prepare to raise the U.S. flag along with the Mexican and TECMA flags in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. TECMA currently has 14 maquiladora plants in Ciudad Juarez.

    NAFTA didn't close Mexico wage gap after 20 years

    It's hard to remember the country before the North American Free Trade Agreement but a majority of Mexicans have seen little benefit in income.

  • Religious extremism blamed for Xinjiang attack

    Religious extremism blamed for Xinjiang attack

    Xingjiang police say nine suspects who may be responsible for a recent "terrorist attack" in which eight people were killed may be Muslim Uighurs.

  • A man walks past burnt-out shops in Malakal

    Fighting erupts in South Sudan flashpoint town

    Despite a deadline for an end to hostilities nearing, South Sudanese forces fought rebels on the outskirts of the flashpoint town of Bor.

  • China steamed buns: Tourists from Guangdong province order similar food to what Chinese President Xi Jinping ate the day before

    China president sets off steamed bun craze

    President Xi Jinping shocked patrons and restaurant staff when he visited the restaurant on Saturday, paid for his food and carried his own tray.

  • French priest kidnapped in November freed

    France President Francois Hollande's office confirmed that a priest kidnapped in Cameroon in mid-November has been set free.

  • Israel Palestinian prisoners: Relatives of Israelis who were killed by Palestinians hold signs as they protest in Jerusalem's Old City

    Israel frees Palestinian prisoners, pushes settlements

    Most of the 26 inmates freed were convicted of killing Israelis and almost all were jailed before the first Israeli-Palestinian interim peace deals were signed.

  • Greek prison system collapsing, labeled inhuman

    'Inhuman' Greek prison system collapsing

    As Greece melts down economically, its prison populations are surging as funds are shrinking, a toxic mix that officials warn could explode in violence.

  • Congo attack: Congolese security officers position themselves as they secure the street near the state television headquarters in the capital Kinshasa, Dec. 30, 2013.

    Congo's army repels attacks, dozens killed

    Government officials said the assault was carried out by untrained youths with aged military equipment and appeared to be more of a political statement.

  • Myanmar detainees: A worker prepares for a New Year countdown party at Yangon, Myanmar.

    Myanmar to free most political detainees by end of year

    Myanmar's reformist president granted a pardon Monday to people convicted of or charged with a variety of political offenses.

  • Security forces patrol outside the Faculty of Commerce, where a fire burns after a student was killed under disputed circumstances during clashes, at al-Azhar University, in the Nasr City suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.

    Egypt holds 4 journalists for 'false news'

    Four Al Jazeera journalists were arrested in Egypt after the network was accused of broadcasting illegally from a hotel suite.

  • Sochi Olympics, Russia bombing: Police officers detain people who gathered for an unsanctioned event in downtown Volgograd, Russia, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.

    Will the Olympics be safe in Russia?

    The violence in Russia raises security concerns before the Olympics, which start on February 7 in Sochi.

  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not welcome in China after visiting shrine to Japan's war dead

    China says Japan PM not welcome after war shrine visit

    Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni shrine in central Tokyo had seriously hurt relations between the countries and shut the door for dialogue between their leaders.

  • Lebanese teenager killed: Lebanese students of the private Hariri High School, named after a prominent assassinated Sunni leader, mourn for 6-year-old Mohammed Shaar, who was one of seven people killed in a car bomb that ripped through the upscale downtown district of Beirut, during his memorial ceremony, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Dec. 30

    In a selfie, a slain Lebanese teen's last moments

    Mohammed Shaar, 16, was one of seven people killed in a car bomb that ripped through the upscale downtown district of Beirut on Dec. 30.

  • El Salvador volcano: The Chaparrastique volcano spews ash in the municipality of San Miguel Dec. 29, 2013.

    El Salvador volcano emits more ash, gases

    There were no immediate reports of injuries in the San Miguel region, where the volcano is located.

  • Mexico scenic highway collapses

    Scenic Mexico highway collapses after small earthquakes

    Aerial video shows a dramatic scenic highway collapsed along Mexico's coast connecting Ensenada and Tijuana.

  • A man walks past a shop selling decorations ahead of New Years Eve in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Dec. 30, 2013.

    Israel likes a party but is torn about New Year's

    Almost everyone has to work the next day, giving the whole enterprise a somewhat underground, guilt-ridden feel.

  • Bahrain says weapons seized, car bomb defused

    More than 65 people have been killed in violence in Bahrain since protests led by the country's Shiite majority began in Feb. 2011.

  • Japanese homeless recruited for murky Fukushima cleanup

    Japan's homeless recruited for nuclear cleanup

    Short on workers, the world's biggest nuclear cleanup project at Japan's Fukushima plant includes homeless people being paid less than minimum wage.

  • Nazi-looted art discovered in German parliament: Report

    Nazi-looted art found in German parliament: Report

    The Bundestag said an art historian was reviewing two "suspicious cases" of Nazi-looted art, but a spokesman would not confirm the find.

  • Emergency services personnel work at the site of a bomb blast on a trolleybus in Volgograd.

    2nd blast in Russian city kills 14 on trolleybus

    The explosion came a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 17 people in the main railway station of Volgograd.

  • 70 journalists killed in 2013: Committee to Protect Journalists

    70 journalists killed on the job in 2013: Report

    The Committee to Protect Journalists, which tracks deaths of reporters and broadcasters, says most journalists killed in 2013 were covering Syria's civil war.

  • In this photo taken Sunday, March 4, 2012, Chinese delegates attending a meeting at the Great Hall of the People smoke cigarettes in Beijing, China. China's state media said Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, China has banned its officials from smoking in public to set an example to the rest of the country that has the world's largest number of smokers.

    China bans officials from smoking in public

    New rules in China, which anti-smoking campaigners hope will help usher in a national law banning smoking in public places, call on officials to lead by example.

  • Thailand Alzheimers care: A Thai caretaker gently massages the face of Loulou, a 91-year-old Alzheimer patient from Switzerland

    Some with Alzheimer's find care in far-off nations

    Some experts say uprooting people with Alzheimer's will add to their sense of displacement, though others say quality of care is more important than location.

  • Volgograd bombings

    Russian bombs spark fears ahead of Olympics

    The Russian city of Volgograd has been hit with two suspected suicide bombs in two days.

  • German ambassador's residence attack: Police experts search for evidence outside the German ambassador's residence in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

    Shots fired at German envoy's Athens home

    At least four shots hit the metal gate of the high-security residence in the Greek capital early Monday morning.

  • Italy garment industry: A Chinese immigrant look on as police officers conduct a check at the Shen Wu textile factory in Prato on Dec 9

    Italy's garment workshops boom, workers suffer

    Police are cracking down on a garment industry that is booming but blighted by illegality and sweatshop conditions.

  • Smoke pours out after an explosion at Volgograd railway station, in Volograd Russia on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

    16 killed in suicide bombing in Russia's south

    The second deadly attack in southern Russia in three days will bolster fears of attacks by Islamist militants as Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • A general view of the Sirte Oil Company in Brega.

    Libyan oil guards threaten to block gas pipeline to Tripoli

    In a new sign of protest, members of the Petroleum Protection Force said they might block a gas pipeline running from the east to Tripoli.

  • Police say 8 dead in terrorist attack in China

    Police in China's western region of Xinjiang say they killed eight people during a "terrorist attack" Monday on a police station.

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    $0.60 for cake: Al-Qaida records every expense

    Al-Qaida is obsessed with documenting the most minute expenses in parts of the world like Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq, recording purchases as small as a single light bulb on scraps of paper and Post-it notes.

  • Sudan displacement: A displaced child stands in front of the makeshift tents where she and others live next to shipping containers at a UN compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

    Fear pulses through crowded S. Sudan refugee camp

    The United Nations estimates at least 180,000 people have been displaced during the 15 days of fighting in South Sudan.

  • Saudi military pledge: Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, right, meets with the U.N, humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut.

    Saudi to give Lebanon $3B to strengthen army

    Lebanon's president has announced a $3 billion grant from Saudi Arabia to help support and strengthen the Lebanese army.


Warring Factions In South Sudan Agree

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New Year's Celebrations Begin Around The World With Fireworks

New Year

Egypt Pushes Through With Brutal Crackdown On Muslim Brotherhood


New York Times Benghazi Report Hardly Exonerates The White House

Benghazi September Compound Burned

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Bangladesh Factory Owners To Face Homicide Charges

Bangladesh Factory Fire

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Erupting Volcano Forces 19,000 To Evacuate

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Two Suicide Bombs In As Many Days Kill Dozens In Southern Russia

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