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Tweet Follow me BloombergDec. 26 (Bloomberg) –- Chertoff Group Principal Richard Falkenrath and Adam Johnson discuss Edward Snowden’s Christmas message broadcast on Britain’s Channel 4 on Bloomberg Television’s “Lunch Money.” (Source: Bloomberg). Please enable …Edward Snowden Releases Christmas MessageFox News (blog)Edward Snowden is wrong: His mission has not been accomplished.Washington Post (blog)Snowden calls for ending “mass surveillance”XinhuaIrish Independent...

Tweet Follow me CBC.caWhistleblower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has appeared in a televised Christmas message released by British TV station Channel 4. In his message, Snowden says modern surveillance was more invasive than any envisioned in George …Edward Snowden offers Christmas messageMSNBCEdward Snowden is wrong: His mission has not been accomplished.Washington Post (blog)Snowden urges end to mass government surveillanceXinhuaIrish Independent –Irish Examiner –ZDNetall 150 news...

Tweet Follow me Telegraph.co.ukPIC NOTE: Qilai Shen ([email protected]) is doing photographs for this. Malcolm has his contacts in case there are any problems. Mao Tse-tung’s former Shanghai residence, a two-story lane house where the Communist revolutionary lived nearly a …Xi: Holding high the banner of Mao “forever”XinhuaChina marks Mao’s 120th birthday as tensions over his legacy lingerSydney Morning HeraldMao Zedong made ‘mistakes’, says Chinese presidentHindustan...

Tweet Follow me New York TimesISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An American development consultant abducted by Al Qaeda in Pakistan more than two years ago has urged the Obama administration to help secure his freedom in an impassioned video message released by the group.American abducted in Pakistan calls for US help, says he feels ‘abandoned’Fox NewsAmerican held hostage by Al Qaeda begs U.S. for helpNew York Daily NewsAmerican Kidnapped in Pakistan Says He’s ‘Forgotten And Abandoned’TIMECNN...

Tweet Follow me ReutersBEIJING (Reuters) – China celebrated the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, on Thursday, but with scaled-back festivities as President Xi Jinping embarks on broad economic reforms that have unsettled leftists. Mao has become a …The man who photographs Mao statuesBBC NewsChina marks Mao’s 120th birthday as tensions over his legacy lingerSydney Morning HeraldMao Zedong made ‘mistakes’, says Chinese presidentHindustan TimesVoice of America...

Tweet Follow me Sydney Morning HeraldChina marked the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s birth on Thursday, feting the Communist revolutionary with concerts of patriotic songs, visits to his mausoleum in Tiananmen Square, broadcasts of TV docu-dramas and exhibits of calligraphy and …The man who photographs Mao statuesBBC NewsChina Observes Mao’s Birthday With Mixed FeelingsVoice of AmericaXi: Holding high banner of Mao “forever”XinhuaWashington Post –Reuters –Businessweekall...

Tweet Follow me CNN(CNN) — As the weather goes, there’s good news and bad news. First the good news: Travelers heading home Thursday shouldn’t run into any more storms. The National Weather Service predicts “tranquil weather” for the rest of the week. Only Michigan and …Turkey Stowed in Trunk as Canada Faces Cold, Dark Christmas (1)BusinessweekPower restoration continues in Toronto; Eastern Canada braces for another blast …CTV NewsIce storm effects linger as tens of thousands...

Tweet Follow me USA TODAYISLAMABAD (AP) — A 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaeda more than two years ago appealed to President Obama in a video released Thursday to negotiate his release, saying he feels “totally abandoned …American worker kidnapped by Al-Qaida appeals to ObamaJewish Telegraphic AgencyAmerican held by al Qaeda in Pakistan urges Obama for helpReutersAmerican kidnapped in Pakistan begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda for his …NBCNews.comWashington...

Tweet Follow me CBS NewsTens of thousands of homes and businesses from Maine to Michigan and into Canada that have been without electricity since last weekend’s massive ice storm across the Great Lakes and Northeast may not get their power back for another day — or longer.Ice storm effects linger as tens of thousands still in darkCBC.caMay be Friday before power back in Maine, Mich.Houston ChronicleThousands left without power in US and CanadaUSA TODAYThe Independent –Fox Newsall 898 news articles ...

Tweet Follow me BBC NewsThailand’s government has rejected calls to delay February’s election, amid increasingly violent protests in which a policeman has been shot dead. The Electoral Commission urged the postponement over safety fears for candidates on the campaign trail.Thai Election Commission Seeks to Delay Vote as Violence FlaresBloombergThai election body urges delay in polls after clashes kill 1, injure 96CTV NewsPolice officer killed in violent clashes with protesters firing sling shots on...

Tweet Follow me Voice of AmericaBEIJING — China celebrated the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s birth Thursday, with top leaders paying a ceremonial visit to Mao’s mausoleum and praising the achievements of the man who founded the People’s Republic of China. While the …China marks Mao Zedong’s 120th birthday anniversaryBBC NewsXi: Holding high banner of Mao “forever”XinhuaMuted celebrations as China remembers Chairman MaoeuronewsWashington Post –Reuters –Getty...

Tweet Follow me ReutersTOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a shrine on Thursday that is seen by critics as a symbol of Tokyo’s wartime aggression, infuriating China and South Korea and prompting concern from the United States about deteriorating ties …China condemns Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s Yasukuni shrine visitBBC NewsJapan PM’s visit to controversial war shrine draws protest from China, South KoreaFox NewsYasukuni war shrine: what is its importance?Telegraph.co.ukBloomberg...

Tweet Follow me ReutersISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s opposition accused scandal-hit Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of trying to rule via a secretive “deep state”, after a cabinet reshuffle that would tighten controls on police already beleaguered by government-ordered …Bershidsky on Europe: Turkey in UpheavalBloombergErdogan Overhauls Cabinet as Inner Circle Cracks in Graft ProbeBusinessweekUnder Mounting Pressure, Turkey Premier Shuffles CabinetWall Street JournalFinancial...

Tweet Follow me BBC NewsWhatever Shinzo Abe says, any visit to the Yasakuni shrine by a Japanese prime minister is deeply political and sure to cause offence. In the 1960s and 70s, the spirits of scores of convicted Japanese war criminals were “enshrined” there. The most …Japan’s PM sparks tension in Asia with visit to WWII shrineTelegraph.co.ukJapan PM’s visit to Yasukuni war shrine infuriates ChinaAFPAbe Condemned for Yasukuni VisitVoice of AmericaNBCNews.com –New York Times...

Tweet Follow me RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyRussia has completed the process of formally dropping criminal charges against all Greenpeace activists arrested in a protest over Arctic oil drilling. Charges against Italian Cristian D’Alessandro, the last of 30 activists and crew members of the Arctic Sunrise …Russia Drops Criminal Charges Against Greenpeace ActivistsTIMEActivist Jonathan Jon Beauchamp at a detention hearing at the Kalininskiy Court …The AustralianRussia issues exit visa to first...

Tweet Follow me USA TODAYFrigid temperatures offered no respite from the ice pulling down utility poles and power lines across Michigan and the northeastern USA, and tens of thousands remained without electricity days after an ice storm barreled through. Twenty-seven deaths have …Ice storm leaves half a million in dark in US and Canadagulfnews.comPower may not come back for some until Friday in parts of US, CanadaFox News all 795 news articles …read more Source: World News By Google ...

Tweet Follow me BBC NewsThai security forces in the capital have fired tear gas at protesters who were trying to prevent parties from registering for February’s elections. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called a snap election after weeks of protests that demanded an unelected …Thai police officer killed in clashes in BangkokHouston ChronicleClashes break out as Thai protesters try to derail pollReutersThai police say 1 officer has been killed in anti-government protests in BangkokWashington PostRT...

Tweet Follow me USA TODAYCAIRO (AP) — A bomb blast hit a public bus in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Thursday, wounding five people, the Interior Ministry said, in an attack that raised concerns that a wave of violence blamed on Islamic militants that has targeted security forces and …Bomb blast hits bus near university in Egypt capitalLos Angeles TimesFive injured after bus explosion in CairoTelegraph.co.ukUPDATE 1-Bomb blast hits bus in Cairo, four injuredReutersgulfnews.com –Xinhua –Businessweekall...

Tweet Follow me USA TODAYBANGKOK (AP) — Rock-throwing protesters trying to halt preparations for elections fought police in the Thai capital on Thursday, escalating their campaign to topple the country’s beleaguered government. At least 48 people were wounded, three of them …Amid Clashes, Thailand’s Election Commission Calls for Delay in VoteVoice of AmericaClashes break out as Thai protesters try to derail pollReutersThai poll body urges election delay after clashesAFPIndian Express –Boston.com...

Tweet Follow me BusinessweekTurkish central bank Governor Erdem Basci’s attempt to buy himself time to boost the lira amid a corruption probe took a beating after a third minister resigned and urged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to do the same. The lira weakened 0.2 percent to …Corruption Scandal Is Edging Near Turkish PremierNew York TimesTurkey’s Erdogan Revamps CabinetRadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyCall for Erdogan to quit as he is engulfed in corruption scandalThe Times (subscription)Reuters...