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Dennis Rodman leaves North Korea without meeting Kim Jong Un – CNN

CNNBeijing (CNN) — Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman left North Korea without meeting the country’s leader Kim Jong Un but praised the local basketball players he trained there. “They are awesome,” Rodman told CNN while in transit at Beijing …Kim’s executed uncle may have lost business conflictThe Globe and MailNorth Korea purge: What lies […]

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Partnership With Chinese App Store Shines A Light On The Hidden World Of … – TechCrunch

TechCrunchJailbreak releases for new iOS products are major events. In the early years, release teams would celebrate major holidays with a new jailbreak or SIM unlock and millions of anxious users would rush for the latest software. Much has stayed the same – the …Shazam iPhone app now listens for music, TV shows automaticallySydney Morning […]

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Syrian Blast Kills Students – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaIn eastern Syria, students are reported among the dead from a car bomb explosion near a primary school in the province of Homs. State-run media say the attack in the town of Umm al-Amed killed eight people, including six children. Opposition activists …At least 44 killed as Assad helicopters bomb AleppoThe IndependentGovernment airstrikes […]

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8 schoolkids among dozens killed in series of air strikes on Syria – Hindustan Times

Hindustan TimesDozens of people were killed in an eighth day of air strikes on Aleppo in Syria on Sunday, a watchdog said, as a bombing in Homs killed five schoolchildren. “Dozens of people were killed or wounded” in attacks that saw loyalist warplanes drop so-called …Air strikes on Syria’s Aleppo kill dozensSydney Morning HeraldSyria war: […]

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Space station emergency repairs successful – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldThe first in a series of emergency spacewalks to fix a cooling system on the International Space Station were completed on Friday evening (Australian time). The repair mission went so well that the two spacewalkers, NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and …Spacewalkers do repairs more quickly than expected — and stay dryNBCNews.comSpace suit issue […]

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NASA’s spacewalk slamdunk marred by glitch – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldThe first in a series of emergency spacewalks to fix a cooling system failure on the International Space Station were completed on Friday evening Australia time. The repair mission went so well that the two spacewalkers, NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio …Astronauts begin International Space Station repairsBBC NewsAstronauts nail first spacewalk to fix station’s […]

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Google celebrates crossword puzzle’s 100th anniversary – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO — Crossword puzzle fans have a delightful doodle to work out on Google’s home page through the weekend. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle, the Google home page is an interactive crossword puzzle.32 down: How Google celebrates 100 years of crosswordsCNETThe world’s very first crossword puzzle, 100 years […]

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NSA Dragnet Included Allies, Aid Groups and Business Elite – New York Times

New York TimesSecret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of American and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations, foreign energy companies and a European Union official involved …Snowden files || Responding to reports it spied on Israel, White House says ‘all …HaaretzNSA, British […]

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BlackBerry shares surge 15.5% on Foxconn deal – USA TODAY

USA TODAYShares of BlackBerry surged 15.5% Friday to close at $7.22 after the company announced a five-year partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. The primary focus of the deal will be creating a smartphone for Indonesia and “other fast-growing …Racing to Remake BlackBerryWall Street JournalBlackberry’s down (way down) but not quite outChristian Science MonitorBlackBerry steps back […]

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NSA, GCHQ targeted wide spectrum of foreign interests, including allies, heads … – Washington Post

Washington PostBritish and U.S. spy agencies targeted the office of an Israeli prime minister, the heads of international aid organizations and a European Union official who oversees antitrust issues involving U.S. technology firms, according to secret documents. The targets …Israel unmoved by reports that US, UK intelligence spied on Olmert, Barak in 2009Jerusalem PostSecret documents […]

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Bill Gates gave this woman a cow. What will Shaq-a Claus give? – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury NewsOne woman got a Secret Santa present way better than a Chia pet: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates gave her a cow. Gates is one of several celebrity participants in internet community Reddit’s Secret Santa event. There’s also Shaq, Arnold Schwarzenegger, …Secret Santa turns out to be Bill GatesThe AustralianBill Gates gives secret […]

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Putin ‘to pardon’ jailed former oil tycoon Khodorkovsky – BBC News

BBC NewsMr Putin said he had received a request from Khodorkovsky – in custody for a decade – to pardon him on humanitarian grounds as his mother is ill. Khodorkovsky’s representatives said they needed to meet him before commenting but that the family would be …UPDATE 4-Putin to pardon jailed tycoon KhodorkovskyReutersVladimir Putin annual press […]

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Fresh Gunfire in S. Sudan Capital After Alleged Coup Attempt – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaFresh fighting erupted in South Sudan’s capital on Tuesday, a day after President Salva Kiir said his government had stopped an attempted coup. Witnesses in the capital, Juba, say sporadic gunfire could be heard throughout the day as soldiers patrolled the …Gunfire erupts in South Sudan’s capital JubaSydney Morning HeraldThousands seek refuge from […]

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‘Homeland’ hits audience high in Season 3 finale – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBrody’s death brought a record audience to Showtime’s Homeland on Sunday. The Season 3 finale drew 2.4 million viewers for its initial broadcast and 2.9 million for the night, both records for the series. Viewers saw Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) hanged …Shock but No Awe in ‘Homeland’ Season’s EndNew York TimesPostmortem: Homeland Boss on […]

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Senators McCain, Murphy join massive Ukraine anti-government protest … – Fox News

Fox NewsDec. 15, 2013: U.S. Senator John McCain, center, speaks as Democratic senator from the state of Connecticut, Chris Murphy, second left, and Opposition leader Oleh Tyahnybok, right, stand around him during a Pro-European Union rally in Independence …Leading From the Front in UkraineWall Street JournalUkraine Protests Surge Before Yanukovych Meets Putin on TradeBusinessweekUkrainians stage […]

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Thai military backs elections despite links to opposition – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldBangkok: Thailand’s powerful military has declared its support for elections set for February in a blow to the country’s protest movement that has crippled the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. But top military commander Thanasak …Thai military chief rebuffs appeal for interventionTimes of IndiaProtest leaders outline their aimsHerald ScotlandThai protest leader wants […]

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Report: S. African interpreter accused of murder in 2003 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe South African government says it is investigating the ‘fake’ sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial, according to the Associated Press. Here’s what we know about the situation involving Thamsanqa Jantjie: 1) Citing court documents, …Man who faked sign language at Mandela memorial has faced murder, other …Washington PostSouth Africa keeps media at […]

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How 2013 became the year of the ‘selfie’ – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukThere seems to be no corner of the Western world left untouched by the creep of the “selfie”. This one raised some eyebrows yesterday. Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt snapped herself with Barack Obama and David Cameron during …Cameron’s Self-Taken Photograph With Obama Criticized by PapersBusinessweekObama critics focus on a selfie and a handshakeWashington […]

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Should you go to Thailand for Christmas? – Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning HeraldBangkok: A couple of million visitors are expected to fly to Thailand in the coming weeks, the peak of the tourist season in the country that has for years been one of the most popular destinations for travelling Australians. Revolt: Anti-government protesters …Thai ‘red shirts’ prepare rally to back PM against protestersReutersThai protesters […]

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White House says Obama-Castro handshake ‘not planned’ – BBC News

BBC NewsPresident Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro’s handshake at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was unplanned, the White House has said. White House aide Ben Rhodes told reporters the two exchanged nothing more substantive than a …Handshake between Barack Obama and Raul Castro offers hope for US-Cuba tiesABC OnlineRepublicans thump Obama for Castro handshakeAFPPresident […]

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Ancient Martian Lake May Have Supported Life, NASA Data Show – Businessweek

BusinessweekThe Martian lake that may have fostered microbial life is now the crater where the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Curiosity landed in 2012, according to six papers presented at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. Source: …NASA: Ancient Mars lake may have supported lifePress Herald‘Very Earth-like’ Martian lake found by Curiosity could have […]

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Mandela memorial service: Mourners gather in Johannesburg – BBC News

BBC NewsTens of thousands of mourners are expected in Johannesburg for a memorial service for Nelson Mandela. US President Barack Obama and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be among those paying tribute. The service will be held at the 90,000 …Journalist recalls covering Mandela’s campaignUSA TODAYWorld leaders, thousands of South Africans to honor […]

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Ukraine protesters hold firm, defying riot police – Reuters

ReutersKIEV (Reuters) – Thousands of Ukrainian protesters huddled by braziers in their tented camp in the snowbound capital Kiev into Tuesday morning, in defiance of riot police who took up positions throughout the capital as a deadline to clear the streets expired.Biden calls Ukraine presidentUSA TODAYIt’s Time for Ukraine’s Protesters to BargainBloombergUkranian president calls for […]