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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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Bachelet Wins Chilean Presidency in Landslide – New York Times

New York TimesSANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean voters handed a landslide victory to Michelle Bachelet on Sunday, returning her to the presidency amid continuing unease over high levels of inequality in Chile despite an enviable stretch of rapid economic growth. World Twitter …Michelle Bachelet easily wins Chile presidencyUSA TODAYBachelet Wins Chilean PresidencyWall Street JournalBachelet Wins Landslide […]

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‘Smaug’ decimates box office foes at theaters – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWhile hobbits remain lords of the box office, the little guys may be losing some oomph at theaters. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second of three Hobbit films, opened to a solid $73.7 million, according to studio estimates from box office trackers …Dwarves, dragon and a ‘Hobbit’ dominate box offices worldwideReuters‘Hobbit’ Sequel […]

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‘Interstellar’ teaser trailer drops: Matthew McConaughey contemplates the stars – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsFans of “The Dark Knight” and “Inception” take note: A new Christopher Nolan movie is on the horizon. The first teaser for the director’s new project “Interstellar” has hit the internet, but it isn’t giving out any answers to the project. Nolan has kept the details of …‘Interstellar’ trailer: McConaughey ponders space […]

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Former German Foreign Minister Returns in New Govt – ABC News

ABC NewsChancellor Angela Merkel’s new coalition partners are bringing back a former foreign minister and pledging to make Germany’s transition from nuclear to renewable energy a success as they enter government. The center-left Social Democrats also said …Germany’s Social Democrats Name Ministers in Merkel CoalitionWall Street JournalGermany’s Social Democrats clear way for Angela Merkel’s third […]

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Mandela laid to rest in Qunu, ending journey that transformed South Africa – CNN

CNN(CNN) — Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood village of Qunu on Sunday, marking the end of an exceptional journey for the prisoner turned president who transformed South Africa. Under the scorching sun, a military escort accompanied his coffin …South Africa Buries MandelaTIMEMandela laid to rest at family homeTelegraph.co.ukSouth Africans Mourn as […]

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With a hole in its heart, South Africa buries Mandela – Reuters

ReutersQUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa buries Nelson Mandela on Sunday, closing one momentous chapter in its tortured history and opening another in which the multi-racial democracy he founded will have to discover if it can thrive without its central …S. African interpreter says he never murdered, raped anyoneUSA TODAYNelson Mandela to be buried […]

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Chinese probe lands on the Moon as space programme gathers pace – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukChina became the first country to “soft-land” on the Moon in nearly four decades on Saturday, taking the Asian super-power one step closer to putting a man on the lunar surface. The unmanned Chang’e-3 spacecraft successfully landed at just before 9.15pm …China ready to land robot rover on moonBBC NewsTouchdown! China’s first moon rover lands […]

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4 top Ukraine officials investigated in crackdown – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKIEV, Ukraine (AP) —Ukrainian authorities on Saturday conceded to one of the demands of weeks-long protests gripping the capital, opening investigations against four top officials and suspending two of them from office over the violent police response to a …Ukraine moves against some officials over police violenceWashington PostUkraine President Suspends Officials over Protest CrackdownVoice […]

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Russia slaps EU overreaction to Ukrainian U-turn – Xinhua

XinhuaMOSCOW, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) — The European Union (EU)’s reaction towards Ukraine’s suspension to sign an integration deal with it was “bordering on hysteria,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday. After studying the agreement and finding …Russia’s Nemtsov Barred From Entering UkraineRadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyWhy Ukraine debate has Cold War echoesCNN (blog)Russia cries foul over Western embrace […]

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S. Korea voices deep concerns about Jang Song-Thaek’s execution – Xinhua

XinhuaSEOUL, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) — South Korea expressed deep concerns about a series of occurrences in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including the execution of Jang Song-Thaek, uncle- in-law of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, Seoul’s …Kim Jong Un’s Brutal North Korea: Where No Uncle Is SafeTIMEJang’s execution leaves China in delicate positionWashington […]

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Las Vegas Sands cancels Spain casino resort plan – Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas SunMADRID — Casino operator Las Vegas Sands on Friday scrapped plans to build a “EuroVegas” resort near Madrid after the Spanish government rejected as illegal concessions demanded for the investment. The company, led by 80-year-old American tycoon …Sheldon Adelson Drops Plans To Open Las Vegas Sands In MadridForbesLas Vegas Sands abandons Madrid mega-casino […]

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South Africa Looks Into Claims of Interpreter’s Criminal Past – New York Times

New York TimesQUNU, South Africa — The South African government said on Friday that it was looking into news media reports that the man hired to provide deaf interpretation at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service had once been accused of murder and other serious …Mandela’s ‘long walk’ nears its endAFPMandela’s Casket Being Flown to HometownVoice of […]

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Bangladesh Executes Islamic Leader for ’70s War Crime Conviction – Businessweek

BusinessweekBangladeshi activists march in the street with torches and shout slogans during a protest demanding the immediate execution of Bangladeshi war crimes convict Abdul Quader Molla, the 65-year-old senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in Dhaka on Dec.Bangladesh Hangs Islamist for War Crimes as Tensions SimmerBloombergBangladesh execution of opposition leader hints at deeper woes (+video)Christian […]

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‘SNL’ to Welcome Black Female Cast Member in January – AceShowbiz

AceShowbizTwo showcases were recently held in Los Angeles and New York to find a black comedienne to be added to the show’s cast. Tweet. ‘SNL’ to Welcome Black Female Cast Member in January. See larger image. “Saturday Night Live” is indeed taking it serious …‘SNL’: Civil Rights Group Praises Plan to Add African-American Woman to […]

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Analysis: Golden Globes nominations take a serious turn – USA TODAY

USA TODAYLOS ANGELES — Ever since Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin commandeered the stage at the 1958 Golden Globes, the awards have served as a champagne-fueled respite from Oscar’s solemn winter march. But this year the Globes got …Golden Globes 2014: McQueen, Cuaron among nominees for directingLos Angeles TimesOld TV darlings dumped […]

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Perspective: The fate of Nokia’s Android phone depends on Microsoft – Computerworld

ComputerworldComputerworld – Analysts are pondering just what Microsoft might do with the Android-variant smartphone Nokia has under development. With Microsoft finalizing its $7.4 billion purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business even as it aggressively …Indian Court Releases Nokia FactoryWall Street JournalThis is Nokia’s Android phoneThe VergeNokia wins reprieve in India tax battleMoneycontrol.comBusinessweek –PCWorld –Reutersall […]

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Gay sex verdict: These are matters of personal freedom, Rahul says – Times of India

Times of IndiaNEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Thursday expressed himself against the Supreme Court order which declared homosexuality as illegal, saying he agrees with the Delhi high court which had decriminalized gay sex. “I personally believe that these are matters of …India’s Ruling Party to Fight Ban on Gay SexWall Street JournalSonia disappointed with SC […]

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Thailand: Ex-PM Charged With Murder Over Protest Crackdown – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaFormer Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been formally charged with the murder of two protesters during a military crackdown in 2010. Prosecutors say Mr. Abhisit ordered security forces to shoot on a crowd of mostly unarmed Red Shirt protesters, 90 of …Former Thai PM indicted on murder chargesCNNThai protesters cut off power […]

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Analysis: Foreign Airline Crews Had Difficulties With San Francisco Landings – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalForeign airline crews experienced problems approaching San Francisco International Airport at a greater rate than U.S. pilots when the airport’s landing guidance system was impaired, a Wall Street Journal analysis of government data found. The findings …New video shows deadly Asiana jet crash6abc.comNTSB Releases Terrifying New Footage Showing Asiana 214 Crash At San […]

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Halt in aid is blow to US effort to help Syrian rebels – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – The U.S. decision to suspend the delivery of nonlethal aid to rebels in northern Syria is another blow to American efforts to strengthen and unify insurgents fighting Bashar al-Assad, analysts say. The State Department said Wednesday it …US, concerned about militants, suspends some Syrian rebel aidLos Angeles TimesTop US-backed Commander in Syria […]

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Snapchat snaps up $50 million – USA TODAY

Snapchat snaps up $50 millionUSA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO — Snapchat has snagged $50 million in funding for its wildly popular photo- and video-based text messaging service. Venice, Calif.-based Snapchat on Wednesday disclosed the third round of funding in Securities and Exchange …Photo-sharing service Snapchat raises $50 millionReutersSnapchat confirms $50M funding, but leaves the investor a mysteryVentureBeatSnapchat […]

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Amazon launches grocery business in San Francisco – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO — Amazon.com launched its grocery delivery business, AmazonFresh, in San Francisco Wednesday as the world’s largest Internet retailer expands further into the giant consumer packaged goods sector. AmazonFresh offers more than …Amazon Confirms San Francisco Launch of AmazonFresh Grocery Delivery …AllThingsDAmazon Fresh launches in San Francisco with $299/year ‘Prime Fresh …GeekWireAmazonFresh grocery […]

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Ukraine police stand down after clashing with defiant protesters – Fox News

Fox NewsSeveral thousand police in riot gear pulled back after clashing with protesters in the central square of the Ukrainian capital Wednesday following an overnight confrontation in which police scuffled with demonstrators as they dismantled barricades and evicted …Police in Kiev Halt Assault on Independence SquareNew York TimesUkrainian riot police withdraw after overnight move on […]