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Factional Fighting Continues in South Sudan, Laying Bare Divisions – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalA tank patrols along one of the main roads in the South Sudanese capital Juba Monday. Reuters. NAIROBI, Kenya—Three days of fighting among army factions in South Sudan is posing the first sustained threat to the newly independent nation and laying …US Evacuates South Sudan Personnel Amid ClashesTIMESouth Sudan Vows to Hunt Down […]

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Kerry downplays dispute with China in East China Sea – Reuters UK

Reuters UKHANOI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday the United States would speak out when countries “raised the temperature” through unilateral actions in territorial disputes, but did not view differences with China over the East China Sea …US pledges $32.5m in naval aid to Southeast Asia nationsBoston GlobeIn Philippines, Kerry […]

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Beyonce’s Surprise Album For Massive US Chart Debut – Entertainmentwise

EntertainmentwiseBeyonce’s surprise new album was released in the middle of the US sales week and without any specific promotion, but it is projected to sell an incredible 600,000 copies in its first frame. The Billboard tracking week runs Tuesday to Monday, and with …A Working Mom Wonder: Beyonce Knowles-Carter Stuns Us Again!Gossip and GabVIDEO: Watch […]

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Iran committed to continuing nuclear talks: foreign minister – Reuters

ReutersDUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will continue nuclear negotiations with world powers despite “unsuitable actions” which led to it halting technical talks in Vienna, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday. The United States on Thursday blacklisted …Iran will continue nuclear talks with West despite new US sanctions, Zarif saysJerusalem PostCalls Mount to Free 2 […]

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Yemen Says Airstrike Targeted Al-Qaida Militants – ABC News

ABC NewsYemen’s official security committee said on Friday that people targeted in an airstrike in central city were al-Qaida militants including those who masterminded attacks on vital institutions, the police and army. The Friday statement by the Supreme Security …Yemen: Airstrike targeted al-Qaida militantsSeattle Post IntelligencerOfficials: US drone strike kills 13 in YemenBusinessweekUS drone strikes […]

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Jurgen Klinsmann to remain US coach through 2018 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYEven before leading the United States into next year’s World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann has been signed to stay on as the American coach for the 2018 World Cup. Klinsmann agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2018, the U.S. Soccer Federation …Klinsmann’s deal makes perfect senseFOXSports.comJurgen Klinsmann signs four-year contract extension with USA ahead […]

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Klinsmann Agrees to Four-Year Extension With US Soccer – New York Times

New York TimesJurgen Klinsmann, the coach of the United States men’s national soccer team, agreed to a four-year contract extension Thursday, a strong show of support from U.S. Soccer only months before the World Cup in Brazil.Klinsmann to Remain as US Coach Through 2018ABC NewsJurgen Klinsmann gets four-year contract extension to lead the USA through […]

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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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UPDATE 9-Ukraine protesters defy police, leaders reject talks with president – Reuters

Reuters… Print. * Riot police moved into square, held back by protesters. * Yanukovich offers talks but opposition demand he quit. * Kerry, EU foreign policy chief denounce police move. * Opposition says police action cuts off path to compromise (Adds U.S. State …Ukraine violence: US considers sanctionsBBC NewsUkraine Opposition Shuns Yanukovych as Protesters Thwart […]

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NSA director defends surveillance programs as necessary – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander said Wednesday that “there isn’t a better way” to help defend the country from potential terror threats than the ongoing and controversial bulk collection of telephone records involving …Google Cookies Help NSA Identify Targets for Hacking and SpyingWiredNSA: No better way to protect US than surveillanceU.S. […]

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Kim Kardashian flaunts post-baby bod in bikini – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSlimmed-down figure. Check. Famous curves. Check. White bikini. Oh, yes. Haters put in place? Kim Kardashian, who endured some serious snark during her pregnancy for her weight, is proudly displaying her post-baby bod on the cover of Us Weekly.Kim Kardashian flaunts post-baby body in bikiniNew York Daily NewsKim Kardashian’s Secrets To Staying Fit While […]

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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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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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South Africa bracing for Mandela memorial service – USA TODAY

USA TODAYJOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Police and the government were bracing Monday for a massive crush of mourners at a soccer stadium who will be met with high-level security measures for the heads of state attending the memorial service for Nelson …Four US Presidents to Attend Mandela MemorialVoice of AmericaForeign statesmen arrive for Mandela memorialBusinessweekLarge […]

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Hagel to meet with Pakistan’s prime minister – USA TODAY

USA TODAYISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has arrived in Pakistan for meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other officials. Pentagon spokesman Carl Woog says Hagel is looking forward to “candid and productive conversations” …Hagel to Discuss Afghanistan During Visit to PakistanBloombergUS Def Sec in Pakistan to discuss drones, NATO blockadeIndian ExpressHagel […]

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US tech companies call for more controls on surveillance – Reuters

ReutersLONDON (Reuters) – Eight major U.S. web companies, including Apple, Google and Facebook, made a joint call on Monday for tighter controls on how governments collect personal data, intensifying the furor over online surveillance. In an open letter to U.S. …Tech giants push surveillance reform: What wasn’t saidZDNetTech firms demand US government surveillance changesComputerandvideogames.comGoogle: Online […]

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Hagel Brings Holiday Wishes, Listening Ear to Afghanistan – Department of Defense

Department of DefenseKABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spent a full day today with two sets of people he seldom sees in Washington: deployed U.S. troops and Afghan military leaders.US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Embarks On Trip To Middle EastGetty ImagesHagel to visit Pakistan on MondayAFPHagel offers troops rare glimmer of […]