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Nigerian blasts mar pope’s Christmas peace appeal

December 26, 2011 • World NewsComments Off

Pope Benedict XVI is helped by his aide Guido Marini as he arrives for his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and to the World) speech from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. Benedict XVI called for an end to the bloodshed in Syria and the resumption [&hellip...

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NKorean heir’s uncle plays key role

December 25, 2011 • World NewsComments Off

A North Korean mourner receives hot drinks at a tent set up for people braving the cold to gather and pay their respects around a portrait if the late leader Kim Jong Il, at the April 25 People’s Army House of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea on...

Pope laments Christmas consumerism, glitter

December 25, 2011 • World NewsComments Off

Faithful gather in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican after the unveiling of the nativity scene, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday night, kicking off a busy two weeks of public appearances that will test...

Palace says Prince Philip given heart stent

December 24, 2011 • World NewsComments Off

File – President Barack Obama, center, and Britain’s Prince Philip, right, walk to view the Guard of Honor of the Scots Guard during an official arrival ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, in this Tuesday, May 24, 2011 file photo. Queen...

Alan Gross not part of Cuban prisoner amnesty

December 24, 2011 • World NewsComments Off

Cuba’s President Raul Castro delivers the closing speech during a parliamentary session in Havana, Cuba, Friday Dec. 23, 2011. Cuba’s parliament met Friday in one of its twice-yearly sessions to get an update from President Raul Castro on the...

France to pay for removal of risky breast implants

December 24, 2011 • World NewsComments Off

In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, Chantal Guerin, a 46-year-old accountant and mother of three, displays a breast implant made by Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP, that was removed from her left breast, during an interview with The Associated Press in...

Amid NKorea mourning, vows to support new leader

December 23, 2011 • World NewsComments Off

In this Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 by the Korea News Service, North Koreans pay respects to their late leader Kim Jong Il at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang,...

Despite observers, Syria’s Assad hikes crackdown

December 23, 2011 • World NewsComments Off

This image made from amateur video and made available by Shaam News Network Thursday Dec. 22, 2011, purports to show smoke clouds after heavy shelling in Homs, Syria. Fresh raids and gunfire by government forces on Thursday killed at least 19 people, most of...

Pentagon sees smooth change so far in North Korea

December 22, 2011 • World NewsComments Off

Former North Korean defector Park Sang Hak, right, releases a balloon bearing leaflets condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his son Kim Jong Un during an anti-North Korea demonstration at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom in...

Iraq PM tells Kurds to hand over Sunni VP

December 21, 2011 • World NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, file photo, Iraq’s vice President Tariq al-Hashemi speaks during a news conference in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq’s Shiite-led government issued an arrest warrant Monday Dec. 19, 2011, for Vice President Tariq...