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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 them in the central city of Homs and northern Idlib province, [&hellip...

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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...

Loss, fear, threats drive North Korea’s mass grief

December 21, 2011 • World NewsComments Off

In this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, North Korean military personnel cry as they visit the Kumsusan Memorial Palace to pay their respects to their leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North...

Journalist: Morgan must have known about hacking

December 21, 2011 • Business, World NewsComments Off

Piers Morgan, host of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” leaves the CNN building in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. A tense and sometimes hostile Piers Morgan refuses to disclose details about the most damning link between himself and...

ECB lends banks $639 billion over 3 years

December 21, 2011 • Business, World NewsComments Off

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaks during a meeting of the Economic and Financial Committee at the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday Dec. 19, 2011. The ECB has faced calls to step up its bond-buying program in an effort to stem the...

EU court upholds carbon trade plan for aviation

December 21, 2011 • Business, World NewsComments Off

FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2010 file photo, an airplane lifts off at Berlin’s Tegel airport during snowy and stormy weather. The European Union’s highest court upheld on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 the EU’s right to impose its cap-and-trade...

Prince Harry says he is returning to Afghanistan

December 21, 2011 • World NewsComments Off

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive along with Prince Harry, right, at the Imperial War Museum for ‘A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards’, in London, Monday Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo / Arthur Edwards, Pool) LONDON (AP) —...

Award-winning Japanese director Morita dead at 61

December 21, 2011 • Entertainment, World NewsComments Off

In this photo taken on April 21, 2006, director Yoshimitsu Morita pauses for photos in Tokyo. Morita, whose films including the award-winning “Family Game,” depicted the absurdity and vulnerability of conformist Japan’s everyday life, died...

Valuable Hepworth sculpture stolen from UK park

December 21, 2011 • Entertainment, World NewsComments Off

This is an undated handout photo issued by Southwark Council in London, of what’s left of a sculpture by artist Barbara Hepworth. Thieves have stolen a large bronze sculpture by one of Britain’s most important modern sculptors from a London park....