• Four shot, one fatally, in downtown St. Louis

    (Reuters) - A shooting at a downtown St. Louis convenience store on Wednesday left one person dead and three others badly wounded, police said. Police said no suspects were in custody some five hours after the shooting, which was reported shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time. A St. Louis Metropolitan…

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  • Dozens of jihadists killed fighting Syria Kurds: monitor

    At least 44 members of the Islamic State group were killed in clashes with Kurdish forces in Syria on Thursday, a monitoring group said. Thirty of the jihadists were killed fighting against members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the village of Qassiab in Hasakeh province,…

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  • Russia offers support to North Korea amid Sony hack

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable."

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  • Putin Cancels New Year's Holiday for Government Workers

    Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled the extended New Year holiday for government ministers because of the ongoing financial crisis, informing the agencies they must work to help strengthen the economy and take protectionary measures in the face of a combination of governmental mismanagement,…

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  • Mauritania issues first apostasy death sentence

    Mauritania has delivered its first death sentence for apostasy since independence in 1960, ordering capital punishment for a Muslim man who wrote an article deemed blasphemous of Islam. Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, aged in his late 20s, fainted when the ruling was read out late Wednesday in a court…

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  • 13-year-old girl: My father gave me to Boko Haram

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A 13-year-old says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb in Kano, Nigeria's second largest city in the north.

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    Father of boy in Raleigh Amber Alert search charged with murder

    Tristan Blue was reported missing from his home in the 5400 block of Portree Place in Raleigh on Wednesday.

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  • Two more NY men arrested for threatening police after officers killed

    (Reuters) - Two more men have been arrested for threatening New York police, including one who called the precinct headquarters of two officers killed as they sat in their patrol car and asked to speak to one of them, a police spokesman said on Thursday. The arrests bring to six the number of those…

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  • Firebomb attack wounds Israeli father and daughter in West Bank

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A firebomb attack on a car in the occupied West Bank left an 11-year-old Israeli girl severely burned and her father injured on Thursday, the Israeli military said. The Israeli military said the suspected Palestinian attack was near the Ma'ale Shomron Jewish settlement, north…

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  • Here's What the Internet Looks Like in North Korea

    When the Internet in North Korea crashed this week for nearly 10 hours, it's unlikely that many of the reclusive nation's millions of residents noticed.That's because so few North Koreans have access to the Internet, and when they do, they see a very different online world than what most other…

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    #7 of 10 Most Popular Galleries of 2014: Strong earthquake rocks California

    A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands,…

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  • Iran kicks off massive Gulf military drills

    Iran launched extensive military drills on Thursday, local media reported, in a show of strength stretching several hundred kilometres from the Strait of Hormuz to the Gulf of Aden. The exercises are set to last six days and involve ballistic missile and drone testing, according to military…

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  • Missing Armored Truck Driver Arrested in Colorado

    The driver of an armored delivery truck has been arrested in Colorado after he went missing earlier this week when his vehicle was found empty with the engine idling.

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  • Saudi issues 'final warning' on high-speed rail project

    Saudi Arabia has given a "final warning" to avoid delays on an $8.2 billion high-speed rail project which Spanish and Saudi firms are helping to build. The Haramain High Speed Rail system is to transport Muslim pilgrims, as well as regular travellers, 450 kilometres (280 miles) between the holy…

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  • Three other big historical events that happened on Christmas Day

    December 25 is celebrated in parts of the world as Christmas Day, as a religious holiday (commemorating the birth of Jesus) and a secular holiday. It’s also a big day for other events in American history.

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  • Shooter kills man in Louisiana mall on Christmas Eve

    (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire inside a New Orleans-area mall still busy with shoppers on Christmas eve, killing a man before he was taken into custody, police said on Wednesday. Gary François, 25, fired multiple shots at 24-year-old James Vaughn, who had just made a purchase at a Foot Locker…

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  • Nigerian girl, 14, recounts would-be suicide bombing

    A 14-year-old Nigerian girl who was arrested with explosives strapped to her body told journalists Wednesday that her parents volunteered her to take part in a suicide attack. The girl, who was identified as Zahra'u Babangida, was arrested in Kano on December 10 following a double suicide bombing…

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