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- N. Korea statement on official's ouster: Who talks like this anymore?
But the implications for the chief victim, Jang Song-thaek, are dire when you think of what happened to those who fell afoul of the North Korean propagandists’ stylistic forebears. The statement carries chilling echoes of Cultural Revolution-era China and the Stalinist Soviet Union during the 1930s show trials. Not since those dark days have we heard such a denunciation of “alien elements who had made their way into the party … gnawing at the unity and cohesion of the party … giving up the class struggle and paralyzing the function of popular democratic dictatorship,” as North Korea’s official news agency published Monday. Jang Song-thaek is uncle to the young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, by virtue of having married Kim Jong-il’s sister.
- Obama heading to South Africa for Mandela memorial
- Commentary: Ted Cruz, Pope Francis Stand Out for Time Person of the Year 2013
Yahoo asked writers from Yahoo Contributor Network to weigh in with brief arguments. Sen. Cruz's political career, including his run for the senate from Texas in 2012, is but a year and a half old.
- The 'Last Packet of Sriracha Ever Made' Can Be Yours for $10K
This week he put up for sale what he calls, "the last packet of Sriracha ever made." His asking price: $10,000. Except, according to the picture he posted, that isn't the coveted Huy Fong Sriracha sauce. The company claims, however, to have finished that process, according to the Associated Press, so the injunction against Huy Fong may not have an immediate effect on the rest of its production—specifically its mixing and bottling—which occurs year-round. The public fervor surrounding Huy Fong's Sriracha is almost as much about the company's backstory as it is about the taste of its celebrated condiment.
- Neighbor From Hell Allegedly Points Cameras Into Couple's Bedroom
- Man who amputated arm arrested on assault charges
DENVER (AP) — Aron Ralston, the Colorado adventurer who cut off his forearm to free himself from a dislodged boulder in a Utah canyon — an ordeal made into the movie "127 Hours," was arrested in Denver on allegations of domestic violence after police say he and his girlfriend got into an altercation.
- US vet held in N. Korea says he was comfortable
- Ex-San Diego mayor sentenced for harassment