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  • Ho, Ho, Where Did He Go? Track Santa Online

    December 24, 2013 4:44 PM 115

    Posted on: 7:32 pm, December 23, 2013, by Kara Sutyak, updated on: 09:28am, December 24, 2013 Very soon– Santa Claus will be coming to town and it’s even easier than ever to track his journey around the globe. Here are a few ways that kids (and adults!) can check jolly old St. Nick’s whereabouts and find him online. **NORAD: You’re probably familiar

  • China to ease one-child policy early next year

    December 24, 2013 11:55 AM 109

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Changes to China's strict one-child policy, which will allow more parents to have a second child, will begin to roll out early next year, state media said. The policy change is expected to go into force in some areas of China in the first quarter of 2014, Yang Wenzhuang, a director at the National Health and Family Planning Commission

  • Immigration debate 'panic' - Vince Cable

    December 22, 2013 10:54 AM 106

    22 December 2013 Last updated at 10:35 GMT Business Secretary Vince Cable has said the debate over a cap on immigration to the UK is part of the "periodic panics" over the subject. Talking on The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Cable agreed with Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that a proposed cap of 75,000 people coming to the UK from the EU would

  • Palestinian shot dead near Gaza-Israel border

    December 20, 2013 6:33 PM 118

    A Palestinian has been shot dead in northern Gaza by Israeli troops, Palestinian sources say. The body of 22-year-old Odeh Hamad was recovered from near Beit Hanoun, close to the border with Israel, emergency services in Gaza said. Israel maintains a no-go buffer zone along the perimeter inside Gaza which it says is necessary to prevent militant attacks

  • Senators plan new Iran sanctions

    December 19, 2013 7:22 PM 111

    A bipartisan group of senators is preparing to defy the White House by introducing new Iran sanctions legislation as early as Thursday or Friday that would increase pressure on Iran if it fails to meet its obligations under the interim deal signed last month. "The bill is bipartisan, has growing support, and because of that growing support, it may take another

  • Report: UK knew about detainee mistreatment

    December 19, 2013 6:28 PM 111

    U.S. attorney vows to pursue case against Indian diplomat “In some instances U.K. intelligence officers were aware of inappropriate interrogation techniques and mistreatment or allegations of mistreatment of some detainees by liaison partners from other countries,” it found. The report also noted “there is an issue as to whether the government and the agencies

  • Syria 'abducting civilians to spread terror', UN says

    December 19, 2013 5:39 PM 102

    UN human rights investigators say the Syrian government is using what they call "enforced disappearances" as part of a widespread campaign of terror against civilians. Thousands of people have been taken away, with most never seen again, their report says. It notes that some opposition groups have begun taking hostages - which also constitutes a human

  • New charges leveled against Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi

    December 18, 2013 3:07 PM 107

    CAIRO -- Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will face serious new charges that include espionage and aiding in terrorist acts, state media reported Wednesday. The move appeared to reflect determination on the part of the military-backed interim government to keep up the pressure on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which for the last five months has demanded

  • Miami: Alligator taken to shop for beer

    December 18, 2013 8:10 AM 111

    18 December 2013 Last updated at 05:17 GMT A man in Miami walked into a convenience store to buy a 12-pack of beer but the shop assistant did not expect to see his companion - a live alligator. He was hoping to trade the giant reptile for some beer but staff at the store in Miami refused to accept the creature as payment. The customer was later charged

  • U.S. seeks to defuse spat with India

    December 18, 2013 2:19 AM 111

    WASHINGTON – Seeking to defuse a growing dispute, the State Department on Tuesday promised an internal investigation into the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York and urged New Delhi not to retaliate in ways that threatened the safety of U.S. diplomats. The arrest Thursday of Indian deputy consul general Devyani Khobragade on federal charges of visa fraud