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  • UN: Afghanistan slow to enforce law on women

    December 8, 2013 10:14 AM 29

    Best news photos of the week In a statement, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay described the law as a “landmark” and said it “was a huge achievement for all Afghans.” “But implementation has been slow and uneven, with police still reluctant to enforce the legal prohibition against violence and harmful practices, and prosecutors

  • What Santa Sells: 10 X-Mas Food and Drink Commercials

    December 6, 2013 8:37 PM 33

    Santa Claus isn’t exactly a saint. Sure, his alias is St. Nick, but don’t be fooled by the ho-ho-hos. Underneath that beard of white is a corporate shark, one who happily peddles himself out to promote any product he can during the holidays. The other 10 percent, well, we have proof to support our argument. Granted, Santa Claus morphed over time from the Catholic

  • Santa trackers help you keep tabs on old Kris Kringle

    December 6, 2013 2:58 PM 59

    It’s Dec. 6 — do you know where Santa Claus is? More importantly, do your kids know? With all the Santa-tracking websites out there, it’s a wonder there are any surprises left on Christmas morning. The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Santa tracker still seems to be the most popular way to keep tabs on Santa’s progress around the world on Christmas

  • Nelson Mandela has died

    December 5, 2013 9:50 PM 40

    (RNN) – Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. "Our nation has lost its greatest son," South African President Jacob Zuma said in a press conference on Thursday. Addressing South Africans, Zuma said "Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we bid him farewell." "Our thoughts are with the millions of people

  • Winter storm disrupts travel, knocks out power and threatens flooding in NW Europe

    December 5, 2013 8:16 PM 37

    LONDON — Hurricane-force gusts hit Britain on Thursday, disrupting air travel across Europe, halting trains and leaving tens of thousands of U.K. homes without electricity. Accidents linked to the storm killed two people. Authorities evacuated about 10,000 homes along the eastern English coast after warning that the country could face its worst tidal

  • US concessions don’t give Trans Pacific partners access to drugs

    December 5, 2013 7:39 PM 30

    In the next few days, 12 Pacific Rim countries will make critical decisions about what is potentially the most damaging trade agreement for public health ever signed. The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement encompasses trade in goods and services and a range of other issues, such as intellectual property rights, and investment and financial services

  • Prominent Egyptian youth activists sentenced to criminal court

    December 5, 2013 5:53 AM 29

    Prosecutors also charged Ahmed Maher, the founder of 6 April youth movement, and Mohamed Adel, also a leading member of the group, who is at large, of similar crimes.Douma and Adel are accused of participation in an unauthorised demonstration last week to show solidarity with Ahmed Maher as he turned himself in to authorities on an arrest warrant. Maher

  • U.S. urges Ukraine to listen to its people

    December 4, 2013 11:53 PM 27

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Ukrainian government on Tuesday to "listen to the voices of its people" after President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to spurn a pact with the European Union sparked mass protests. Kerry said Ukrainians had demonstrated "in unbelievable numbers" in favor of the accord on closer ties with Europe

  • Iran’s Economic Crossroads

    December 4, 2013 10:42 PM 25

    These considerations, more than ideological ones, may well shape the landscape of future bargaining. It would be a colossal error to restore or expand the few sanctions that are being lifted, as some members of the United States Congress are threatening to do. Before the deal started developing, in secret talks that started in March, Iran’s leaders faced

  • Kerry visits Western-leaning Moldova to show support

    December 4, 2013 7:27 PM 25

    Pictures of the month: November CHISINAU (Reuters) - John Kerry, the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Moldova in more than two decades, pledged on Wednesday to support the former Soviet republic's pro-Western moves in the face of Russian pressure. Kerry opted to make his brief stop after Moldova and another former Soviet republic, Georgia, initialled