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'Facilitator' of Taliban school attack killed in Pakistan

Friday, 26 December 2014 10:26
Pakistani security forces have killed a Taliban commander who allegedly facilitated the Peshawar school massacre, which left 150 people dead in the country's worst ever terror attack, officials said Friday. Named only as "Saddam", the militant was killed Thursday night in a gunfight with security forces in the restive Khyber tribal area, which borders the northwestern city of Peshawar where last week's horrific attack took place. "Commander Saddam was a dreaded terrorist, who was killed…
Senator to reveal major decision in March
Friday, 26 December 2014 09:25
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left. "I don't want to do it unless I can do it well," he told The Associated Press. "I don't want to do it unless we can win this thing.
Sri Lanka floods, mudslides kill 14
Friday, 26 December 2014 08:24
Floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 14 people in Sri Lanka and driven 80,000 from their homes, police and officials said Friday, as the country marked the 10th anniversary of the tsunami. Police said at least 10 people were killed in mudslides in the central region where 38 people lost their lives in a similar disaster in late October. Four other people drowned in flooding triggered when authorities opened the…
Update on hospitalized George H.W. Bush
Friday, 26 December 2014 07:23
(Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush remained hospitalized on Thursday near his home in Houston after experiencing shortness of breath this week, and was in "great spirits," his spokesman said. Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday. Spokesman Jim McGrath said on Wednesday that the 41st president's prognosis was positive and that he remained hospitalized as a precaution. "President Bush had another terrific day and is in great…
The weirdest political stories of 2014
Friday, 26 December 2014 07:23
Every year has its major political debates over substantive issues. It also has moments so unexpected or absurd they can't help but stand out amid the sea of scripted speeches and manufactured events. Here are the ones that pulled us up short in 2014: View gallery.A poster for the movie The Interview is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike …A Seth Rogen movie caused an international…
U.S. police struggle to uncover threats on social media
Friday, 26 December 2014 06:21
On Christmas visit with troops, Obama lauds end of Afghanistan mission
Friday, 26 December 2014 00:13
By Julia Edwards KANOEHE BAY, Hawaii (Reuters) - One week before the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, thanked American troops on Thursday during a Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanoehe Bay. One man in the crowd yelled "Huah!", a traditional cheer of the U.S. military, and the audience applauded as Obama spoke of the United States officially ending its fighting…
On Christmas, Obama marks end of Afghan combat
Friday, 26 December 2014 00:13
KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America's military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11. At an oceanfront Marine Corps base in Hawaii, Obama told troops that while tough challenges remain for the U.S. military in hotspots like Iraq and…
Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami
Friday, 26 December 2014 00:13
By Gayatri Suroyo BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims gather along shorelines of the Indian Ocean on Friday for prayers and memorial services to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the region. When a 9.15-magnitude quake opened a faultline deep beneath the ocean a decade ago on Dec. 26, it triggered a wave as high as 17.4…
Capacity crowds pack screenings of 'The Interview'
Thursday, 25 December 2014 22:11
NEW YORK (AP) — Critics and early viewers agree that "The Interview" is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event. Hundreds of theaters Thursday, from The Edge 8 in Greenville, Alabama, to Michael Moore's Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, made special holiday arrangements for the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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