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Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, the revered leader who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead the nation out of decades of apartheid, has died at the age of 95. Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was elected South Africa's first black president in 1994, was known across the globe for his message of reconciliation, understanding and forgiveness. Help us remember Nelson Mandela by answering this: What one word best sums up Mandela? And why? Share your comment, tweet us or post on Facebook. You can also give us a call at 1-877-869-8253.

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World Reflects On The Life Of Nelson Mandela

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The icon who became South Africa's first black president died after a prolonged lung infection.

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Destroying Syria's Weapons A Delicate Dance

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons may have met their November 1 deadline for the removal of Syria’s weapons cache, but there is still a big question that remains: What’s next? The complicated task at hand includes getting 500 tons of lethal chemicals out of Syria. Joining The Takeaway to explain what this endeavor may look like is Thomas Moore, deputy director of the Proliferation Prevention Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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China Bans Bitcoin Trading By Banks

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The exchange rate of Bitcoin, the digital currency whose value has sharply risen this year, took a hit following a government ban. Chinese citizens are not forbidden from using the currency.

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Militants Launch Deadly Attack On Yemen's Defense Ministry

Thursday, December 05, 2013

At least 20 people were killed in the violence, in which a gun battle followed a large explosion in Sanaa. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but several analysts have noted that it resembles the operations of al-Qaida.

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Eating Healthier on Food Stamps | Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials? | Can the Sound of Music Remake Succeed?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Fast Food Workers Strike in 100 Cities | Eating Healthier on Food Stamps | Can the Sound of Music Remake Succeed? | A Delicate Dance: Destroying Syria's Chemical Weapons | Can Obama's Inequality Message Win Back Millennials?

NSA Collecting 5B Cellphone Locations A Day, News Report Says

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The Washington Post reports that the agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world. One official told the newspaper the NSA is getting vast volumes of location data by tapping into the cables that connect mobile networks globally.

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Sunken Japanese Supersub From World War II Located Off Hawaii

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The I-400, the prototype of an aircraft-carrying submarine meant to be used in stealthy airstrikes against U.S. cities, was located in August near Oahu.

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Kim Jong Un Ousts Uncle From Leadership Role

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

According to South Korean intelligence, there is a major power shift occurring in North Korea. Dictator Kim Jong Un has reportedly ousted his uncle Jong Sung Taek—the most experienced person in North Korea and the one closest to the North Korean Military. How significant are these reports? We turn to Dr. Sung Yoon Lee, professor in Korean Studies at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for the answer.

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As the U.S. Pivots to Asia, China Reasserts Its Influence

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

As the U.S. attempts its "pivot" to Asia, a region of growing economic power with potential new markets for American products, Chinese authorities are pushing back, claiming a new air defense identification zone in international air space. Peter Dutton is a professor and director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. He explains that China is pressuring its neighbors and U.S. economic allies. Also joining the program is Nancy Soderberg, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, who examines American influence in the region.

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Stolen Radioactive Material Found In Mexico

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

One official predicted that anyone involved in opening a box containing radioactive cobalt-60 could be in grave danger of dying within days.

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Study: Memories Can Be Passed Between Generations | As the U.S. 'Pivots' to Asia, China Reasserts Influence | The Science of Charitable Giving

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

As the U.S. 'Pivots' to Asia, China Reasserts Influence | Study: Memories Can Be Passed Between Generations |  Men and Women Have Different Brain Circuitry | Kim Jong Un Ousts Uncle From Leadership Role | Holiday Window Displays Get Touches of Technology | The Science of Charitable Giving

Protests Intensify Over Ukraine's Rejection Of EU Pact

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The government's thumbs down of the proposed trade agreement has sparked widespread anger and street protests that have threatened to topple President Viktor Yanukovych.

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Guardian Editor: We've Published 1 Percent Of Snowden Files

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

In testimony before Britain's Parliament, Alan Rusbridger tells lawmakers that about 58,000 files obtained from Snowden, or "about 1 percent," have been published by the paper.

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WATCH: Amazing Rescue Of Nigerian Man From Sunken Tugboat

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A South African diving team expecting to find only bodies three days after the vessel sunk instead located the ship's cook, Harrison Okene, alive.

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French Experts Say There Is No Proof Arafat Was Poisoned

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The finding adds more confusion to the case, because two other teams — Swiss and Russian — came to different conclusions.

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North Korean Leader's Uncle Reportedly Sacked From Top Post

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Jang Song Thaek, who was close to Kim Jong Un's late father, was reportedly dismissed from a top post on the country's key military committee. Two of his aides are said to have been executed.

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Unrest Grows in Ukraine as Protesters Demand Regime Change

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Protests in Ukraine escalated on Monday as tens of thousands took to the streets in the capital city of Kiev to call for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich. Andrew Kramer is in Kiev reporting for our partner The New York Times and gives us an update of the situation on the ground. Lee Feinstein, a former Obama and Clinton administration official who served as ambassador to Poland from 2009 to 2012, explains the protests within the context of Ukraine’s history.

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Thai Anti-Government Protesters Claim 'Partial Victory'

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Police allowed them to swarm into the prime minister's compound and shout slogans. Demonstrators want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. Three people have been killed and more than 230 wounded since the protests turned violent two days ago.

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Croat Group Sues Bob Dylan For Racism In France

Monday, December 02, 2013

At issue are comments the singer made in an interview in which he drew a line between Nazis and Croats. The France-based Croat group calls it "an incitement to hatred." France has strict laws against hate speech.

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