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Planning a North Korea trip? Don't, says the State Dept.

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The State Department is urging any American thinking of a trip to reclusive North Korea to think again. And they're doing it in an unusually blunt and direct fashion.<p>The agency usually issues travel warnings every six months on a variety of countries, but recent legislation now …

Alcohol sales fall for first time in nearly 20 years

People simply aren't drinking as much as they used to.<p>Global sales of alcohol fell in 2015 for the first time since market research firm Euromonitor International started keeping records in 2001.<p>In fact, you probably have to go back to the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s to find the last …

Alcohol

North Korea sentences American to 10 years hard labor

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea has sentenced a South Korean-born American citizen to 10 years of hard labor for subversion and espionage, a North Korean official told CNN.<p>Prosecutors were seeking a 15-year hard labor sentence for Kim Dong Chul for committing "offenses in a scheme to overthrow the socialist …

North Korea

The 30 Most WTF Moments From 5 Years Of Game Of Thrones

<i>Game of Thrones</i> has a history of eliciting rather strong reactions from viewers. From its premiere in 2011 to last year's season five finale, this …

TV Series

Trump eyes shift to policy 'meat' as convention fight looms

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican Donald Trump declared it's "great to be home" at a massive rally in the New York City suburbs Wednesday, shrugging off a …

Crow war chief who walked 'in 2 worlds' dies at 102

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Joseph Medicine Crow walked in "two worlds" — white and Native American — and made his mark on each.<p>Medicine Crow, who died …

China to create maritime judicial center as South China Sea tensions simmer

<b>(CNN) —</b> China will create an international maritime judicial center to protect its national sovereignty and maritime rights, the country's Supreme People's Court said Sunday, according to state news agency Xinhua.<p>The move comes as tensions rise in the South China Sea, where China is locked in …

North Korea again threatens nuke strikes on US, South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday issued its latest belligerent threat, warning of an indiscriminate "pre-emptive nuclear strike of …

Supreme Court Rejects North Dakota Appeal on Abortion Restrictions

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected an appeal from North Dakota to revive its proposed restriction on abortions, which would be the strictest in the nation.<p>By declining to take up the case, the justices left lower court rulings standing that found the restriction unconstitutional and blocked the …

Hundreds of short-stay rooms are opening as entrepreneurs see opportunities with shift in sexual mores<p>Room 204 is the Shakespeare room at Beijing’s Lots of Love Hotel.<p>A plaque on the door reads: “zhongxia ye zhi meng” or “a midsummer night’s dream”. But inside the bedroom’s crimson confines there …

China

U.S. B-52 bomber flies over S. Korea in solidarity after N. Korean nuclear claim

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> Days after North Korea claimed it tested a hydrogen bomb, the United States responded with a display of military might on the Korean Peninsula.<p>A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday "in response to a recent …

Iraq says ISIS leader Abu Mohammed al-Adnani wounded in airstrike

<b>(CNN) —</b> Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, an ISIS leader and its chief spokesman, has been injured in an airstrike, a statement from Iraq's Joint Operations Command said Thursday.<p>The airstrike took place in the Iraqi town of Barwanah, in Anbar province, the statement said.<p>Adnani was first moved to the city …

Islam

Oil prices hit 12-year low as fears about China grow

Oil prices slumped to a 12-year low on Thursday, as another dramatic fall on China's stock markets stoked fears of slowing demand in the world's second biggest economy.<p>U.S. crude futures dropped more than 5% in early trade to just above $32 per barrel -- the lowest since December 2003 -- before …

North Korea's Nuclear Test Triggers Warning From South Korea

World powers were working Thursday to craft a response to North Korea's announcement of a hydrogen bomb test amid efforts to verify the claim.<p>North Korea said Wednesday that it had successfully tested an H-bomb, setting off alarm bells over the country's nuclear capabilities and waves of …

Tamir Rice shooting: No charges for officers

<b>(CNN) —</b> Prosecutors say the police officer who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice outside a Cleveland recreation center last year won't face criminal charges. Neither will the other officer who was with him.<p>An Ohio grand jury decided not to indict Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, prosecutor …

Black Lives Matter blocks roads to airports in Minneapolis, San Francisco

<b>(CNN) —</b> Black Lives Matter protesters temporarily blocked roads to airports in Minneapolis and San Francisco on Wednesday as part of their "Black Xmas" demonstrations against what they say is an epidemic of police abuses.<p>Another demonstration was held in the Minneapolis area's Mall of America, …

This map shows how much territory ISIS has lost this year

In the year after ISIS rampaged across the Middle East in a bid to seize territory and establish a self-declared Islamic "caliphate," the terrorist group continued to be a major threat to the world, pulling off sophisticated attacks and recruiting thousands more people to its cause.<p>But though …

IHS

U.S., allies stage eight air strikes in Iraq, six in Syria: U.S. military | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State militants with a fresh round of 14 air strikes in Syria and Iraq on Monday, the U.S. military said in a statement.<p>In Iraq, eight air strikes near three cities hit three Islamic State tactical units, an improvised …

Middle East

Samsung Galaxy S7 will reportedly feature USB Type C, microSD, and a version of 3D Touch

A new report (via PhoneDog) claims that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will reveal a number of additions when it’s unveiled in late February, although it will look relatively similar to this year’s Galaxy S6. The report, in today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), posits that the …

California firm Hyperloop to build Vegas-area test facility

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A California company with visions of building a futuristic transportation system to one day zip people and packages at nearly the …

No charges against Chicago police officer who shot Ronald Johnson

<b>(CNN) —</b> No criminal charges will be filed against the Chicago police officer who shot and killed Ronald Johnson in October 2014, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said Monday. Johnson was armed with a loaded gun at the time of the shooting, she said.<p>At a news conference, Assistant U.S. …

San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik: Who was she?

<b>(CNN) —</b> On the day of the massacre of 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, Tashfeen Malik pledged her allegiance to the leader of ISIS in a Facebook post, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the shootings.<p>The terror group claims Malik, 29, and her husband, Syed …

Terrorism

Germany to send 1,200 personnel to fight Islamic State

Cabinet approves plans to commit up to 1,200 military personnel to support the international coalition fighting against the Islamic State group in Syria<p>Germany is to deploy 1,200 military personnel to support international air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) under plans …

Chicago mayor asks for police superintendent's resignation

<b>(CNN) —</b> Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he has asked for the resignation of Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.<p>The announcement at a news conference came amid angry protests in Chicago over the way the city responded when a white police officer shot a black teenager 16 times in …

Obama says Russia may finally come around on Assad's future

PARIS (AP) — President Barack Obama expressed optimism Tuesday that Russia will ultimately come around on the need for Syrian President Bashar Assad …

Smog Blankets Beijing: Pictures

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