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Florida Becomes the Front Line in the War on Christmas

<i>The Week</i>‘s Jon Ter­bush wrote re­cently that the war on Christ­mas is over and the sec­u­lar­ists have won, cit­ing new polls show­ing that …

Second attack on UN in South Sudan

A second United Nations base in South Sudan has been attacked, and two Indian peacekeepers have been killed. Another has been seriously injured. At least two civilians also died in the attack.<p>The compound in Jonglei state was overrun by armed youths the UN said belonged to the Lou Nuer, a tribe …

Boston bombing victim engaged to nurse: Tragedy brought me 'love of my life'

Boston Marathon bombing victim James Costello believes the worst moment of his life was a blessing in disguise.<p>Being injured in the April 15 attack led Costello, 31, to meet his future bride, Krista D’Agostino, while she was working a six-week temporary stint as a traveling nurse at Spaulding …

Boston Marathon Bombing

Nelson Mandela 'received weapons training from Mossad'

Top secret letter from Mossad claims Nelson Mandela receiving training in 1962<p><b>Nelson Mandela</b> received judo, sabotage and weapons training from Mossad agents in Ethiopia, it has been claimed<p>A top secret letter from Mossad – Israel's intelligence service – to the foreign ministry from 1962 discloses …

Hezbollah's Nasrallah warns Israel over commander death

<b>The head of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, has warned that his movement will "punish" Israel for the killing of a senior commander.</b><p>Hassan Lakkis was shot near his home on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, in early December.<p>"All evidence indicates that Israel is …

Middle East

Philippines Mayor Shot at Airport

Brazil salutes Chico Mendes 25 years after his murder

Tributes to man who campaigned to stop forest clearance in Amazon tempered by resurgent influence of landowners' lobby<p>When Chico Mendes was gunned down in the Amazon, the two policemen who were supposed to protect him were playing dominoes at his kitchen table. It was 22 December 1988.<p>The officers …

6 million years ago, Mediterranean was a mile-high salt field

A peson walks on the beach along the Mediterranean sea on Feb. 23, in the southeastern French city of Nice. Valery Hache<p>SAN FRANCISCO — About 6 million years ago, a mile-high field of salt formed across the entire Mediterranean seafloor, sucking up 6 percent of the oceans' salt.<p>Now, new research …

Earth Science

Egyptian soldiers shot dead in Sinai

Two Egyptian soldiers have been shot dead and eight others wounded while they were trying to arrest a leader of an al-Qaeda inspired rebel group in the Sinai peninsula, the Egyptian army has said.<p>The rebels fired celebratory gunfire in a village called Nagaa Shabana and paraded the corpse of one of …

South Sudan crisis: Deadly attack on UN base condemned

<b>The UN mission to South Sudan has condemned Thursday's attack on its base in which two Indian peacekeepers and at least 11 civilians were killed.</b><p>Unmiss said the perpetrators of the "heinous crime" in Akobo, Jonglei state, must be brought to justice.<p>A similar attack is feared at another UN base …

Africa

NSA program stopped no terror attacks, says White House panel member

A member of the White House review panel on NSA surveillance said he was “absolutely” surprised when he discovered the agency’s lack of evidence that the bulk collection of telephone call records had thwarted any terrorist attacks.<p>“It was, ‘Huh, hello? What are we doing here?’” said Geoffrey Stone, …

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