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23
Jan
Snowed in: De Blasio, Obama stay focused on wealth gap

While the administration publicly expresses full confidence in its health care law, privately it fears one part of the system is so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies and cripple ObamaCare itself. "Week after week, month after month," says John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, "the Obama administration kept telling us everything's working fine, there's no problem and then they turn on a dime and fire their... [read news]

17
Jan
Robert Redford not upset by Oscar snub, focusing on Sundance Film Festival

Robert Redford is far more excited about the beginning of the 30th Sundance Film Festival than concerned about his Oscar snub for "All is Lost." The 77-year-old actor-director-producer discussed the Academy Award nominations Thursday on the first day of the independent film festival in Park City, Utah. Redford is the only actor in the film, playing a shipwreck survivor struggling to stay alive. He said he loved the experience of making... [read news]

30
Dec
Volgograd blasts: Second suicide bomb hits Russia city

At least 14 people have been killed in a suicide bombing on a trolleybus in the Russian city of Volgograd, investigators say. The blast comes a day after 17 people died in another suicide attack at the central station in the city. Security has been tightened at railway stations and airports across Russia. Moscow is concerned that militants could be ramping up violence in the run-up to the 2014 winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi in... [read news]

28
Dec
Bruno Mars preps for Superbowl

Everyone is in Bruno Mars' ear about one thing when it comes to performing the Super Bowl halftime show: How will you deal with the freezing cold? "Everyone's putting the fear in god in me like there's going to be a blizzard," Mars said in a phone interview this month from Los Angeles, asking about the weather conditions in the New York-New Jersey area for his "research." "I'm going to wear a beekeeper suit, I don't know," he answered... [read news]

28
Dec
Syria conflict: Strike on Aleppo market 'kills 21'

A Syrian government airstrike on a crowded market in the northern city of Aleppo has killed at least 21 people, activists say. Videos uploaded by activists showed extensive damage to the market and corpses being pulled from cars. Many more were reported wounded in the strike. Government forces are reported to have killed about 400 people since beginning an aerial offensive in and around Aleppo two weeks ago. Syrian authorities say they are... [read news]

23
Dec
Judge denies request to halt same-sex marriages in Utah

A federal judge on Monday blocked a request by Utah officials to halt same-sex weddings, allowing gay marriage to continue in the conservative state following a surprise court decision last week.  Judge Robert J. Shelby, who blocked the request on Monday, overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage this past Friday. In a decision Utah officials claim has caused chaos in the state, he ruled the voter-approved measure is a violation of gay... [read news]

19
Dec
Indian UN peacekeepers killed in S Sudan attack

Three Indian peacekeepers have died in an attack on a United Nations compound in South Sudan's Jonglei state, India's UN envoy Asoke Mukerji has said. Rebels from the second-largest ethnic group, the Nuer, stormed the base on Thursday, targeting civilians of the majority Dinka ethnic community. South Sudan has been in turmoil since President Salva Kiir accused his ex-deputy Riek Machar of mounting a coup. The unrest, which broke out on... [read news]

16
Dec
Kaliningrad: European fears over Russian missiles

European countries bordering Russia's territory of Kaliningrad say they are worried at reports that Moscow has put nuclear-capable missiles there. Lithuania and Poland both issued statements of concern. Russia has not confirmed the report but insists it has every right to station missiles in its western-most region. Moscow has long threatened to move Iskander short-range missile systems to Kaliningrad in response to the United States' own... [read news]

13
Dec
Three killed in separate Pakistan polio shootings

Gunmen have shot dead at least two policemen providing security to a team of polio workers in north-west Pakistan. A polio worker was also killed in a separate attack, local media have reported. The two policemen were travelling from the town of Swabi to Topi by motorbike when they were attacked. The polio worker was shot on the outskirts of Peshawar. The attacks are the latest in a series targeting polio teams in the country. No group... [read news]

12
Dec
S Africa investigates 'fake signer' security checks

South Africa's deputy disability minister says the government is investigating how a man who faked sign language at the Mandela memorial was given security clearance. Thamsanqa Dyantyi, who stood alongside national and international leaders at the event, has blamed his actions on a schizophrenic episode. He said he had become violent during such episodes in the past. The agency who employed him, SA Interpreters, has reportedly... [read news]


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