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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A crowd set fire to vehicles and clashed with police in the Indian district of Singapore late on Sunday, in a rare outbreak of rioting in the city state. The incident reportedly started after a private bus hit and killed a foreign worker in the Little India area. Television footage showed a crowd of people smashing the windscreen of a bus, and at least three police cars being flipped over. The Singapore Police Force said the riot started after a fatal traffic accident. "Shortly after, a riot broke out involving a crowd of about 400 subjects where the subjects damaged five police vehicles and one ambulance," it said in a statement, adding that around 10 police officers were injured and 27 people were arrested in relation to the event. Incidents like this are rare in Singapore, which has tough laws on rioting that carry a sentence of up to seven years in prison and possible caning. The breakout is likely to fuel conce
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(SOUNDBITE) (English) KAITLIN ROIG-DEBELLIS, SANDY HOOK TEACHER, SAYING: "I remember... I remember... It's weird, I didn't remember until just now. I remember in the days after, it was so hard to get out of bed and shower. And I remember I just walked around singing 'Amazing Grace' just over and over. It was so incredibly hard. I didn't remember that until just now... It was the worst thing that could have ever happened." Kaitlin Roig-Debellis recalls the days after 20 children and six adults were killed in cold blood at the Sandy Hook Elementary school. On December 14 of 2013 the first-grade teacher barricaded her students in a tiny bathroom to avoid the fire of gunman Adam Lanza. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KAITLIN ROIG-DEBELLIS, SANDY HOOK TEACHER, SAYING: "The moment that I heard the first shot, I got up, I closed the door, I turned the lights off and I turned to my students and I said, 'We need to get into the bathroom right now.' Shots were ringing out so
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France hopes a deal will be clinched on a European banking union before the end of 2013, the country's Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on Sunday. In Berlin on Friday European finance ministers and senior EU officials met to try to forge a compromise on rules to wind down stricken banks, with time running out to reach a deal by a year-end deadline.
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Blood spills on the streets of Baghdad with dozens killed in a series of car bomb attacks in Iraq. Car bombs killed at least 30 people Sunday with attackers mainly targeting busy commercial streets in the capital. Nearly 100 people were wounded in the attacks. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. But al Qaeda has increased its grip across the country since the escalation of the crisis in neighboring Syria. Violence in Iraq is at the highest level in at least five years and the capital is targeted almost on a daily basis. The UN says more than 8,000 people have been killed in Iraq this year.
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Anti-government protesters have toppled the statue of Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin in central Kiev amid huge protests gripping Ukraine. (Dec. 8)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
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While forces Loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed at least five children Sunday, the rebels are fighting back. In this video obtained by Reuters, Syrian rebels appear to boot pro-Assad forces from Aleppo Saturday. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SALEH OMAR, MEMBER OF THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY, SAYING: "We are fighting to free the town of Nuqeirin, which is part of the eastern Aleppo province. After several fights with the Assad forces, thank God we have been able to free it, and God willing we will continue to fight them until we reach the presidential palace." The prospects for peace in Syria look dim, as the weekly death toll rises above 1,000. World powers can't seem to find a fix for the conflict that is now two-and-a-half years old.
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, arrived in Tehran on Sunday to meet with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, reportedly for a one day trip to discuss regional issues. After being greeted by Iranian officials on his arrival, Karzai was driven to meet Rouhani, where he met the Iranian president before the pair inspected a military guard and sat down for talks with their respective delegations. The meeting came shortly after U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited Kabul on Saturday where he said a NATO meeting in February could become a new deadline for a security pact between the United States and Afghanistan, a deal which Karzai has been reluctant to sign. Hagel arrived in Afghanistan to visit troops and senior Afghan officials but, unusually, did not plan to meet Karzai, who has resisted signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) which would govern the U.S. military presence after most NATO forces leave by the
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Remembering Nelson Mandela - a man who brought together what many call the 'rainbow nation' - South African President Jacob Zuma offers these words: (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT, JACOB ZUMA SAYING: "That it was absolutely important that, as we as a nation and the world are mourning and remembering Tata..." The Nation was in a day of mourning on Sunday for Madiba -- the clan name Mandela is endearingly called here. He died Thursday at age 95. Mandela was revered globally for pulling the nation out of the segregated apartheid regime, and into a multi-racial democracy. His former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, attended a church service for South Africa's first black president during the day of prayer. Meanwhile, the sea of flowers continues to grow outside Mandela's former Johannesburg home. And the mourners keep pouring in. (SOUNDBITE) (English) YOUNG GIRL, LWAZI, SAYING: "Mandela was the treasure of our lives
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At the start of a week of commemorations, South Africans embarked Sunday on what the authorities have called a day of prayer and reflection following the death of Nelson Mandela, gathering in places of worship, private homes and even open fields to offer spiritual homage to the moral icon of the battle against apartheid. For the country’s politicians it was a time to urge unity and continuity after Mandela’s death at age 95 last Thursday.
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Ice storms could be possible in the Washington, D.C. area while most of Pennsylvania is under a winter weather advisory.
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American survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, many in their 90s, gathered on Saturday (December 7) for the 72nd anniversary of the attack that took the lives of more than 2,000 of their peers and thrust the United States into World War Two. About 50 Pearl Harbor survivors were among the 2,500 people attending the day's commemorative ceremony. Many used wheelchairs, while others leaned on canes or relied on the help of family members, as they remembered December 7, 1941, a date that President Franklin Roosevelt said "will live in infamy". Nearly half of those who died were sailors aboard the battleship USS Arizona, which Japanese torpedo bombers sank early in the attack, killing 1,177 of its 1,400-member crew. The USS Arizona Memorial, built over the wreckage of the ship, now forms a centerpiece of the World War Two Valor in the Pacific National Monument, a historic site administered by the National Park Service.
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Thick smog blanketed the Chinese capital on Sunday (December 8) for the second consecutive day that poor air conditions choked the city of around 20 million people. The city's official air quality index (AQI) readings were at 361 as of Sunday morning. A level of 300 is considered dangerous while the World Health Organization recommends a daily level of no more than 20. Some Beijing residents wore face masks as they walked through the capital. A Beijing resident surnamed Lu said that he was used to the pollution. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported on Sunday that flights at the Beijing Capital International Airport were delayed due to the smog. Some residents said several surrounding highways outside of Beijing were closed due to poor visibility conditions. In Shanghai air pollution hit record levels on Friday (December 6), causing the delay and cancellation of hundreds of flights. Toxic air pollution in China's cities has caused a pub
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A 13 year old boy and 9 year old girl stand along a busy road in central Philippines cleaning up the graves of their mother and two older siblings. It was the only land available to use as a burial site after Super Typhoon Haiyan flattened the region one month ago. Theirs is a story shared by thousands of others who lost loved ones in the storm. Dandi Pajanilla rushed back to the region from his job in the northern province to find his pregnant wife and other family members missing. He has been searching for them ever since, but has little hope of finding them alive. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) RESIDENT DANDI PAJANILLA SAYING: "It's really sad remembering your loved ones, especially this coming Christmas when they are no longer there. I always ask myself, why did God take them away from me?" Haiyan destroyed more than one million homes and caused over hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to infrastructure and agriculture. And while power
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Adding to weeks of regional and international tensions about airspace over parts of Asia, the South Korean government Sunday announced plans for a newly expanded air defence zone. Government officials said the new zone would include airspace over an underwater rock that houses a South Korean research station. The move came after China's announcement last month of their own air defence zone which includes the submerged rock plus the airspace over a group of islands at the heart of a major territorial dispute with Japan. Under China's air zone rules, all aircraft have to report flight plans, maintain radio contact and reply to identification questions by Chinese authorities. China's declaration has been the subject of major disagreements between U.S., Chinese and Japanese diplomats in the past weeks. To show their disagreement with China's air zone declaration, U.S., Japanese, and South Korean military aircraft have all breached the zone without informing Be
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Hundreds of people filled the streets around Nelson Mandela's home in the upmarket Johannesburg suburb of Houghton on Saturday night (December 7), many dancing and singing songs of tribute in honour of the late anti-apartheid hero who passed away on Thursday. Mourners laid flowers and left messages of support for Mandela's family, while others took pictures of the shrine that had built up outside the former South African president's home. President Jacob Zuma said Mandela would be buried on Dec. 15 at his ancestral home in the Eastern Cape. Zuma also announced Mandela would be honoured at a Dec. 10 memorial service at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium, the site of the 2010 World Cup final. South Africans heard from Zuma late on Thursday that their first black president, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, had died peacefully at his Johannesburg home in the company of his family after a long illness.
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Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says he won't lower the flag to half-staff because he believes it's an honor reserved for Americans.
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A warm welcome as French troops arrive in Central African Republic. France is deploying 1,600 troops to its former colony, where at least 400 people have died in three days of violence. Unrest has spread in the country after Seleka rebels seized power in March. Authorities have ordered all forces except foreign peacekeepers and the presidential guard off the streets of the Capitol. A senior U.N. aid official says peacekeepers must push into neighborhoods where "senseless" Muslim-Christian killings are rife, not just control the main roads of the capital. This man was attacked Saturday afternoon. His friend says "It's the Muslims who did this with a machete." Thousands have fled the violence with some seeking shelter at an airport where French troops have a base. Some are learning to live without hope. (SOUNDBITE) (Sango) DISPLACED MAN, SEREN VANGA ERENDANGA, SAYING: "We are not happy. We want nothing but peace. We want peace in our
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President Barack Obama defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact. U.S. relations with Israel have been strained by the interim agreement, reached between Iran and major world powers including the United States, was designed to halt further advances in Iran's nuclear program and buy time for negotiations on a final settlement. The United States says the agreement will give the international community time to see if Tehran is serious about curbing its nuclear ambitions, while providing some relief from sanctions that have crippled its economy. China's parliament has declared that Japan has no right to criticize the establishment of a Chinese air defense zone which it said was in accordance with international law, state media reported on Saturday. Japan, South Korea and their ally the United States have all protested at China's decision last month to declare an air defense identification zone in an area that includes islands at the heart of a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo. Fourteen Islamist women jailed for 11 years for demonstrating in Egypt will be released after a court slashed their sentences in a case that had outraged opposition groups and human rights campaigners, judicial sources said. Security forces have tried to crush the Muslim Brotherhood since the army ousted Egypt's first freely elected leader, Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, on July 3. His supporters have staged frequent protests calling for his reinstatement. Protests are a sensitive issue in the country of 85 million people where people power has helped topple two presidents in less than three years. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra ruled out a political comeback for her influential self-exiled brother and said an unpopular amnesty bill that would have allowed him to return has been scrapped, permanently. Yingluck said neither Thaksin Shinawatra, the divisive former premier at the center of Thailand's eight years of on-off political turmoil, nor the billionaire Shinawatra family were power hungry and all wanted the country to be democratic and at peace. Anti-government protesters have been on the streets for weeks, clashing with police and vowing to oust Yingluck and eradicate Thaksin's influence in a final push. "Right now, I don't think he wants to continue with politics, he would like to see fairness to everyone to make sure that we can work together and find a long-term solution for Thailand," Yingluck said of her brother in an interview with foreign reporters.
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U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday that the international community should allow Iran a "dignified" path to resolve the ongoing dispute over its nuclear program. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "The idea that Iran, given everything we know about their history, would just continue to get more and more nervous about more sanctions and military threats and ultimately just say, 'okay we give in,' I think does not reflect an honest understanding of the Iranian people or the Iranian regime. And I say that by the way, I'm not just talking about the hard-liners inside of Iran. I think even the so-called moderates or reformers inside of Iran would not be able to simply say 'we will cave and do exactly what the U.S. and the Israelis say.' They are going to have to have a path in which they feel that there is a dignified resolution to this issue." The US says the interim agreement with Iran gives the international community time to see if Tehran i
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An 85-year-old U.S. tourist and war veteran flew to freedom Saturday aboard a San Francisco-bound flight after being deported by North Korea. Merrill Newman was detained in Pyongyang for more than a month for alleged "hostile acts" against the isolated and authoritarian North East Asian state. Moments after landing in California, Newman looked delighted yet tired as he thanked Swedish and American embassies for their efforts to get him back to the United States.
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