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The mother of a gunman who killed five girls at an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania says she learned from the Amish how to forgive her son after the 2006 massacre. (Dec. 9)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved parliament on Monday (December 9), and called for snap elections. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) THAI PRIME MINISTER YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA SAYING: "Now that there is dissolution of the house -- the prime minister and the entire team are willing to step down from our positions under article 180(2)." Tens of thousands of protesters have been on the streets for three weeks, calling for her resignation. Last week police defended key government buildings from protesters using tear gas and rubber bullets. But calm was restored for the king's birthday. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has said he is not interested in a general election. Instead he wants a vaguely defined "people's council" to run the country. The government has not used excessive force against the protesters but clashes have erupted in which five people have been killed and many more injured.
Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announce they are separating; The Charge of the Light Brigade - is published in Britain; Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa is elected president in Poland; Actor Kirk Douglas is born. (Dec. 9)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
It is near freezing temperatures in Kiev, and protesters are digging in for a long fight. It has been two weeks since they occupied Independence Square. Their aim is to topple the government of President Viktor Yanukovich, for abandoning a trade agreement with the European Union, and, in effect bringing Ukraine closer to Russia. On Sunday (December 8) night protesters were setting up barricades to block access to Kiev's main government building. One of the opposition party leaders, boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko encouraged the crowds, but issued a warning against violence. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VLADIMIR KLITSCHKO, BROTHER OF UDAR PARTY LEADER VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING: "This is not the last night and we will be protesting here until we achieve victory. We believe in our country and I am proud that I am Ukrainian, but under no circumstances must we destroy things, break things. We don't have to follow any provocateurs and I trust in my country as wel
Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine and Carlos Santana receive the Kennedy Center honors for their contributions to American culture.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo shares with Larry to whom she first revealed her psychic abilities.
Three weeks after their wedding, police say a Pennsylvania couple decided to celebrate by killing someone.
North Korea acknowledged the purge of leader Kim Jong Un's influential uncle for alleged corruption, drug use, gambling and a long list of other "anti-state" acts, on Monday, apparently ending the career of the country's second most powerful official. The young North Korean leader will now rule without the relative long considered his mentor as he consolidated power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, two years ago.
A statue of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin is toppled by demostrators in the Ukrainian capitol Kiev. The statue was a symbol of Moscow's power over this former Soviet republic. Demonstrators have grown furious that Kiev has ditched a landmark pact with the EU, in favor of a trade deal with Moscow. They're demanding that President Viktor Yanukovich sack his own government.
After arriving in Tehran on Sunday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai struck a cooperation pact with Iran. The deal comes amid tensions with the U.S. as Karzai is resisting to sign a long-term security agreement with the United States. After meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the two leaders agreed on a long-term pact to ensure political, economic and cultural cooperation.
Colombia's Marxist rebel group, known as the FARC, said it will declare a 30-day ceasefire, starting December 15th. It called on the government to respond with the same. The announcement, made in Havana, comes a day after its guerrilla fighters were blamed for an attack in Colombia that left eight dead. The Colombian government and the FARC are holding peace talks in Cuba aimed at ending a five-decade guerrilla war. Farc negotiator Pablo Catatumbo: (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FARC NEGOTIATOR PABLO CATATUMBO, SAYING: "We sincerely believe that the fatherland does not deserve this bloodshed. And because of this, in a unilateral way, we are proceeding to order all of our guerrilla units and militias to ceasefire and hostilities for 30 days beginning from 00:00 hours on December 15 in response to a deep national outcry." Colombia's government has vowed to keep pursuing the FARC, even as talks are underway. The guerrilla war has left more than 200,0
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
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.