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Gunmen kill senior Libyan police officer
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) ? A Libyan security official says gunmen have killed a senior police officer in the hometown of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
St. Nicks learn tricks of trade at Santa School
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) ? Where does Santa Claus learn to chortle "Ho, ho, ho!" and listen to the wishes of children all over the world?
Thai PM insists she will not resign before polls
BANGKOK (AP) ? Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Tuesday she would not resign ahead of national elections set for Feb. 2, her voice filling with emotion as she discussed her family's role in Thai politics.
Atheists face death in 13 countries, global discrimination: study
By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - In 13 countries around the world, all of them Muslim, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution under the law, according to a detailed study issued on Tuesday. The study, The Freethought Report 2013, was issued by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), a global body uniting atheists, agnostics and other religious skeptics, to mark United Nations' Human Rights Day on Tuesday. "This report shows that the overwhelming majority of countries fail to respect the rights of atheists and freethinkers although they have signed U.N agreements to treat all citizens equally," said IHEU President Sonja Eggerickx. The study covered all 192 member states in the world body and involved lawyers and human rights experts looking at statute books, court records and media accounts to establish the global situation.
World leaders, singing crowds gather for Mandela memorial
By Stella Mapenzauswa and David Dolan JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - World leaders from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuba's Raul Castro joined thousands of South Africans to honour Nelson Mandela on Tuesday in a memorial that will celebrate his gift for bringing enemies together across political and racial divides. Obama's plane, carrying the U.S. leader and former president George W. Bush and their wives Michelle and Laura, touched down at Waterkloof airport as singing, dancing South Africans made their way in rain to the Johannesburg soccer stadium where the homage to Mandela was to be held. Obama and Castro, whose countries maintain an ideological enmity lasting more than 50 years, are among the designated orators at the Soccer City stadium where 23 years earlier Mandela - freshly freed from apartheid jail - was hailed by cheering supporters as the hope for a new South Africa.
Bears beat Cowboys 45-28 on Ditka Day
CHICAGO (AP) ? Neither the brutal cold nor the league's worst defense could stop Josh McCown and the Bears.
More snow forecast for mid-Atlantic, Appalachians
Another round of snow is in the forecast for the mid-Atlantic region, just in time for the morning commute.
Egypt to hold mid-January constitutional referendum: minister
Egypt will hold a referendum on a new constitution in the middle of January, a government minister said on Monday. Hany Mahmoud, minister of administrative development, said the vote would be held nationwide over two days. The new constitution is an important milestone in the political transition plan drawn up by the army-installed interim government that took office after Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was deposed by the military on July 3. A 50-member assembly finished the draft last week and handed it to interim President Adly Mansour, who has yet to set the referendum date.
For South Africans, Mandela movie offers chance to say goodbye
By David Dolan JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans have flocked to see "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" since the death of the anti-apartheid hero at 95 last week, seizing what they see as a chance to reflect on his life. The 150-minute biopic starring British actor Idris Elba as Mandela opened in South Africa just days before the nation's first black president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate died at his Johannesburg home on Thursday. South Africa's main cinema chain suspended screening the day after Mandela's death, but has since put on additional showings to meet increased demand as the country girds for memorial ceremonies, with nearly 90 world leaders attending, that will fete Mandela as one of history's great peacemakers.
Mourners in South Africa flock to Mandela memorial
JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? Mourners are gathering at a stadium near Johannesburg for a massive memorial service honoring Nelson Mandela.
China November factory output up 10 percent year-on-year, retail sales up 13.7 percent
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's industrial output rose 10.0 percent in November from a year earlier, slightly below market expectations, while retail sales were up a stronger-than-expected 13.7 percent, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday. Fixed-asset investment, an important driver of economic activity, climbed 19.9 percent in the first 11 months from the same period last year, the bureau said. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast industrial output to rise 10.1 percent and retail sales to rise 13.3 percent. ...
Mandela memorial service: Live Report
Hong Kong (AFP) - FOLLOW AFP'S LIVE REPORT on the memorial service for unifying global icon Nelson Mandela from 0700GMT.
Obama arrives in S. Africa for Mandela tribute
CENTURION, South Africa (AP) ? The comparisons are perhaps inevitable. President Barack Obama and former South African leader Nelson Mandela each served as their nation's first black president, living symbols of struggles to overcome deep-seated racial tensions. Each was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Economic experiment shows limits of NKorean change
RAJIN, North Korea (AP) ? Many of the ways in which this dusty, windswept area differs from most of North Korea are easiest to see at night.
Protesters, police in Kiev confrontations
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) ? Riot police and anti-government protesters confronted one another throughout the night on the snow-slicked streets of Ukraine's capital and a top opposition party said heavily armed security forces broke into its offices and seized computer servers.
Nuclear war would 'end civilization' with famine: study
A nuclear war between India and Pakistan would set off a global famine that could kill two billion people and effectively end human civilization, a study said Tuesday. Even if limited in scope, a conflict with nuclear weapons would wreak havoc in the atmosphere and devastate crop yields, with the effects multiplied as global food markets went into turmoil, the report said. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and Physicians for Social Responsibility released an initial peer-reviewed study in April 2012 that predicted a nuclear famine could kill more than a billion people. In a second edition, the groups said they widely underestimated the impact in China and calculated that the world's most populous country would face severe food insecurity.
Trial begins in Montana newlywed killing case
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) ? The murder trial of a Montana woman accused of pushing her new husband to his death began with the jury seeing a smiling Cody Johnson, looking dapper in a blue shirt and striped tie.
Thai PM rejects protesters' demand to step down
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday refused demands by anti-government protesters to resign ahead of upcoming elections, urging them to abandon their "people's revolution". Bangkok has been shaken by more than a month of mass opposition rallies aimed at ousting Yingluck and ridding the kingdom of the influence of her older brother, deposed former leader Thaksin. Around 140,000 people were estimated to have gathered in Bangkok on Monday, calling for the elected government to step down. The protesters are a loosely-allied group united by their animosity towards Thaksin, a billionaire tycoon-turned-politician who was overthrown in a military coup seven years ago but is widely thought to control the government from abroad.
Uruguay's legal pot plan on verge of adoption
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) ? Uruguay's plan to set up a legal, regulated marijuana market has reached its final legislative stage, with the Senate expected to approve the plan by late Tuesday and send it to President Jose Mujica for his signature.
Mormon church explains past ban on black priests
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ? After Mormon church leaders lifted the ban on blacks in the priesthood in 1978, church leaders offered little official explanation for the reasons behind the ban, saying only they received a revelation it was time for the change.
Police strikes, mob rule testing Argentine cities
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) ? Mobs of looters are swarming into the streets of more cities across Argentina as police officers abandon their posts in spreading copycat strikes called to pressure provincial governors into raising their pay.
Justin Bieber arrives in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber arrived Tuesday in the Philippines, where he has launched a campaign to help victims of last month's killer typhoon.
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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year.
Asian stock markets muted as China data awaited
MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? Asian stock markets were muted Tuesday amid some profit taking and ahead of Chinese data on industrial production and retail sales.
North Korea's 'reign of terror' worries South's leader
By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is engaged in a purge amounting to a "reign of terror" that has claimed the scalp of the country's second most powerful man and risks further damaging relations with the South, President Park Geun-hye said on Tuesday. Park took office in Seoul earlier this year as North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, enraging world public opinion, and threatened to engulf its southern neighbor and its ally, the United States, in a war. "North Korea is currently carrying out a reign of terror, undertaking a large-scale purge in order to strengthen Kim Jong Un's power," Park told a cabinet meeting, part of which was broadcast on television. State media on Monday said Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, had been dismissed from his posts for "criminal acts" ranging from mismanagement, corruption and leading a "dissolute and depraved life".
Stockman challenges Cornyn in Texas US Senate race
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) ? In a last-minute surprise late Monday, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman filed paperwork to challenge fellow Texas Republican and powerful incumbent John Cornyn for the U.S. Senate next year.
Purge sends chilling message to NKorea's elite
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? While the rest of North Korea's top brass leaped to their feet before Kim Jong Un, clapping wildly in a requisite show of respect at high-level meetings, his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, often seemed nonchalant, at times even bored. Once considered the force behind the young leader, he displayed a bold insouciance that seemed calculated to show he was beyond reach.
Obama to get help from former top Clinton aide
WASHINGTON (AP) ? John Podesta, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and a trusted Democratic operative, will join the White House staff as a senior counselor to President Barack Obama, two persons familiar with the move said late Monday.
Congress renews undetectable gun ban for decade
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions ? the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
Bears lead Cowboys 35-14 after 3 quarters
CHICAGO (AP) ? Josh McCown threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Chicago Bears took a 35-14 lead over the Dallas Cowboys through three quarters of a Monday night game between NFC teams trying to tie for the lead in their divisions.
Prospects dim for fast renewal of jobless benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Prospects dimmed Monday for a quick extension of expiring unemployment benefits as Republican officials said they would not agree to include a renewal in any year-end budget deal.
UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario dead at 30
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) ? UFC fighter Shane Del Rosario died Monday, nearly two weeks after the heavyweight had a heart attack. He was 30.
SKorea's Park raps NKorean leader over purging
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? South Korea's president has called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's purging of his uncle and his followers a "reign of terror" that could deepen uncertainty about ties between the rival Koreas.
Storm snarls travel; power outages persist
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? Snow and bitter cold snarled traffic and prompted another 1,650 U.S. flight cancellations on Monday, and tens of thousands of people were still without power after January-like weather barged in a month early.
Now-or-never for Champions League last-16 hopefuls
Holders Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are already through to the Champions League round of 16. Smarting from their fifth Premier League defeat of the season, already qualified Manchester United host Shakhtar seeking some much needed European solace.
AP source: Wake chooses Bowling Green's Clawson
Wake Forest has hired Dave Clawson from Bowling Green as its next football coach, a person familiar with the situation said.
18 LA sheriff's deputies face federal charges
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Federal officials said 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies saw themselves as being "above the law" when they engaged in crimes that included beating inmates and jail visitors, falsifying reports, and trying to obstruct an FBI probe of the nation's largest jail system.
EU mediator flies in as Ukraine police move in on protesters
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will hold emergency talks in Ukraine on Tuesday, amid growing international concern at the political crisis which has pitted the security forces against pro-EU demonstrators. Ukrainian security forces on Monday moved in on the demonstrators to end a week-long blockade of the government headquarters, prompting Washington to urge Kiev to "immediately de-escalate the situation". With the authorities apparently keen to regain control of the city centre, the party of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko said that armed police had raided their offices although this was denied by police. Upping the stakes after more than two weeks of protests over the government's rejection of a pact with the European Union, the protesters a day earlier symbolically toppled the statue of the Soviet Union's founder Vladimir Lenin in Kiev.
Cowboys, Bears tied at 7 after 1st quarter
CHICAGO (AP) ? Josh McCown threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Chicago Bears took a 24-14 lead over the Dallas Cowboys at halftime of a Monday night game between NFC teams trying to tie for the lead in their divisions.
2K get meningitis B vaccinations at Princeton
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) ? Princeton University has begun vaccinating nearly 6,000 students to try to stop an outbreak of type B meningitis in an unusual federal government-endorsed administration of a drug not generally approved for use in the United States.