UN To Stop Updating Syria Death Toll

The United Nations human rights office said Tuesday that it will stop updating its death toll for the civil war in Syria, with information becoming harder to verify after the bloody conflict has dragged on for almost three years. The human rights office also said it could no longer verify its July figure of 100,000 dead, the Associated Press reports. […]

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Did 2013 Mark the End of Somali Piracy?

When five armed men in a small motorboat approached an oil tanker sailing off the coast of Somalia on Dec. 9, the crew sprang into action. They increased speed and unleashed fire hoses off the side to evade the assailants, according to a report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). They called for help from the British Royal Navy, which […]

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Mitt Romney Accepts Apology From MSNBC Host

Mitt Romney accepted an apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, who along with other panelists on her show made remarks about his adopted African American grandchild. “I think it’s a heartfelt apology, and I think for that reason we hold no ill will whatsoever,” the former Republican presidential candidate said on Fox News Sunday. “I think people recognize, and the folks […]

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Al Qaeda-linked Militants Overtake Key Iraqi Region

Iraqi tribes have joined government forces in battling al Qaeda militants, who seized control of much of the western cities Fallujah and Ramadi Friday. The war in neighboring Syria has helped boost al Qaeda among disenfranchised Sunnis, who have accused Nouri al-Maliki’s government of alienation and hostility, including a recent arrest of a prominent Sunni, USA Today reports. The sectarian violence […]

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U.S. Evacuates Embassy in South Sudan

The United States ordered more of its embassy staff in South Sudan to evacuate Friday and urged U.S. citizens to leave the country as fighting rages between rebels and forces loyal to the government. In a travel advisory, the State Department said it will stop providing consular services to Americans in South Sudan as of Saturday and asked U.S. citizens […]

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Murders in U.S. Cities Reach Record Lows Again

The number of homicides in the United States’ biggest cities hit record lows again in 2013 as the murder rate nationally continued to drop to levels not seen since the 1960s. According to year-end data released by police departments around the country, Chicago still leads the country in homicides with 415, but that number declined 18% from 2012 and is […]

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