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December 22, 2014 8:05 PM Heading Into Darkness to Reclaim the Light

Those of us who grieve, battle depression, or for anyone whose life seems to be seized by other sources of despair, the early arrival of darkness during this season amplifies our pain and anxieties. While others around us take joy or rush towards a festival of consumption, we're doubly reminded of who and what we've lost. In the depths of this darkness 48

December 22, 2014 1:37 PM Critics blast Cuomo fracking ban

And that has 64-year-old Marchie Diffendorf, a lifelong resident of the rural town of Kirkwood, New York, really ticked off. "It's angered and upset me," Diffendorf told "I think it was purely political." New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the Empire State has banned "fracking" in which natural gas and oil is extracted 27

December 22, 2014 12:30 PM The Secret CIA Document That Could Unravel The Case For Torture

WASHINGTON -- As the public grapples with the gruesome realities put forth in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s damning report on the CIA’s torture program, the agency has dug in to defend itself. The CIA claims the torture tactics it used in the years following 9/11 were legal and saved American lives. And despite what the Senate study alleges, the agency 25

December 22, 2014 1:47 AM Nation must help army, govt wipe out enemy within, says Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Sunday that the terrorists are planning another heinous attack on the pattern of the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. Addressing a press conference after a meeting of the committee drafting a national action plan to counter terrorism, Chaudhry Nisar said the country was in a state 33

December 21, 2014 8:59 PM Minister asks nation to remain vigilant, inform authorities about any suspicious person, activity

ISLAMABAD - Minister for Interior Affairs Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has disclosed that terrorists are planning another Peshawar like attack. He asked the nation to remain vigilant and inform the authorities about any suspicious person or activity. Addressing a press conference here on Sunday evening, he said that the nation must realise that we are in a state 34

December 20, 2014 4:54 PM Remembering the Massacre at Wounded Knee

Fifty-one years before the Japanese carrier strike force dropped their deadly bombs on Pearl Harbor, another "Day of Infamy" that will live forever in the minds of the Lakota (Sioux) people, occurred. On December 29, 1890 the troops of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry slaughtered nearly 300 men, women and children at the Pine Ridge Reservation community of Wounded 28

December 19, 2014 10:52 PM Obama's Cuba switch forces exile groups to adapt

Hours before President Barack Obama announced an end to a half-century of U.S. efforts to isolate Cuba's communist government, the Cuban American National Foundation opened the doors to its inviting new headquarters, with a modern glass and concrete lobby in the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. The symbolism is hard to ignore: The lobbying group 27

December 19, 2014 10:05 PM Sony's Amy Pascal meets with Al Sharpton to discuss race and Hollywood

Dealing with the fallout from hacked emails which revealed a conversation full of racist jokes about President Obama’s taste in movies, Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal met with Al Sharpton and Marc H. Morial, President of the National Urban League, on Thursday. Sharpton wrote on Twitter that there was a “very pointed and blunt exchange w/ Amy Pascal 44

December 19, 2014 2:58 PM Hollywood Should Take a Stand on Human Rights in North Korea

Sony Pictures' film The Interview, a comedy featuring actors Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un, has certainly left a raft of disasters in its wake. Leaked emails from a computer breach of Sony, followed by terrorist threats, a cancelled premier, and, ultimately, the whole release 25

December 19, 2014 9:22 AM Detained China rights lawyer facing 'inhuman torment', wife says

BEIJING (Reuters) - A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer arrested this year has had to endure hours of interrogation and his health has suffered, his wife wrote in a letter released on Friday, calling for his immediate release. Pu Zhiqiang, one of China's most outspoken dissidents, was arrested in June on charges of causing a disturbance and illegally 36