Thursday, December 26, 2013

News Headlines (439) 23 December - 26 December 2013




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► 23 December 2013 : If you've been doing some personal improvement work lately -- you know, the kind where you take a look at yourself and figure out where you could stand, say, an attitude adjustment, or a new outlook, or maybe you'd benefit from, say, daily painting projects -- you're now well on your way toward successful completion of this stage of the project. Take stock of what you've done so far and give yourself a pat on the back. Slow down and let things go at their own pace -- you need to deal with the world as it is today, not how you wish it was. If you can avoid any rush jobs, you should find that things go well for you. Other people's challenges are just that -- other people's! Do not take on the burdens of the people you care about. It's not the best way to show them you support them. At best, you will depriving them of an opportunity to learn something valuable. And at worst you will make them think that you don't trust them to run their own life! So step back and have faith that they know what they're doing -- or that they will ask you for help if and when they need it.

► 24 December 2013 : Other people's challenges are just that -- other people's! Do not take on the burdens of the people you care about. It's not the best way to show them you support them. At best, you will depriving them of an opportunity to learn something valuable. And at worst you will make them think that you don't trust them to run their own life! So step back and have faith that they know what they're doing -- or that they will ask you for help if and when they need it. Slow down and let things go at their own pace -- you need to deal with the world as it is today, not how you wish it was. If you can avoid any rush jobs, you should find that things go well for you.

► 25 December 2013 : As you travel down the road of life today, do not lose sight of your destination! Distractions abound, and it could seem like a harmless thing to take a detour for a while -- but do not get off the track you're on! No matter what tantalizing or rewarding invitations you get, you have to stay on your mission today. You simply cannot afford to be pushed off your route. Grab the wheel tighter and remember that the faster you get there, the bigger your reward. Get started on something new -- even if it's just cleaning house! You are feeling pulled in a new direction, and it should lead to opportunities if you keep moving in the right direction.

You might be loaded with energy right now, but that doesn't change the fact that today is not a great day for making major headway on any projects. With so many facts still unknown, it's just not wise for you to keep moving forward. Put things on pause, and wait until things become clearer. Do not make any verbal agreements or big commitments, and definitely do not sign any legal documents! Taking a chance is not the best way to get what you want -- but patience is.

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FOXNEWS 17 December 2013 : Travel helps people stay healthy longer, study shows

SOUTHERN DENMARK UNIVERSITY 12 December 2013 : Collapse of the universe is closer than ever before

NY DAILY NEWS 19 December 2013 : Brian Boitano comes out as gay ahead of Sochi Olympics

NY TIMES 22 December 2013 : After Freedom, a Striking Lack of Rancor From Khodorkovsky : Free to Speak About Russia, but Now From a Safe Distance



PC MAG 20 December 2013 : 'Smarter' Tabs Return to Yahoo Mail|| C NET 19 December 2013 : Yahoo Mail brings back popular tabs feature || PC WORLD 20 December 2013: Tabs return to Yahoo Mail

WEBMD 19 December 2013 : Anxiety Tied to Stroke Risk in Study ||MEDICAL NEWS TODAY 22 December 2013 : Stroke risks increase with high levels of anxiety

CARSCOOPS 20 December 2013 : Automated Wash Damages Classic Car, Owner Eventually Finds Justice ||SACRAMENTO CBS LOCAL 16 December 2013 : Call Kurtis: The Car Wash Damaged My Car And Refuses To Show Me Surveillance Video

HUFFINGTON POST 19 December 2013 : LA's Open Data Initiative Forces City Agencies To Disclose Successes & Failures, Per Mayor Garcetti

GUARDIAN 23 December 2013 : Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova freed from Russian prison

MILITARY ABOUT 23 December 2013  : World War I: Battle of Magdhaba

NY TIMES 23 December 2o13 : Deep Russia-Germany Ties Behind a Prisoner’s Release

SPACE 23 December 2013 : Saturn's Rings and Clouds Dominate Amazing New Photo

THE STREET 23 December 2013 : 5 Rocket Stocks to Buy for a Santa Claus Rally

WISE BREAD 23 December 2013 : 9 Ways to Get Exactly What You Want From Customer Service 

WAPO 24 December 2013 : Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Monkey Cage!

NDTV GADGETS 25 December 2013 : 'Tis the season! says Google's second Happy Holidays doodle

DAILY KOS 24 December 2013 : Happy Holidays

GUARDIAN 22 December 2013 : The Brits have it right: forget Happy Holidays, just wish people Merry Christmas

HUFFINGTON POST 24 December 2013
Christmas 2013 Photos From Around The World Capture Festive Spirit
Christmas 2013 Storm In Pictures

INDEPENDENT 24 December 2013 : Norad Santa Tracker 2013: Follow Father Christmas as he rockets around the globe delivering presents

ABC NEWS 25 December 2013  : Your photos: Australia celebrates Christmas 2013

FOX NATION :  War on Christmas

FORBES 23 December 2013 : Christmas 2013 For The Retail Business: An Early Look At The Winners And Losers

NY POST 24 December 2013 : More testosterone means weaker immune system: study || SCIENCEDAILY 7 October 1999 : Testosterone, Stress May Not Suppress Immune System After All Oct. 7, 1999 ||SCIENCEDAILY 26 July 2011 : How Testosterone Protects Against Inflammation

MIRROR 24 December 2013
John McCafferty was told he had five years to live when he underwent the life-saving operation 31 years ago
X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne makes £10,000 donation to young father with terminal cancer

TECH CRUNCH 23 December 2013 : Jack Dorsey Joins Disney's Board Of Directors

TELEGRAPH 23 December 2013 : Kim Basinger signs modelling contract at 60 

HUFFINGTON POST 22 December 2013 : Carlos Santana Reunites With Homeless Ex-Bandmate




SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY : David Attenborough's First Life - The Origin of Life (E01: Arrival) Full Documentary. Published on Dec 16, 2013 by
HD Universe Channel




EDUCATION : I had a black dog, his name was depression. At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don't know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.

In collaboration with WHO to mark World Mental Health Day, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the "black dog of depression". Published on Oct 2, 2012 by World Health Organization



GAMING : Clash of Clans: You and This Army (Official TV Commercial). Published on Dec 23, 2013 by Clash of Clans






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In satellite tech race, China hitched a ride from Europe - By  David Lague
The Beidou navigation system - developed with EU help - is a striking example of Beijing's global dragnet for military know-how. | Full Coverage
* The U.S. lab behind China's nuclear power push
* The secret to China's success: Europe
* China voices 'strong concerns' over Japan's military spending

Khodorkovsky to fight for political prisoners  - By Michelle Martin and Steve Gutterman
BERLIN/MOSCOW - Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said he would not seek power in Russia but fight for the freedom of political prisoners. | Video - Khodorkovsky holds first news conference since his abrupt release
* Video: Khodorkovsky has emotional reunion with parents



Democratic senator says Obamacare could have 'meltdown,' hurt party

NYMEX-US oil slips as investors take profits ahead of holidays

Assad's secret oil lifeline: Iraqi crude from Egypt - By Julia Payne
LONDON - Syria's president has received substantial imports of Iraqi oil from an Egyptian port in the last nine months, part of an under-the-radar trade that has kept his military running.
* Week-long Aleppo air raids kill more than 300: monitor
* Russia sends armored trucks to Syria to transport chemical arms
* Video raises worries of Britons fighting with Syria militants

Why the Pentagon can't clean up its accounts - By Scot J. Paltrow
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - Time and again, programs to modernize Defense Department record-keeping have fallen prey to bureaucratic rivalry, resistance to change and a lack of consequences for failure.   | Reuters Investigates: The Pentagon’s payroll quagmire
* What it will take to fix the Pentagon's books

Pussy Riot pair pans Putin prison pass - By Maria Vasilyeva and Nikolai Isayev
KRASNOYARSK/NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia - Two members of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot were freed from prison, deriding President Vladimir Putin's amnesty that led to their early release as a propaganda stunt.
* Video: Maria Alyokhina is released from jail

OPINION : The audacity of optimism - By Zachary Karabell
Why does optimism about today’s world generate such strong hostility? Every society must find some balance between addressing real shortcomings and building on real strengths.|  Commentary
* Snarking at smarm: Muffling the public debate

Pope Francis urges openness to God - By Philip Pullella
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, urged people to shun pride and selfishness and open up their hearts to God and man.
* Pope and ex-pope pray together in Christmas meeting 
* Pope Francis drawing larger crowds than predecessor

In merger mania, skeptical eye from Washington - By Alina Selyukh and Sinead Carew
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - A pair of potentially transformative U.S. telecoms and cable deals could run afoul of Obama administration regulators who worry that mergers among market leaders would hurt consumers.
* Financier Hands says Citigroup should face new trial over EMI

Universal takes writedown on Reeves film - By Ronald Grover
Los Angeles - Comcast Corp's Universal Pictures movie studio has taken unspecified write-downs for its $175 million, Keanu Reeves film "47 Ronin" that opens on Christmas Day, the studio has acknowledged.
* Time Warner Cable, Viacom renew distribution agreement

Xi's pride and challenge: China's military - By David Lague and Charlie Zhu
HONG KONG - China's leader Xi Jinping must master the People's Liberation Army at a time when it has emerged as more self-confident, and lethal, than ever.
* China hitches a satellite ride from Europe

Putin rival goes from prison to penthouse - By Erik Kirschbaum and Lidia Kelly
BERLIN/MOSCOW - Until recently, Mikhail Khodorkovsky lived inside a filthy Russian prison barrack near the Arctic circle. Today, he's reportedly resting inside a lavish, $4,400-a-night Berlin hotel suite.
* Khodorkovsky applies to Swiss for Schengen visa: Swiss ministry

Erdogan picks new ministers amid graft scandal - By Orhan Coskun and Ece Toksabay
ANKARA/ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan reshuffled his cabinet after three members quit over a corruption scandal. * Video: Turkish corruption scandal spreads
* Turkish markets slump

VIDEOS
Designer of AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov, dies
Two Popes exchange Christmas greetings

The Year in 60 seconds: 2013

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Christmas Eve echoes of hope and fear
Pope Francis conducts his first Christmas Eve midnight mass
U.S. troops celebrate Christmas in Afghanistan






NEWS
Analysis: Netanyahu seeks to slow Iran-U.S. thaw by ramping up demands of deal
Netanyahu moves to calm clamor over U.S. spying allegations
Khodorkovsky picks iconic Cold War crossing to meet press
Khodorkovsky: I won't get involved in politics
Khodorkovsky: won't sponsor Russian opposition
Khodorkovsky will work to free political inmates
Ukraine opposition urges more protests, forms political bloc
U.S. will seek triggers to reimpose sanctions on Iran: Rice
Israeli ministers demand end to US spying
Start of winter brings snow, ice and warm weather
What the heck, 2013? It was a weirdly entertaining year to remember – even if some of these folks would prefer you forget
NRA: 'Good guy with a gun,' not gun control, stopped Arapahoe High rampage
Exclusive: Assad's secret oil lifeline: Iraqi crude from Egypt
Iran's Rouhani eyes rebuilding relations with United States
Vanishing adviser reappears as Iran policy player
Netanyahu says any U.S. spying on Israel unacceptable
Russia's Kalashnikov, designer of AK-47, dies
McDonald's Advises Its Employees To Stay Away From Fast Food
N. Korea purge sparked by mineral disputes: Seoul official
Christmas Violence in the Holy Land Shadows Middle East Peace Talks
Mikhail Khodorkovsky applies for Swiss visa
Russia plays down Sochi Olympics boycott
Snowden 'an indoor cat' in Moscow, says he's 'won'
Russian firms at risk from U.S. Fed stimulus withdrawal: central bank
Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" 
Russia drops charges against Greenpeace activists
2 Canadian Greenpeace activists clear to come home after Russian charges dropped
3 Turkish Cabinet ministers resign over probe
Snowden warns of loss of privacy in Christmas message 
Ukraine expects remaining $12 billion of Russian bailout in early 2014

Russian tycoon and Norilsk co-owner files for divorce
Hahaha ... I find it funny. If you're just an old widower, poor, homeless, no one will care about you, even if you die of cold in this season. Though it can be, you have a pretty good-looking face, a pretty healthy penis, (Uh, you do not sell yourself become a gigolo, maybe? Do not you do know that in this day and age, your penis could feed your stomach? The worms in your stomach, in your gut will be very happy and dancing with delicious food. They look healthy and plump. Lalalalili. Hey, I'm not cynical. I do not like cynical. You know me. I'm just asking.) and maybe you're good at math, can understand the meaning of poetry, ... and well, ... it's just you're rumpled dog-eared and musty smell. Then you die miserable without notice. (Goodbye. Do not be sad. I'm going to write about you.)

But if you're a billionaire, you grief over your personal issues will be announced as art exhibitions. Then, probably the young ladies, women will be lining up to "submit themselves" to make you fall in love with them. Ahahhaha .... money! This is just a matter of money, you know? A lot of money! Your money! Money makes me laugh because of this illustration.

SPORTS : Brian Boitano announces he is gay

SHINE : The 9 Biggest Mistakes You Make Baking Cookies

TRAVEL : Hotels with the world's best views

GOOD MORNING AMERICA : Husband Wants Pregnant Wife Off Life Support

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HOMES : Chris Brown seeks $1.92 million for his home, (in)famous for its graffiti-style artwork

SHINE : Haute Cocoa: 3 Irresistible Reasons to Ditch the Pre-Made Packet

GAMES : The Most Controversial Toys of 2013

OMG!12 Pop Culture Moments That Swallowed the Internet in 2013
Celebrity Babies Born in 2013




Brazil: Few women attend Rio topless ban protest

Pussy Riot member freed in Russia
Maria Alyokhina, a member of Russian punk bank Pussy Riot, has been freed early from prison under an amnesty, her lawyer says.
* Pussy Riot member 'more mature' - VIDEO
* Russian Church defiant over trial

MAGAZINE : Musical exile -  Why Andras Schiff won't perform - or even set foot - in Hungary

FUTURE
Why do men have nipples? And aren't they pointless?
Aircraft safety: Should planes have parachutes?
Why Christmas rituals make food tastier
Because applying the abstraction of Divine Love, perhaps? Spiritual things that make us strong to fast for days or through this life with homeliness, hm? Well, I truly realize how the power of the spirit can beat physical strength. Example: When I am in love, I feel my stomach is very full, and I'm strong to not eat anything all day without feeling any pain.

Today I'm still in love, and I have not eaten anything whatever, just drink a few glasses of water, and I do not feel hungry. But a new problem comes. I want to be with him ​​right now, and it's not possible because it is constrained by time and distance between us. But this impossibility to give a sense of comfort for me, not anxiety. That's why I do not feel hungry, just keep the longing, and hope. Just like a flower bud waiting to bloom.

But, will the flower bloom forever? Impossible. The flower will wither, dry up, and maybe it will die. But I will never be sad, because I will be planting a new flower, and so on.


What? What are you talking about, Cisca? Please go back to the main topic: about food.

UN seeks to boost South Sudan force
UN chief Ban Ki-moon calls for the UN force in South Sudan to be almost doubled to 7,500 troops, as new details of alleged mass killings emerge.
* UN: The world is watching - VIDEO
* 'Atmosphere of fear' - VIDEO
* S Sudan unrest - in 60 seconds - VIDEO
* Q&A: South Sudan clashes
* Tangled web of S Sudan politics
* Last UK evacuation for S Sudan

Musharraf faces trial for treason
Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is to go on trial for treason - a charge he dismisses as politically motivated.
* How Musharraf shook off cases
* Profile: Pervez Musharraf 
* Key players in Pakistan's politics
* Doomed homecoming

HEALTHEating nuts during pregnancy 'may curb allergies'
Guinness World Record for heart transplant patient

SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT : The science and environment news highlights of 2013

Christmas tree 'stolen from care home'

Pope set for first Christmas speech
Pope Francis is due to make his first Christmas address as pontiff in front of thousands of pilgrims in the Vatican.
* In pictures: Christmas worldwide
* Christmas crowds gather in Bethlehem
* Church heads mark Christians' plight
* Pope's first Vatican Christmas Mass - VIDEO
* Profile: Pope Francis

VIDEOS
Christmas Day: Celebrations around the world
Pope Francis urges aid access to Syria in Christmas speech 
Canada storm: 'We have no power, no heating, no water'
Edward Snowden gives anti-spying Christmas message

Today's African Proverb
"When a child falls, he looks forward; when an elder falls, he looks backward"- A Yoruba proverb sent by Adenike Adebiyi and Johnson Folorunso Ajayi in the UK and Joshua Africa Orekhie in Nigeria
"Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped" - Sent by Ndawula Robert, Kampala, Uganda




Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina released from prison
Snowden will help Germany investigate NSA spying if granted asylumreport 
Immigrants sew mouths shut to demand release from migrant center in Italy
Magnetic swipe: Obsolete credit card tech makes US prime Target for fraudsters
Ice storm plunges Canadians into darkness and travel chaos (PHOTOS)
OP-ED : Khodorkovsky: Myths, hagiography and the pardon
World's most iconic rifle: AK-47 in pictures
14 dead, 130 injured as explosion destroys police office in Egypt
Inventor of AK-47 rifle Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94 
RIP Kalashnikov: 20 facts you may not have known about AK-47 and its creator
'I already won': Snowden is helping the NSA though it brands him a traitor
N. Korea's leader 'very drunk' when ordering purge of uncle's aides - report
US eases stance on Afghan security pact as pullout deadline nears
World's 1st self-regulating artificial heart transplanted in France
OP-ED : US and UK pursuing a 'massive land grab' in South Sudan
West trying to 'flirt' with Islamic front in Syrian crisis - Lavrov to RT
'Kalashnikov didn't care about making money out of AK-47'
Christmas chaos: Hundreds of flights delayed as fierce storms rage worldwide
► 'Thousands' killed in South Sudan violence, UN boosts peacekeepers to 12,500
Palestinian toddler dead as Israel sends jets, tanks in retaliatory Gaza op
► 'No conception of privacy': Snowden to deliver alternative TV Christmas message
Separatist spirit: Catalonia ditches Spanish King's Christmas speech
European Court of Human Rights decisions may become invalid in Russia
'Snowden is a very private person'Washington Post journalist to RT
Drone-spotting: Survival guide informs on new breed of aerial predators
Turkish protesters urge PM’s resignation as graft scandal shakes govt (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
Egypt formally declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group
UN condemns Christmas Eve demolitions of Palestinian homes by Israel
Belarus promises not to 'eat away' $2bn loan from Russia

VIDEOS
Homeless Fighter (RT Documentary). Vyacheslav is 41, he's homeless and unemployed. He uses the entrances to blocks of flats as shelter from the cold and sleeps in suburban trains. He doesn't like his life but isn't ready to change it either. Vyacheslav is no ordinary bum, he's a fighter. Fighting is his hobby, his life and sometimes his income. He's toured all over Russia, from Vladivostok to the Chechen Republic. He's always produced impressive results wherever he went. Vyacheslav show that anyone can fight, his only problem now is that, as time goes on, his rivals are getting younger and younger. Vyacheslav's fighting life story - only on RT!



Inventor of iconic AK-47 assault rifle Mikhail Kalashnikov dies at 94  || ■ 'Nothing else will attain such legendary status as Kalashnikov rifle achieved'
Oil & Chaos: UN wants to double forces in Sudan amid growing violence
Brotherhood Blamed: 14 dead, 130 injured as blast destroys police office in Egypt
'Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle easiest to fall in love with' - Ex-CIA officer
Threats of putting state secrets in private sector hands

Legendary Kalashnikov: Story of AK-47 Rifle (RT's Documentary). The Kalashnikov rifle needs no introduction. In this documentary we'll show you its origins, how it's made and tested, who uses it and much more. You'll be taken to the Izhmash manufacturing plant where the rifles are assembled, see elite soldiers from Russia's Interior Ministry train with the world-renowned weapon, and hear American war veterans recall their experiences with the gun. The inventor of the iconic AK-47 assault rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died at the age of 94.



'West trying to 'flirt' with Islamic front in Syrian crisis' - Lavrov (EXCLUSIVE). RT talks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He is worried that Western politicians are still trying to "flirt" with the Islamic front in Syria, although they are beginning to realize that overthrowing Assad's regime would play into the hands of terrorists.



Gone Fission: Fish caught near Fukushima may swim in food chain
Israel launches airstrike in Gaza Strip retaliating for deadly shooting
■ 'Mission Accomplished': Snowden opened secret world to public
Aerial Predator: Drone survival guide helps masses with UAV spotting
'Orwell's 1984 a fairytale compared to reality': Snowden delivers Xmas message





Inside Syria : Aleppo under attack

Khodorkovsky vows to stay out of Russia

Inside Story : The Putin of personality. Helping presenter Divya Gopalan to dissect this for Inside Story is former Russian diplomat Vyacheslav Matuzov; Michael Binyon, a former Moscow correspondent and author of the book 'Life in Russia'. He has met Mikhail Khodorkovsky. And we are also joined by Pavel Felgen-hauer, a Russian journalist and a critic of Moscow's political and military leadership.



Featured Documentary - Soapbox Mexico: Everyday Mafia

Inside Story : Who was really behind the Lockerbie bombing?

So we're back to the same question, " Does the British trade deal with Libya to free Abdelbeset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi only to protect contracts $ 900 million BP oil exploration and other potential trade agreements worth up to $ 8 billion? If so, what will happen to these contracts with the British attitude to support the Libyan rebels in their struggle to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi ? Think About It.

BBC 20 December 2013 : Lockerbie bombing: Megrahi relatives want to appeal

INDEPENDENT 22 December 2013 : 'Megrahi was my friend. He did not kill my daughter': Lockerbie father says British government is not telling the truth about the bombing
Featured Documentary - Life Apps: World of Apps
Inside Story : South Sudan: Sliding into civil war?
People and Power - Paraguay's Forgotten Coup 
Inside Story : Yemen: Redrawing the political map?



CHINA : Risky Business: The Problem With Political Purges - Beijing is brimming with rumors about the fate of a political giant. But there has been no word yet from the government

The World's Youngest Country Is Destroying Itself - South Sudan is teetering on the brink of civil war
* Americans Evacuated From South Sudan

Thanks But No Thanks, Putin - By Simon Shuster
Several Russian prisoners recently granted amnesty say their freedom is a pre-Olympics PR play
* Freed Member of Pussy Riot Calls for Boycott of Russia's Winter Olympics
Ouch ... ten years is not a short time, gentlemen! Khodorkovsky, you have a strong mental. I'm very sympathetic to you. Mmm ... there is something shining from within your eyes. I can see it. Time will tell us what it is.

I shiver with cold feeling every time I imagine how they rob your time so much, whereas we know that time can not run backwards, though only for so milli seconds.

I do not fully understand what was being agreed by events in the past with so many plans in the future, but I feel you deserve to be the president of Russia after Putin, because you have the main base to be a leader in the great state: strong soul.

So, you should remain engaged in the political world.




Oh, oh ... people, please see his eyes. It is a pair of eyes with a strong light, and sharp.
Russia, do not let this guy go. He has a special talent. Trust me.


PHILIPPINES : Christmas in Tacloban - A subdued celebration has taken hold in the typhoon-battered regions of the Philippines

VATICANPope Preaches Love at Christmas Eve Mass - Pope Francis celebrated his first Christmas at the Vatican

HOLIDAYS:  Times People Saved Christmas - These tales of kindness will get you in holiday spirit

ISRAEL : Violence in the Holy Land - Christmas clashes mar peace talks in Middle East 

HEALTH CARE : Obamacare Enrollment Surges at Deadline - People raced to sign up on Christmas Eve

BURMA : A Grim Christmas in Burma - 100,000 people are currently displaced

BUSINESS : New Consoles Sell Out During Holidays - But PS4 may be winning on secondhand market 

FOOD &DRINK : The Hottest Holiday Dishes - Local foods will be huge next year, new report says

VIDEOS
Pancho Claus: Texas's Other Santa
Kalashnikov: The Legacy of the World's Most Popular Weapon

Here Is an Adorable Compilation of Kids Reacting to Opening Christmas Presents

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ISRAEL : Violence in the Holy Land - Christmas clashes shadow Mideast peace talks
BRAZIL : Brazil Flooding Kills 32 - 50,000 forced to flee their homes
WEATHER : Storms Leave Thousands Powerless - It was a dark Christmas for many
NATIONAL : UPS Apologizes For Christmas Delays - Some gifts won't make it in time
BUSINESS : Xbox, PS4s Already Sold Out - Consoles enjoying stellar holiday sales
GAY RIGHTS: Gay Marriage Gets Win in Utah - Court denies state's request to block them
RUSSIA : Russia Drops Greenpeace Charges - Amid wave of pre-Olympics amnesties
VATICAN : Francis Gives First Christmas Mass - Thousands attended the Vatican



WORLD
A spy world reshaped by Edward Snowden

Khodorkovsky: For now, steering clear of Russia and politics

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SCIENCE : Spacewalk success! NASA astronauts ahead of schedule on ISS repairs

NATION
Obama warns of further military action, if needed, in South Sudan
Obama visits troops, spends a low-key Christmas with family
Storms, downed power lines leave many with a white but dark Christmas
Obama highlights common ground with Pope Francis

TELEVISION : Critic's Notebook: 'Duck Dynasty' controversy comes down to freedom

OP-ED : Why Obama should pardon Snowden

LOCAL : In the 'silent prison' of autism, Ido speaks out

Happy Holidays: Google Doodle avoiding 'war on Christmas' rumpus?

In China, nothing says Merry Christmas like ... an apple?

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, NBA style [Video]

OBITUARIES : Yusef Lateef dies at 93; Grammy winner blended jazz, world music

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FRAMEWORK
Pictures in the News | Dec. 24, 2013
Christmas lights from around the world
■ Pictures in the News | December 25, 2013 - Posted By: Marc Martin


Fireworks explode over a floating Christmas tree in Lagoa lake at the annual holiday tree lighting event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Victor R. Caivano / Associated Press





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CZ

"Thank you for your perception! I like your romantic side, even if I do not always comment and I'm glad that you're in my circle of friends."
(Courtesies by: Wolfgang A. Gerhardt)

Wolfgang A.Gerhardt : May be you like this Sunday collage

Cisca Zarmansyah : Before today, there never was a person doing this to me. You create a simple matter to look special. This is a special thing for me.

Cisca Zarmansyah : Thank you. I love it. I love you, my friend.

CieL- FreYa Ceastle : Hmm, he's so nice...















"I am me.
In all the world,
there is no one else exactly like me.
Everything that comes out of me
is authentically mine,
because I alone chose it --
I own everything about me:
my body,
my feelings,
my mouth,
my voice,
all my actions,
whether they be to others or myself.
I own my fantasies,
my dreams,
my hopes,
my fears.
I own my triumphs and successes,
all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me,
I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By so doing,
I can love me
and be friendly with all my parts.
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know
-- but as long as I am friendly
and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully
look for solutions
to the puzzles and ways
to find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do,
and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time
is authentically me.
If later some parts of how I looked,
sounded,
thought,
and felt
turn out to be unfitting,
I can discard that which is unfitting,
keep the rest,
and invent something new
for that which I discarded.
I can see,
hear,
feel,
think,
say, and do.
I have the tools to survive,
to be close to others,
to be productive,
and to make sense
and order out of the world of people
and things outside of me.
I own me,
and therefore,
I can engineer me.
I am me,
and I am okay."

VIRGINIA SATIR
(American Phychologist and Educator, 1916-1988)