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  1. NO GO Karzai Says No Security Deal Rahmat Gul/AP

    1. Karzai Says No Security Deal

    In a statement, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he will not sign the security agreement with the U.S. if drone attacks continue. Karzai's declaration comes as he accused the U.S. of a drone strike Thursday that he says killed a two-year-old child. Despite years of negotiations, Karzai had attacked the tentative security agreement over issues ranging from U.S. involvement in elections and ending military raids. “This attack shows that American forces are not respecting the life and safety of Afghan people’s houses,” he said, "For years, our innocent people have become victims of the war under the name of terrorism, and they have had no safety in their homes.”

    November 28, 2013 6:44 PM

  2. ANGER Pakistan Party Wants Murder Trial B.K. Bangash/AP

    2. Pakistan Party Wants Murder Trial

    The political party of former cricket star Imran Khan says it has identified the CIA’s top spy in Islamabad, and wants him and CIA Director John Brennan tried for “committing murder and waging war against Pakistan.” The controversy over drone strikes in Pakistan escalated over the past few weeks, particularly the November 21 drone strike on a seminary. In a letter to Pakistani police, Shireen Mazari, the party’s information secretary, named the station chief, something the CIA has not confirmed as Pakistan is incredibly dangerous for CIA agents. The identity of the station chief is only supposed to be known by top officials in Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI.

    November 28, 2013 8:44 AM

  3. #BESTIES U.S. Spied at G20 Pool photo by Ben Stansall

    3. U.S. Spied at G20

    Best friends forever. New documents from Edward Snowden revealed that Candaian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government allowed the NSA to spy during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits in Canada. During the summits, the U.S. turned its embassy in Ottawa into a security command post, and the NSA briefing describes the plans as "closely co-ordinated with the Canadian partner." The targets of the surveillance were not revealed in the documents, however the document does note that the purpose of the spying was for “providing support to policymakers.”

    November 28, 2013 1:08 PM

  4. OOPS Three Salinger Works Leaked AP

    4. Three Salinger Works Leaked

    Talk about an online steal! Three J. D. Salinger stories, “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls,” “Paula,” and “Birthday Boy” which have previously only been available to read at research libraries, have been leaked via a bittorrent site and Reddit. Salinger scholar Kenneth Slawenski confirmed to Buzzfeed that these are truly Salinger's unpublished stories, having read the previously guarded manuscripts. On Reddit, the uploader claimed he found the works on eBay. One of the stories, "The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls," is considered Salinger's best unpublished work and is sort of a prequel to Catcher In The Rye.

    November 28, 2013 5:39 PM

  5. Come on In Iran Invites Nuclear Inspectors Hamid Foroutan/AFP/Getty

    5. Iran Invites Nuclear Inspectors

    Just five days after reaching an agreement with major world powers, the Internaional Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that Iran has invited international inspectors to tour the heavy water production plant in Arak beginning December 8. The plant in Arak is one of two controversial sites, the other being the Gachin mine in Bandar Abbas, as they could potentially be used in the production of plutonium for weapons. The Parachin military site was not part of the invitation however, and is suspected to be the location where Iran at one time tested devices for nuclear weapons.

    November 28, 2013 1:12 PM

  6. UH-OH Senator: Obama ‘Fear-Mongering’ Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

    6. Senator: Obama ‘Fear-Mongering’

    Senator Robert Menendez, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee slammed the White House on Wednesday for using what he sees as “over the top” language and “fear-mongering” to stop new sanctions on Iran after the administration negotiated an interim deal with the country. "What I don't appreciate is when I hear remarks out of the White House spokesman that ... if we're pursuing sanctions we're marching the country off to war. I think that's way over the top, I think that's fear-mongering," Menendez said on NPR. Menendez joins many Republicans and some Democrats who have been critical of the administration’s interim deal with Tehran in which Iran accepts limits on its nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions that have devastated its economy.

    November 28, 2013 8:42 AM

  7. peace, please? Syria and Rebels Confirm Talks AP Photo

    7. Syria and Rebels Confirm Talks

    Both representatives from Syria's government and the main opposition coalition will be partaking in the upcoming United Nations-brokered peace talks. There's no smooth sailing here, though. Both sides see different results from the talks, with the rebels hoping for a transitional government and the Assad administration asserting it will not surrender power. The negotiations will begin January 22 in Geneva. The West-backed Syrian National Coalition says President Assad will have no place in a new government, while the Syrian foreign ministry says if rebels "insist on holding fast to these illusions" they do not need to attend discussions.

    November 27, 2013 10:47 PM

  8. OMG Holidays May Face Toy Shortage Allison Joyce/Getty

    8. Holidays May Face Toy Shortage

    A shudder of fear just went through parents everywhere. Due to fears about consumer reluctance, many stores have ordered fewer toys, and toy shipments to the U.S. in the past six months are down two percent from 2012. While the major chains like Target, WalMart and Toys R Us say they should be fine, other stores say they are already out of certain toys (like the Rainbow Loom and Hog Wild’s Atomic Power Poppers). Retailers are likely worried that analysts are predicting revenues from holiday shopping to drop two percent, as 30 percent of shoppers expect to spend less this holiday season on toys.

    November 28, 2013 8:40 AM

  9. CONFRONTATION Japan And South Korea Test China Central News Agency/AP

    9. Japan And South Korea Test China

    It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. The Japanese government said Thursday that it flew military aircraft through China’s self-designated air defense zone to test China’s response, of which there was none. The government of South Korea also said that it flew surveillance airplanes through the zone on Wednesday without telling the Chinese. The recently expanded Chinese air defense zone covers disputed areas between multiple Asian countries, and set off a series of challenges, first from the U.S. and now two of its Asian rivals.

    November 28, 2013 1:35 PM

  10. YIPPEE Balloon Drama at Macy's Parade Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty

    10. Balloon Drama at Macy's Parade

    Hope you kept your eyes peeled to the TV screen, as there was lots of drama and some hot new arrivals in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A cart ran over the leg of one of Buzz Lightyear's handlers, sending her to the hospital. Spiderman might be able to beat the Green Goblin, but he was no match for one of Central Park's trees, which pierced his arm, causing it to deflate. Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time had its characters Finn and Jake featured. Meanwhile, Toothless from the DreamWorks hit How to Train Your Dragon also soared above the crowds. And some old-time favorites also got a refresh. Snoopy and SpongeBob each had brand new balloons, with SpongeBob now rocking a festive elf hat. The NYPD also ordered the ballons be flown at a lower height due to weather conditions.

    November 28, 2013 8:49 AM

  11. FAREWELL Jane Kean Dies at 90 Rodrigo Vaz/Getty

    11. Jane Kean Dies at 90

    The actress behind one of television's longest suffering characters has passed away. Jane Ken, best known as the wife of Ed Norton on the 1960s show The Honeymooners, died at age 90 due to complications from a fall. Kean had a long career, beginning in the 1950s with a nightclub act with her sister that brought them on The Ed Sullivan Show, and a run at the London Palladium. "There's something about the show--people relate to it," Kean said in a 1991 interview with The Times. "People believed the show was real, and that we really were the characters we played."

    November 28, 2013 1:29 PM

  12. FINALLY Sri Lanka to Tally Civil War Dead Eranga Jayawardena/AP

    12. Sri Lanka to Tally Civil War Dead

    The thirty-year civil war in the island nation of Sri Lanka and the human rights abuses that took place continue to haunt Sri Lanka on the world stage. After leaders of India, Canada and Mauritius boycotted the Commonwealth summit in the country due to its human rights record, the government announced it will conduct its first census to calculate “human and property damages” from the war. In 2012, the UN said that Sri Lanka was second in the world (behind Iraq) in terms of unresolved missing persons. In the last months of the civil war alone, tens of thousands of civilians are thought to have been slaughtered.

    November 28, 2013 1:37 PM

  13. FREE WILLY Barenaked Ladies Drop SeaWorld Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

    13. Barenaked Ladies Drop SeaWorld

    Since they're already millionaires, Barenaked Ladies will no longer play at SeaWorld after watching the CNN documentary Blackfish. The documentary is about a SeaWorld trainer killed in 2010 by an orca whale, and examines the problems of animal captivity. "This is a complicated issue, and we don't claim to understand all of it, but we don't feel comfortable proceeding with the gig at this time," the band said on Facebook. The band watched the documentary after fans launched an online petition through They also pointed out that SeaWorld has offered for the band to come “to the park to learn more about what they do, and how they do it.”

    November 28, 2013 1:38 PM

  14. Shalom Pope Francis to Visit Israel Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty

    14. Pope Francis to Visit Israel

    First Paula Abdul, and now Pope Francis. The pope will reportedly make his first visit to Israel at the end of May, fulfilling what he once said was a lifelong dream to visit the Holy Land. Back in September, while meeting with the Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Pope Francis told Edelstein, “I’ll come, I’ll come,” when he was asked to be the Speaker’s personal guest.

    November 28, 2013 1:14 PM

  15. SHOW MUST GO ON Thai Leader Survives Vote Wason Wanonchakorn/AP

    15. Thai Leader Survives Vote

    Despite protests in the tens of thousands that resulted in government buildings held hostage, Thailand’s parliament kept Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in power by a large margin (297-134). Police now count the protesters at 15,000, which is small compared to the multitudes last week. The protesters oppose Yingluck because she is the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister, who fled in 2008 before being convicted of abuse of power.

    November 28, 2013 8:46 AM

  16. THAT'S ALL FOLKS Demi and Ashton Divorce Final Stephen Lovekin/Getty

    16. Demi and Ashton Divorce Final

    This is a different kind of Hollywood ending. The divorce between Demi Moore, 51, and Ashton Kutcher, 35, was finalized after they filed in December 2012. At issue since they separated in 2011 was how to split their $300 million fortune. Since the divorce, Kutcher has been dating actress Mila Kunis, his former co-star on That ‘70s Show.

    November 28, 2013 8:52 AM

  17. HORRIFYING AZ Girls Endured Brutal Conditions Tucson Police Department/AP

    17. AZ Girls Endured Brutal Conditions

    New details have emerged about the state of the three girls, ages 12, 13 and 17, who were rescued Tuesday night from their Tucson home, where authorities say they were held as prisoners for two years. All the girls were reportedly malnourished and extremely dirty, and said they hadn’t bathed in four to six months. They were fed only once a day and visits to the bathroom were sometimes denied, forcing the girls to use bags and jars in their closets. Along with being under video surveillance 24/7, the girls endured loud music continually blared into their rooms. Police said when the girls were rescued, they had no idea what city or state they were in. The girls’ stepfather and their mother have been charged with kidnapping, emotional abuse of a child, and sexual abuse.

    November 27, 2013 7:24 AM

  18. SMOOTH Jason Kidd Spills Soda Kathy Willens/AP

    18. Jason Kidd Spills Soda

    He always was quick on his feet. Jason Kidd, the former NBA star who is now the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, spilled his drink with only a few seconds left and no time-outs, causing a delay and giving him a chance to talk to his team. In the slow-motion replay, Kidd can be seen telling Tyshawn Taylor, “Hit me.” Taylor subsequently does, knocking Kidd’s drink all over the floor. Kidd denies that he intentionally spilled the drink, but NBA star Andre Igoudala tweeted, “If I ever become a coach, I’m using that drink spill trick."

    November 28, 2013 8:51 AM

  19. spared Obama Pardons Turkey Named Popcorn Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

    19. Obama Pardons Turkey Named Popcorn

    Replete with the traditional bevy of jokes, President Obama pardoned "Popcorn," a lucky turkey that was picked from 80 contestants in the annual act of compassion on Wednesday. "It was, quite literally, The Hunger Games," Obama said of the competition, where votes came through via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. As for the runner-up, "Carmel," who is also escaping the oven, Obama joked "he's already busy raising money for his next campaign."

    November 27, 2013 5:23 PM

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