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  1. huge arrest Mexican Cartel Chief Busted Damian Dovarganes/AP

    1. Mexican Cartel Chief Busted

    Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug rings, the Sinaloa cartel, has been arrested in Mexico. Guzman was captured in a joint operation by Mexican marines and the Drug Enforcement Administration at a hotel in Mazatlán, a beach resort town. According to U.S. officials, the operation had been ongoing for four or five weeks. Guzman was wanted in the United States for multiple federal drug trafficking charges and was named a Public Enemy No. 1 last year by the Chicago Crime Commission. 

    February 22, 2014 3:38 PM

  2. crying 'coup' Ukraine President Flees Kiev Gleb Garanich/Reuters

    2. Ukraine President Flees Kiev

    The president has left the building. Ukraine’s leader, Viktor Yanukovich, fled Kiev on Saturday, denouncing what he called a violent coup as his offices and residence fell into protesters’ control. Meanwhile, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was freed from a penitentiary hospital and the nation’s parliament found Yanukovich unable to fulfill his duties and arranged for a May 25 election to select a replacement. Don’t count the conflict as over yet though—Yanukovich made a TV appearance from Kharkiv, assuring viewers that he had not resigned and had no plans to.

    February 22, 2014 3:35 PM

  3. NO COMPROMISE Taliban Calls Off U.S. P.O.W. Talk Reuters

    3. Taliban Calls Off U.S. P.O.W. Talk

    Peace talks with the Afghan Taliban appear to be crumbling very fast. Last week, it was revealed that the U.S. and the Afghan Taliban were renewing discusssions about a swap of five Taliban members for America's only prisoner of war, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. However, on Sunday, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said "The leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the process for some time due to the current complex political situation in the country." On the same day, the Taliban killed 21 Afghan soliders in the mountainous region of Kunar, which borders Pakistan. Six soliders are also missing after the Taliban's most deadly assault on Afghan security forces in months.

    February 23, 2014 8:16 AM

  4. a new day Italian Prime Minister Sworn In © Tony Gentile / Reuters

    4. Italian Prime Minister Sworn In

    Fresh-faced and ready to rule. Italy’s Matteo Renzi was sworn in as prime minister on Saturday, one week after Enrico Letta’s government was toppled in an intra-party dispute. At 39 years old, he is the country’s youngest prime minister since World War II. Next, Renzi will face confidence votes in both houses of parliament next week. For his first 100 days in office, Renzi has pledged to overhaul Italy’s labor market, modify the tax code and change the country’s election law.

    February 22, 2014 3:32 PM

  5. that'll go well Maduro Seeks Talks With Obama JUAN BARRETO

    5. Maduro Seeks Talks With Obama

    In a news conference on Friday night, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro invited U.S. president Barack Obama to join him in talks to “put the truth out on the table” and aim to resolve the problems between the two countries.  Maduro called for a “high-level dialogue” that would inevitably be “difficult and complex” until the U.S. accepts what Maduro called “the full autonomy and independence of Latin America.” Earlier on Friday, Venezuela revoked the accreditation of three American journalists sent to cover opposition marches because of what Maduro called “hostile coverage.”  

    February 22, 2014 3:40 PM

  6. long overdue Obama to Award 24 Medals of Honor Uncredited

    6. Obama to Award 24 Medals of Honor

    Better late than never. 24 Army veterans, most of Hispanic or Jewish heritage, will be awarded the Medal of Honor in a mass ceremony on March 18. The awards are the result of a congressionally mandated review in order to ensure that eligible recipients were not overlooked due to prejudice. Only three of the 24 recipients are still living, and all have already received the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest military award. The review was mandated as part of the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act and of the 24 veterans, eight fought in Vietnam, nine in Korea and seven in World War II.

    February 22, 2014 3:29 PM

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    7. UAE Issues Fatwa on Mars

    The Red Planet may not have Martians, but it certainly won't have Muslims either, according to clerics in the United Arab Emirates. The country's religious leaders issued a fatwa banning Muslims from signing on to an upcoming trip to Mars. At least 500 Saudi Arabians and other Arabs have applied for the one-way journey offered by the Mars One company, which is hoping to set up a human colony on Mars. “Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam," the country's Islamic affairs committee announced, warning that those trying to escape Allah's judgment would be unable to do so even on Mars.

    February 20, 2014 4:55 PM

  9. new stars on the flag Six Californias Plan Moves Forward Alyson Aliano

    8. Six Californias Plan Moves Forward

    Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper is a man with a plan, and that plan involves splitting America’s most populous state into six different ones. And according to the California Secretary of State’s Office, that plan—which would split California into South California, West California, Central California, Silicon Valley, North California and Jefferson—now has the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures this week. Draper will need more than 807,000 signatures from registered voters by July 18 for the ‘Six Californias’ proposal to make it onto the November ballot. “Vast parts of our state are poorly served by a representative government dominated by a large number of elected representatives from a small part of our state, both geographically and economically,” according to the plan. 

    February 22, 2014 3:41 PM

  10. UNREST Europe Sanctions Ukraine Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

    9. Europe Sanctions Ukraine

    After a bloody week that left at least 75 protesters dead in Ukraine, the government and opposition leaders signed a deal Friday that apparently moves up elections to the end of this year, paves the way for a coalition government, and trims the president's powers. The opposition will hand over its weapons and withdraw from buildings and protest camps. The agreement was hashed out during an all-night mediation with Russian and EU representatives. Still, it's unlikely that protesters will accept the measure—early Friday morning, shots were still reportedly being fired in Kiev. On Thursday night, European foreign ministers announced sanctions would be imposed on Ukrainian officials responsible for the violence, including the freezing of their assets, denying travel visas, and suspending exports of equipment used to quash demonstrations.

    February 21, 2014 6:00 PM

  11. surprise elimination ‘DWTS’ Co-Host Leaves Kelsey McNeal

    11. ‘DWTS’ Co-Host Leaves

    Talk about a surprise elimination. Dancing With the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet will not return to the show when it premieres on March 17. She tweeted: “Weird day…Shocking pre-season elimination #DWTS…ME. @Tom_Bergeron didn’t even read my name.” In a statement to E! Online, Burke-Charvet, 42, said, “I’ve always been one to embrace change and looking forward to pursuing opportunities I previously wasn’t able to entertain because of contractual obligations to the show.” Burke-Charvet was the seventh season’s winner along with her dancing partner Derek Hough. The show is also replacing bandleader Harold Wheeler and his 28 musicians.

    February 22, 2014 3:48 PM