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13 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Tunisia election: anti-Islamist Beji Caid Essebsi claims victory in disputed poll

Veteran has claimed victory in countrys first free presidential poll but incumbent Moncef Marzouki refuses to concede defeatRunoff presidential election completes Tunisias transition to full democracy Continue reading...

18 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world N.Y. police say gunman who killed officers told bystanders to watch him

Minutes before he gunned down two police officers, a man told two bystanders, Watch what Im going to do, officials said Sunday as they pieced together the movements of a killer whose actions further roiled relations between the mayor and police unions and cast a shadow on a...

19 minutes ago // New York Times

world Laszlo Varga, Cellist for the New York Philharmonic, Is Dead at 89

After escaping a Nazi work camp, Mr. Varga became principal cellist for the New York Philharmonic in 1951 and remained in the post for 11 years.

20 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Messy Mix: Winter Storms Loom Over Holiday Travel

Storms are brewing in the U.S., bringing rain, snow and wind that look set to snarl the holiday travel period.

24 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Metrolink train hits man on tracks in Covina, killing him

A Metrolink commuter train hit and killed a man on the tracks in Covina on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

25 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Gun-Toting Canadian Shot by U.S. Agents at Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers on Sunday shot and wounded a man walking with a gun from the Canadian side of the border to Detroit.

32 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world At New York vigil for slain officers, marchers say hearts are broken

As dozens of people gathered in Harlem on Sunday to honor two slain New York police officers, President Obama expressed his condolences and the president of the NAACP decried the gunman's claim that he was avenging two unarmed black men who died in confrontations with police last summer.

36 minutes ago // BBC

world Survivors urge abuse inquiry overhaul

Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.

39 minutes ago // New York Times

world Sinosphere Blog: Beijing Battles Decline in Tourism

Beijing is considering several measures to increase tourism, including extending visa-free entry to 96 hours, the government-run newspaper China Daily reported.

39 minutes ago // MSNBC

world 'I Can't Die Like This': The Shooting That Began Rampage

The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two cops screamed for help after she was shot and said: "I can't die like this," according to a neighbor.

40 minutes ago // New York Times

world Sinosphere Blog: A Child With H.I.V., Shunned by His Entire Village

More than 200 villagers in the southwestern province of Sichuan, including the boys guardian, have signed a petition unanimously calling for the boys expulsion.

41 minutes ago // Newsvine

world United Nations News Centre - Syrian army carrying out 'major military operation' against key city UN official

#Syria #Remembers April27,2011 "27 April 2011 – Reliable sources indicate the Syrian army is carrying out a major operation in the city at the centre of popular protests against the country's Government, firing at unarmed civilians, preventing medical personnel from helpin …

42 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Lakers consider resting Kobe Bryant after 108-101 loss to Sacramento

They're starting to stack up now, too many in a row to be called a fluke.

49 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world The Times' boys' basketball rankings

A look at the top 25 high school boys' basketball teams in the Southland:

50 minutes ago // BBC

world S Korea holds cyber drill after hack

South Korea's nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker.

53 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Monday's TV Highlights: 'Anger Management' on FX

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56 minutes ago // CBS

world Son of slain policeman posts sorrow on Facebook

The teenaged son of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos said he did not understand why "everyone says they hate cops"

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Obama Faces Battle With Congress Over Cuba

Congress controls some of the most significant restrictions on travel, tourism and trade between the two countries, and lawmakers from both parties have made clear they plan to complicate Mr. Obamas efforts.

1 hour ago // Newsvine

world Strong quake hits east Indonesia; no tsunami threat

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Sunday evening, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami. The magnitude-6.6 quake was centered 157 kilometers 98 miles west of the t …

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world In Cuba, reactions to thaw with U.S. run from cold to warm

The weekly ritual was underway. Silent and holding fake fuchsia-colored gladioluses, the Ladies in White paraded from church and down 5th Avenue in residential Havana to demand the release of political prisoners and, on this Sunday, to decry the Obama administration's rapprochement with Cuba.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Not Quite Checkmate for the Bundesbank

The Bundesbank is now powerless to stop the eurozones debts becoming mutualized on the ECBs balance sheet. But acquiescing might secure for Germany some degree of control over surrender terms, says Simon Nixon.

1 hour ago // The Telegraph

world New York gunman to bystanders: 'Watch what I'm going to do'

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who shot dead two NYPD officers, had long history of mental instability, violence and arrests, according to police

1 hour ago // UPI

world Russian Facebook blocks page supporting Putin's biggest critic

Fred LambertMOSCOW, Dec. 21 UPI -- A page supporting one of Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics has been blocked by Facebook after the social media site was pressured by the Russian government.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world A 'real' portrait of 'Big Eyes' artist Margaret Keane

Margaret Keane sighs softly and shifts uncomfortably in her seat. She's just been asked to describe what she felt the first time she saw "Big Eyes," the new Tim Burton film about her life and her art paintings of waifish children with weepy saucer eyes that became ubiquitous in the...

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Kurdish fighters enter Islamic State-occupied town of Sinjar

Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Sunday entered the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, which has been held by Islamic State militants for months.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world As Lakers struggle, Robert Sacre leads fewer bench celebrations

SACRAMENTO The end of the Lakers' bench is a lot quieter these days.

1 hour ago // The Washington Post

world Boko Haram releases video of extremists killing civilians

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria A new video from Nigerias home-grown Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen shooting civilians lying face down in a dormitory and a leader saying they are being killed because they are infidels or nonbelievers.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world Why Saudis Decided Not to Prop Up Oil

Behind OPECs decision not to cut crude output was Saudi Arabias view that Americas energy boom poses a new threatone factor in a growing distance between the two allies.

1 hour ago // CBS

world Will NYPD officers' murders derail the protest movement?

Some blame the protest movement from the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases for Ismaaiyl Brinsley's execution of two cops

1 hour ago // Reuters

world China foreign minister says willing to help Russia

BEIJING Reuters - China is willing to help Russia if needed but believes that the country has the ability to overcome its current economic problems, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted as saying in a state newspaper on Monday.

1 hour ago // Wall Street Journal

world India's Nuclear Ambitions Rattle Tsunami-Hit Coast

Along Indias southern coastravaged by the 2004 tsunamia new nuclear plant towers over the shoreline. Activists, fearful of a repeat of the Fukushima meltdown, want to stop the plant from going online.

1 hour ago // Time

world Veteran Tunisian Statesman Claims Win After Presidential Run-off

Of all the countries whose leaders were felled by the Arab Spring, Tunisia is alone in that it is hailed as a model for democratic reform

1 hour ago // CBS

world New day for Cuban-American relations

Scott Pelley reports from Havana as the U.S. reopens diplomatic relations with its longtime Cold War enemy

1 hour ago // CBS

world FSU clears Jameis Winston in student conduct hearing

Evidence of Heisman Trophy winner's alleged sexual assault was "insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof"; accuser has five days to appeal

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Family of Slain NYPD Officer: City and Cops Must Mend Ties

Loved ones of Officer Rafael Ramos, fatally shot with his partner in Brooklyn, asked City Hall to mend its ties with the city's police department.

1 hour ago // BBC

world VIDEO: Tunisia voters proud to cast ballots

Voters in Tunisia are choosing their first freely elected president in a run-off election seen as a landmark in the country's move to democracy.