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One of the world’s last 6 northern white rhinos has died – The Week Magazine

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014

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Hong Kong leader declares Occupy protest ‘over’ as last site cleared – Hindustan Times

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014

A committed core of around a dozen demonstrators had staged a sit-in at the centre of the last site in the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay as police cut away barricades and tore down banners and shelters. Seventeen people, from students to the elderly, were arrested without resisting, with some shouting “We will be back” and “Fight to the end”. Trucks and cleaning teams moved in to…

Sydney Hostage Standoff: 5 People Escape Lindt Chocolate Shop – ABC News

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014

Five people have escaped from a Sydney cafe after they had been taken hostage — with others still held inside as neighboring blocks remain locked down as police tried to negotiate with the armed perpetrator, authorities said. The remaining hostages are being held in the Lindt Chocolat Café, a chocolate shop and cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place, the city’s financial district where the Reserve Bank of Australia and several commercial…

Hostages held in Sydney cafe – CNN

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014

(CNN) — A major police operation was under way Monday in Sydney where hostages are being held in a cafe. CNN affiliate Seven Network said that at least 13 people are being held at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe. It published a photograph of people inside the building holding a black flag with Arabic writing on it. The flag reads: “There is no God but God and Mohammed is the prophet…

CIA torture report: Interrogation chief Jose Rodriquez warns of fall-out – CBC.ca

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

CIA veteran Jose Rodriguez claims that top Democratic legislators were thoroughly briefed and approved the program that U.S. President Barack Obama now calls torture. (CIA/Associated Press) The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on coercive tactics betrays intelligence officials and will erode their trust in future presidential administrations, a former CIA official who oversaw the agency’s enhanced interrogation program said Sunday. Jose Rodriguez, who headed the agency’s counterterrorism section and its clandestine…

Jeb Bush Releasing Emails, E-Book Ahead of Possible Presidential Run – Bloomberg

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Jeb Bush knows how to get the political world buzzing. In a sign that the former Florida governor may be inching closer to running for president in 2016, Bush said in a television interview this weekend that he is penning an e-book and will release some 250,000 emails early next year from his time in office. “I was digital before digital was cool, I guess,” he said in an interview…

In Japan snap elections, voters back Abe’s economic reforms Japanese exit … – CNN

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tokyo (CNN) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s political gamble to call snap parliamentary elections appears to have paid off, with exit polls showing his party won a landslide victory in Sunday’s vote. Official results are still being tallied, but Japanese public broadcaster NHK said Abe’s ruling coalition had secured a two-thirds majority in Parliament’s Lower House, winning 326 of 475 seats. And the White House offered congratulations to Abe and…

Suspect Arrested in Shooting Death of Auburn Football Player Jakell Mitchell – NBCNews.com

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

A suspect in the early morning shooting death of an Auburn University football player was arrested Sunday, according to police. Markale Deandra Hart, 22, was charged with murder in connection with the death of Jakell Mitchell, 18, who was found dead at an apartment near the school’s campus after police received a report of shots fired in the area, according to a statement from the Auburn Police Department. Hart…

Police in Texas issue Amber Alert for 4-year-old boy after mother found dead – Fox News Latino

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Denton, Texas –  Denton police have issued an Amber Alert for 4-year-old Richard Alekzander Lara after discovering her mother dead inside a Denton insurance agency on Saturday. Denton police spokesman told Fox News that the missing child’s father, Ricardo Lara Martinez, is a person of interest in the homicide.  Police identified the dead woman as 27-year-old Maria Isabel Romero Medina, of Denton. According to the police, an employee of the insurance…

On Torture Report, Colorado’s Udall Leaves Subtlety at Door on the Way Out – New York Times

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

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Jeb Bush in the running: Is he or isn’t he? – Christian Science Monitor

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa — Jeb Bush‘s big donors and allies are tantalized by his promise to decide “in short order” whether to run for president. But supporters are struggling to understand what his actions mean and whether they can predict his political intentions. Bush is scheduled to give the commencement address Monday at the University of South Carolina during his second visit in recent months to the state that’s set…

Climate deal eked out in Lima advances talks as diplomats eye global pact next … – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Efforts to forge a comprehensive climate treaty advanced early Sunday as diplomats eked out an agreement that commits all countries to addressing the causes of climate change but leaves many of the particulars unresolved. Negotiators who gathered in Lima, Peru, announced an accord at 1 :30 a.m., after 11 days of often rancorous talks that ran more than 24 hours into overtime. The agreement builds on recent momentum for a…

Deal reached at UN climate talks in Peru – USA TODAY

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christiana Figueres and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal celebrate the approval of the proposed compromise document handed out during the marathon UN talks in order to meet the final goal of the UN COP20 and CMP10 climate change conferences in Lima.(Photo: CRIS BOURONCLE, AFP/Getty Images) LIMA, Peru — The latest round of United Nations climate talks ended in the early hours of Sunday morning — nearly 33 hours later than scheduled — with…

Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill, averting partial gov’t shutdown – Fox News

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Saturday that funds the government through next September, averting a partial government shutdown and sending the measure to President Obama’s desk. The Senate voted 56-40 for the long-term funding bill, the main item left on Congress’ year-end agenda. The measure provides money for nearly the entire government through the end of the current budget year Sept. 30. The sole exception is…

Death toll reaches 32, with 76 missing, after mudslide collapses hill in central … – Fox News

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

BANJARNEGARA, Indonesia –  Rescuers pulled more bodies from the debris Sunday after heavy rain in central Indonesia loosened soil and collapsed a hill, setting off a landslide that killed at least 32 villagers and left 76 others missing under piles of mud. About 2,000 rescuers, including soldiers, police and volunteers, were digging through the mud and the wreckage of crumpled homes, getting some relief from clear weather following days of…

Families of Slain African-Americans Join ‘Justice for All’ March in Washington DC – ABC News

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thousands of protesters walked down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. today to march alongside the families of African-Americans killed in recent months by law enforcement officers. The demonstration in Washington was echoed by marchers in cities across the country, including New York, where protesters took to Fifth Avenue and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, blocking traffic, and in Boston, where dozens were arrested. Across the country, demonstrators also turned out…

Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill, averting partial gov’t shutdown – Fox News

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Saturday that funds the government through next September, averting a partial government shutdown and sending the measure to President Obama’s desk. The Senate voted 56-40 for the long-term funding bill, the main item left on Congress’ year-end agenda. The measure provides money for nearly the entire government through the end of the current budget year Sept. 30. The sole exception is…

Thousands March Across Nation to Protest Police Killings of Black Men – NBCNews.com

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thousands gathered across the country to protest police violence against black men and boys in demonstrations that at times turned violent late Saturday. In New York, where the protests were largely peaceful and soared to numbers of an estimated 25,000 people, two police officers were assaulted by protesters and hospitalized, the NYPD said. The incident occurred Saturday night on the Brooklyn Bridge after two lieutenants observed a man attempting…

Jeb Bush to release e-book, emails from tenure as Florida governor – Fox News

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dec. 2, 2014: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talks to supporters after speaking at the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC’s 11th Annual Luncheon in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) Jeb Bush said Saturday that he plans to release approximately 250,000 emails from his years as Florida’s governor, as well as an electronic book.  An aide to the governor told Fox News that the emails would be released ahead of…

Indonesia rescuers use earth movers in landslide rescue as toll rises to 24 – ABC Online

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2014

Posted December 14, 2014 17:25:06 Photo: Villagers dig out a motorcycle buried in the mud by the landslide in Banjarnegara. (Reuters/Antara Photo Agency: Idhad Zakariah) The death toll from an Indonesian landslide has risen to at least 24 and more than 80 people are still missing as rescuers use heavy-lifting equipment for the first time to clear roads leading to the site of the disaster that destroyed a village….