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2 hostages die, gunman killed in Sydney

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:17pm
Australian special forces stormed the cafe and shot and killed the suspect. Two of the 17 hostages died at the hospital, police say.
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Photos: See Sydney hostage siege unfold

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:05pm
Gunfire erupted early Tuesday as police stormed the Sydney cafe where a gunman had been holding hostages since Monday morning.
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Human Rights Watch: Russia fails to protect LGBT people

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:40pm
Russian authorities are failing to protect gay people from persecution and are not prosecuting the perpetrators of a growing number of homophobic attacks, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.
Categories: International News

Mystery objects wash up

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:15pm
Blocks made of a rubber-like material have been washing ashore for decades. Where do they come from? Isa Soares reports.
Categories: International News

Boiling water thrown at flight crew

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 1:05pm
A Chinese couple allegedly threw hot water on a flight attendant and threatened to blow up the plane, forcing the Nanjing-bound plane to turn back to Bangkok.
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U.S. Marine charged with murder in death of transgender woman

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:15pm
A U.S. Marine has been charged with murder in the death of a transgender woman who was found strangled in a Philippines hotel room in October, a prosecutor said.
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Confirm new surgeon general

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:27am
David Gergen says Dr. Vivek Murthy is eminently qualified for confirmation by the Senate today as surgeon general.
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Would you rather be sexy or smart?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:53am
Carol Costello asks whether American culture sends a message to girls that it's not cool to study math and science fields.
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Al-Shabaab blamed for five beheadings

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 9:31am
A Quran teacher in central Somalia was the fifth beheading victim in one week at the hands of Al-Shabaab, the al Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia.
Categories: International News

India youths' high sucide rate

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:54am
Mikhail Furtado was extremely worried about his 12th-grade exams.
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Death roll rises in Indonesia landslide

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:52am
The death toll from a landslide that struck a village in central Java Friday, burying dozens of homes, has risen to 39, Indonesian authorities say.
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The little prince's Christmas photos

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 8:12am
Forget about William and Catherine. The real star of this family is Prince George -- as this year's release of the royals' official Christmas photographs proves.
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Sweden says Russian military plane nearly hit passenger jet

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:55am
A Russian military intelligence plane nearly collided with a commercial passenger jet south of Sweden on Friday, the Swedish air force chief said Sunday.
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Japan's proposed underwater city

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:49am
What would happen if the legend of the lost City of Atlantis was crossed with the screenplay of Kevin Costner's 1995 hit movie Waterworld? Maybe something like Ocean Spiral -- an underwater metropolis which generates all of its own energy from the seabed and is capable of providing homes and accommodation for 5,000 people.
Categories: International News

Now only 5 left worldwide

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:44am
A northern white rhino has died at a San Diego zoo, leaving only five worldwide and bringing the species closer to extinction.
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Mom: Reeva didn't need to be Mrs. Pistorius

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:31am
June Steenkamp talks to CNN's Christiane Amanpour about the loss of her daughter Reeva and the Oscar Pistorius trial.
Categories: International News

Watch man do aerobatics with jetpack

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:28am
CNN's Jim Clancy talks to daredevil aviator Yves Rossy, known as the Jetman, about his latest stunt in Dubai.
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Out of battery? Use a 'Strawberry Tree!'

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:09am
A Serbian start-up has created the world's first solar paneled mobile phone charger which has won the European Union Sustainability Award and the Verge Accelerate start-up competition in San Francisco.
Categories: International News

Billion dollar temples of pleasure

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:17am
Are sports stadiums our modern day cathedrals?
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10 reasons to experience the mind-blowing AfrikaBurn festival

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:56am
South Africa's answer to Burning Man is a surreal mirage of sculptures, music and mayhem under star-filled desert skies.
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