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Obama thanks troops for service

[2013-12-26 13:29]

US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle thanked US troops for their service on Wednesday during a Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanoehe Bay.

Japan PM visits Yasukuni Shrine

[2013-12-26 10:07]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the war-linked Yasukuni shrine despite strong opposition from neighboring countries.

No Kobe on Christmas, recovery is 'slow'

[2013-12-26 09:35]

Kobe Bryant wasn't happy about spending Christmas Day on the sideline, unable to help the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.

Betfair Hollywood Park closes down

[2013-12-26 08:52]

Horses break from the starting gate at the 75 year old Betfair Hollywood Park, which is closing down after tomorrow's race card, in Inglewood, California December 21, 2013.

Fancy a dip

[2013-12-26 07:54]

About 200 people brave 3 degree water temperatures during the 2nd annual Illinois Special Olympics Law Enforcement Polar Plunge at Wicks Lake at Jumers Casino & Hotel near Rock Island, Illinois on March 10, 2013. The event raises money for Special Olympics.

Navy lauded for foiling pirates

[2013-12-26 01:41]

In his 201-day stint fighting pirates in the Gulf of Aden in 2012, Cheng Wengang said the most intense mission was picking up 26 hostages who were released after being kidnapped for 19 months.

Agencies team up to improve smog forecasting

[2013-12-26 01:12]

After Tianjin drivers were confused by traffic-restriction orders from local environmental and transportation bureaus during a succession of smoggy days early this week, the need for timely smog alerts and forecasts has become urgent, authorities said.

Border police destroy smuggling tunnel into HK

[2013-12-25 09:14]

Border police find the entrance to a smuggling tunnel linking Guangdong and Hong Kong inside a private garage in a residential community near the border in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong province, on Dec 19, 2013. Guangdong border police worked with their Hong Kong counterparts and destroyed a smuggling tunnel under construction along the Changling Village section of Guangdong and Hong Kong.

UN sends 6,000 more peacekeepers to S Sudan

[2013-12-25 08:14]

The UN Security Council on Tuesday approved a recommendation to almost double the UN peacekeeping forces in conflict-torn South Sudan to better protect civilians from violence.

Christmas help needy

[2013-12-25 02:25]

A boy bites his empty plate while queuing for a free meal during Christmas celebrations at the town of Bislig, Tanauan in Leyte province, central Philippines December 24, 2013, a month after Typhoon Haiyan battered central Philippines.

Car bomb at Egyptian police HQ kills 14

[2013-12-24 09:32]

At least 14 people were killed and 130 others wounded early Tuesday as a powerful explosion ripped through local police headquarters in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Mansoura, semi-official Ahram newspaper reported on its website.

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