Native artifact sale in Paris makes $1.6 million
PARIS (AP) -- A French auction house, after ignoring a plea by the U.S. Embassy to delay an auction of sacred Hopi masks, sold them briskly Monday along with other contested Native American artifacts for $1.6 million....
Tech giants call for controls on gov't snooping
LONDON (AP) -- Major technology companies, stung by revelations that the U.S. government collects people's personal data on their networks, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance....
'Rainbow Nation' mourners swarm Mandela's mansion
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Along a street lined with walled mansions shaded by graceful jacaranda trees, mourners, black and white, by the thousands rubbed shoulders Monday outside the villa where Nelson Mandela died, placing flower bouquets and condolence notes on top of piles already knee-high. Others danced while singing praise for the anti-apartheid leader - a vivid example of the "Rainbow Nation" unity of race-blind multiculturalism championed by Mandela for South Africa....
Obama heads to South Africa for Mandela memorial
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama headed to South Africa on Monday to speak at a national memorial service for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. He was joined on Air Force One by former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton....
Report: NSA spying on virtual worlds, online games
LONDON (AP) -- American and British intelligence has been spying on gamers across the world, media outlets reported, saying that the world's most powerful espionage agencies packed virtual universes full of undercover agents and surreptitiously monitored traffic across online fantasy games such as "World of Warcraft."...
Romance novelist Ida Pollock dies at 105
LONDON (AP) -- Ida Pollock once said she was born to write. And so she did - millions of words over more than seven decades, spinning tales of impecunious young women romanced by handsome older men in far-flung locations....
Angry mobs attack in C. African Republic capital
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- Dozens of young men stood waiting for storm clouds to pass, as wind stirred up swirls of red dust on the deserted street in Central African Republic's capital. Through the drizzle they spotted a man in a flowing white robe traditionally worn by Muslims, hand-in-hand with his adolescent son....
South Africa names speakers for Mandela ceremony
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa says United States President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be among world leaders speaking at a mass memorial service for Nelson Mandela....
Ukraine opposition: Riot police stormed our office
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A top Ukrainian opposition party says heavily armed riot police have stormed its office in downtown Kiev. The move comes as the Ukrainian capital has been crippled by massive anti-government protests....
Purge sends chilling message to NKorea's elite
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- While the rest of North Korea's top brass leaped to their feet before Kim Jong Un, clapping wildly in a requisite show of respect at high-level meetings, his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, often seemed nonchalant, at times even bored. Once considered the force behind the young leader, he displayed a bold insouciance that seemed calculated to show he was beyond reach....
Do you think Congress will reach a budget deal before the House goes on recess on December 13th <More Info>
Just two months after the last government shutdown ended, lawmakers are once again struggling to meet the deadline for funding the government. Congress is giving itself until Jan 15th to pass a budget and until December 13th to reach a tentative deal at the committee level.
Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to refuse to hear Liberty University's challenge of ObamaCare?