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In Christmas Message, Snowden Tells Britons 'Privacy Matters'

In a short addressed televised on Britain's Channel 4, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden said, "A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all."
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U.S. Embassy In Kabul Hit By Indirect Fire

Officials are investigating after two rockets hit an open area at the embassy Wednesday morning. There were no injuries.
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When Is Cinnamon Spice Not So Nice? The Great Danish Debate

Cinnamon swirls are beloved in Denmark, but recent testing by the Danish government found many of these rolls had more of the spice than allowed by European health guidelines. Now bakers may have to change their time-tested recipes. Too much cinnamon? Yes, there is such a thing.
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South Sudan's Political Rift Leads To Violent Deaths

Violence continues in the young country of South Sudan, which gained independence in 2011. An estimated 1,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands uprooted. On Tuesday, the United Nations voted to send thousands more peacekeepers there.
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Major Gen. McConville Praises U.S. Forces in Afghanistan

For the 13th year in a row, U.S. troops are spending Christmas in Afghanistan. For the 7,500 of them based in the eastern part of the country, Major Gen. James McConville is providing the closest thing to a visit from Santa.
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Nativity Scenes Liven Centuries-Old French Village

The small French village of Flavigny was dark and quiet around Christmas time until a resident organized a Nativity wonderland. There are 85 Nativity scenes in the windows of village houses and a treasure map to help visitors find them.
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U.S. Catholics Invigorated By Pope Francis' First Year

Pope Francis has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year. But what do American Catholics make of their widely-praised new pope? Most people like how he accepts everybody that wants to be part of the church.
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Escalating Violence In Syria Kills More Than 300 In 10 Days

Syrian air force helicopters are dropping "barrel bombs" on rebel-held parts of Aleppo. Meanwhile, rebel forces are battling control of an industrial town just north of Damascus, where there have been reports of gruesome sectarian attacks.
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Crocker: Assad Is 'Brutal Beyond Belief' But Better Than Rebels

Ryan Crocker, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, recently advocated in a New York Times op-ed for U.S. engagement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Crocker thinks Assad is not going anywhere soon and the U.S. should act accordingly. Robert Siegel talks to Crocker about what he thinks U.S. policy toward Syria should be.
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In Little Town Of Bethlehem, U.S. Aid On Display At Christmas Market

Christmas is the high season in Bethlehem. The traditional birthplace of Christ is the biggest tourist attraction in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. And this holiday season, the U.S. Agency for International Development donated almost $400,000 to bolster the festivities.

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