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Islamic State Captures Jordanian Pilot In Syria

Jordan says one of its pilots was captured by the self-titled Islamic State in Syria. The plane crashed while the pilot was conducting airstrikes against the militants. The U.S. military is trying to determine the cause of the crash.
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A Blizzard Of Cash: Christmas Comes Early To Hong Kong

Drivers and pedestrians leapt into busy Hong Kong traffic to scoop up millions of dollars of bills spilled by a security van. Much of it has not been returned.
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Japanese Artist Indicted For 'Vagina Kayak'

Provocative artist Megumi Igarashi has been arrested twice in Japan this year for distributing data that lets people make a 3-D printed kayak that incorporates a model of her genitals.
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U.S. Strikes Have Killed 1,100 ISIS Fighters And Cost $1 Billion

Spending exceeds $8 million per day. Operation Inherent Resolve, as the U.S.-led operation against the Islamic State is known, is getting its own inspector general to oversee government costs.
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China's Fierce Anti-Corruption Crackdown: An Insider's View

China's president has pushed hard to combat corruption. But he's meeting resistance from some bureaucrats who say their incomes have fallen because bribes are less common.
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Contractor Freed By Cuba Will Get $3.2M From U.S.

A USAID official confirmed the payment to Alan Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison. It's part of a settlement with the Maryland-based company for which he worked at the time of his arrest.

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25 Years After Death, A Dictator Still Casts A Shadow In Romania

Nicolae Ceausescu ruled with an iron fist for 25 years until he was overthrown and executed on Christmas Day in 1989. A quarter-century after his ouster, the country is still dealing with his legacy.
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Turkey's President And His 1,100-Room 'White Palace'

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the massive presidential complex is a symbol of Turkey's growing importance. But as one opposition politician puts it: Only dictators want to live in palaces.
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Jordanian Plane Goes Down Over Syria; Islamic State Captures Pilot

U.S. military officials tell NPR they believe the plane wasn't shot down by ISIS, and they're still working to determine what brought the plane down.
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Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food

Two classic Christmas dishes beloved by the people of Guyana are pepperpot and garlic pork. To get the flavors just right, you have to cook them and let them sit out for weeks.

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