The United Nations announced on December 16 that it is asking for a total of $12.9 billion in aid, with $6.5 billion of that amount to go to refugees impacted by the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Ten years after the capture of Saddam Hussein by U.S. troops on December 13, 2003, observers have documented an Iraq that is still in turmoil, as al Qaeda militants wage an increasingly aggressive campaign to extend their influence over the country. 

President Obama took to the stage to lavishly praise the recently deceased South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela at a December 10 memorial service in Johannesburg. But before doing so, he extended a welcome handshake to Cuban President Raul Castro.

In the wake of Nelson Mandela's death, there are glaring inconsistencies in the statements by many self-declared "conservatives" who now praise Nelson Mandela as a "freedom fighter."

An aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of trying to pressure the Kabul government into signing the Biliateral Security Agreement that would keep U.S. and other NATO forces in Afghanistan for 10 or more years beyond the deadline for withdrawal of combat units by the end of next year.

Shortly after the death of South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela, the South African Communist Party and the African National Congress both released official statements acknowledging what was already well-known among experts: “Comrade” Mandela was indeed a Communist Party leader who served on the Soviet-backed organization’s Central Committee. 

The United States should use tactical nuclear weapons if a preemptive strike is necessary to prevent Iran from producing a nuclear weapon, U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) said in an interview on C-Span Wednesday. Any U.S. strike should be a "massive aerial bombing campaign," he added, with no American "boots on the ground."

Revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela died late Thursday, December 5, and presidents, dictators, and the press from around the world are in mourning, but it should be remembered that the U.S. government labeled his group a terrorist group for a reason.

After meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders over the last two days, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he is “encouraged by the continued commitment of both leaders to the pursuit of peace.”

Hassan al-Laqis, a senior Hezbollah commander, was shot on December 3 outside his home two miles southwest of Beirut, dying a few hours later on December 4. A statement released by Hezbollah said that al-Laqis was killed as he returned home from work around midnight.

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