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Two Arrested In Shocking Shooting Death Of Chicago Girl

Chicago police say “two reputed gang members were out for revenge from a previous shooting when they opened fire on a group of students in a South Side park last month, killing 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton,”the Chicago Tribune writes this morning.

Icelandic MP who released Wikileaks video plans US visit despite legal threat

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, the Icelandic MP and member of the WikiLeaks team that released secret footage of a US Apache helicopter attack on civilians in Iraq, is planning to visit America for the first time since the ‘Collateral Murder’ video was made public to express her support forBradley Manning, the video’s alleged source.

North Korea nuclear test: Pyongpyong threatens ‘stronger response’

North Korea has warned it will follow up the nuclear test it carried out on Tuesday with “stronger” actions unless the US ends its hostility towards the regime.

Obama to launch ambitious agenda in state of the union address

Barack Obama plans to use his state of the union speech on Tuesday to kickstart an ambitious second term-agenda with commitments to immigration reform, gun control, cuts in nuclear weapons stockpiles and, above all, the economic recovery that eluded him over the past four years.

Fresh questions over Christopher Dorner’s dismissal as hunt continues

Police records have raised the possibility that there is a legitimate grievance behind Christopher Dorner‘s homicidal vendetta against theLos Angeles police department.

Iran says it is converting uranium, easing bomb fears

(Reuters) – Iran acknowledged on Tuesday that it was converting some of its higher-grade enriched uranium into reactor fuel, a move that could help to prevent a dispute with the West over its nuclear program hitting a crisis in mid-2013.

Air base falls as Assad’s forces come under pressure

(Reuters) – Syrian opposition fighters captured a military airport near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday in another military setback for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces which have come under intensifying attack across the country.

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