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‘Slow, Plodding’ Economy Stalled By Housing Market

Posted on December 28 2011 by CHRIS ARNOLD / NPR

This month, consumer confidence jumped to itshighest level since April, a sign that the U.S. economy is starting to mend. But the housing market isn’t going along yet with this cheerier mood: Home prices were down 3.4 percent for the year as of October, according to a new report released Tuesday. Housing has been at the […]

Behind the Scenes: The Ceremony at the White House before the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors ( video)

Posted on December 27 2011 by The White House / IM

On December 4, the President welcomed the 2011 Kennedy Center honorees to the White House for a ceremony before the live performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The annual awards show celebrates individuals who have made a lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts–whether in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures, or […]

Nigeria churches hit by blasts ( video)

Posted on December 26 2011 by Al Jazeera / IM

At least 25 dead bodies removed from church near Abuja, with four more attacks reported in other locations. At least 25 people have been killed by an explosion outside a church near the Nigerian capital during Christmas celebrations, according to a relief worker. Witnesses also reported a string of other attacks, including a bomb and […]

Two new Earths and the search for life

Posted on December 26 2011 by elly

Editor’s note: Meg Urry is the Israel Munson professor of physics and astronomy and chairwoman of the department of physics at Yale University, where she is the director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics. This article was written in association with The Op-Ed Project. New Haven, Connecticut (CNN) — Americans were enthralled by fake reports of […]

Happy Holidays from the Obama Family (video)

Posted on December 24 2011 by The White House / IM

Shine, Give, Share Our theme for this 2011 holiday season is “Shine, Give, Share,” which offers an opportunity to pay tribute to our troops, veterans, and their families throughout the White House. This year, the official tour features 37 Christmas trees, 30 are natural trees and 7 are made from paper, felt or aluminum; a […]

Indonesia’s orangutans struggle to survive

Posted on December 23 2011 by Aljazeera / IM

Palm oil companies are suspected of killing the endangered animals to preserve their plantations. Indonesia is home to about 90 per cent of the world’s wild orangutan population, and was once covered by lush rain forests. But the endangered animals are quickly losing their natural habitat since more forests are being converted into palm oil plantations. […]

Almost 70 reporters killed worldwide in 2011

Posted on December 22 2011 by Aljazeera / IM

Cities in Syria, Egypt and Libya ranked among world’s most dangerous places for media, says Reporters Without Borders. Sixty-six journalists were killed worldwide in 2011, many of them while covering Arab revolutions, gang crime in Mexico or political turmoil in Pakistan, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has said. Ten journalists were killed in Pakistan - most of them murdered […]

Seven most commented iReports in 2011

Posted on December 21 2011 by CNN/ IM
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Politics, race and religion are touchy subjects, but they can also inspire fascinating conversations. CNN iReporters had a lot to say in 2011 — from debates on atheism, gay marriage and interracial relationships to an unlikely Confederate flag controversy in South Carolina. They also took time to comfort a young boy whose father was killed […]

Kim Jong-un leads mass mourning for father ( video)

Posted on December 21 2011 by Aljazeera / IM

Son and assumed heir of Kim Jong-il pays respects as South Korea sends condolences, despite tensions. Kim Jong-un, the son and apparent successor of North Korea’s late leader Kim Jong-il, has visited the body of his father to pay his respects, state media reports. “Comrade Kim Jong-un … paid a visit to the body of comrade […]

Powerful Portraits Capture China’s Empress Dowager

Posted on December 20 2011 by SUSAN STAMBERG / NPR

Intrigue! Riches! Sex! Some violence! Not the latest movie plot, but a story that lurks in the background of some 100-year-old photographs of The Empress Dowager – once the most powerful woman in Asia. The mostly black-and-white photos languished for decades in the archives of the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Now, they […]

North Korea in mourning for Kim Jong-il ( video)

Posted on December 20 2011 by Aljazeera / IM

Secretive nation’s “Dear Leader” dies after massive heart attack, prompting outpouring of national grief on state media. North Korea has declared a period of national mourning following the death of leader Kim Jong-il, who died at the age of 69 after suffering a heart attack, North Korean state media announced. Kim, known in the communist country as the “Dear Leader”, died […]

Migrants feared drowned off Indonesia ( video)

Posted on December 19 2011 by Aljazeera / IM

Only about 33 people rescued so far as boat believed to be carrying more than 250 people sinks off main Java island. A boat believed to be carrying more than 250 migrants, many of them from the Middle East, has sunk off Indonesia’s main island of Java, rescuers say. The vessel, which survivors said was headed […]

Real-life Story of Repentance: From Fishing Fanatic to Vegetarian Volunteer

Posted on December 19 2011 by Lydia / Tzu Chi / IM

Mr. Wu Zhaocai (吳朝財) is a Tzu Chi volunteer.  He was involved in the adaptation of the Water Repentance text and had joined a study group to learn more about the practice of repentance.  Through the study group and learning the repentance lyrics, he came to reflect on his favorite hobby–fishing. Mr. Wu used to […]

How The Army Made A Sandwich That Stays Fresh For Two Years

Posted on December 17 2011 by ELIZA BARCLAY / NPR

For the U.S. military around the world, the enemy can be hard to pinpoint and even harder to defeat. But back at home, the Army has a tiny and vexing foe in its sights: the bacteria that cause food to rot. In this bacterial battle, though, it’s clearer who’s winning, and the evidence is a […]

“A Final March Toward Home”

Posted on December 16 2011 by The White House / IM

With America’s war in Iraq coming to an end, the President welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki to the White House and invited him to a wreath laying ceremony, then spoke to troops at Fort Bragg on ending the war responsibly and standing by those who fought for it. After nearly nine years of sacrifice, the tide of […]

Hong Kong named world’s top financial hub

Posted on December 16 2011 by Aljazeera / IM

“Milestone” for Asia as Chinese city beats New York and London in influential annual survey of world financial centres. Hong Kong has become the first Asian city to top an annual survey of global financial development, overtaking the world’s traditionally dominant financial industry hubs in New York and London. The World Economic Forum on Tuesday said that […]

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