Sen. Rand Paul Calls for 'Reasonable Sentence' for Edward Snowden

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_ee4105763a.jpgUS Senate (WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. said on This Week that he does not believe NSA leaker Edward Snowden should be given clemency, but that he should be offered a "fair trial with a reasonable sentence" to allow him to return to the United States to face charges. "I don't think Edward Snowden deserves the death penalty or life in prison, I think that's inappropriate, and I think that's why he fled, because that's what he faced," Paul told George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday.


Dennis Rodman to Return to North Korea With Team of Former NBA Players

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_f9cd1e9413.jpgTORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images (PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he's taking a team of former American players to North Korea for an exhibition game to help dictator Kim Jong Un celebrate his 31st birthday. A North Korean senior basketball team will take on the American side that includes former NBA all stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker.


Pope Francis Announces First Trip to Holy Land

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_324bc9e9bc.jpgFranco Origlia/Getty Images (ROME) -- The Pope has formally announced his first trip to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. From May 24 to May 26, Pope Francis will visit Amman, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem, where he'll celebrate mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The last visit by a Pope to the holy land was Pope Benedict in 2009.

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U.S. Coast Guard to Send Ship to Help Vessels Stuck in Antarctic Ice

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_5edf672e76.jpgAndrew Peacock/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Coast Guard is sending a ship to assist with the extraction of a pair of ships that have been stuck in the Antarctic ice. The Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian research vessel, got stuck in the ice on Christmas Eve. The ship was carrying 74 scientists, tourists and crew.


State Dept. 'Concerned' Amid Reports Al-Qaeda Gaining Control in Iraq

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_f59f8afce5.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (FALLUJAH, Iraq) -- Following reports on Thursday that groups linked to al-Qaeda had been gaining control of cities in western Iraq, the U.S. State Department issued a statement expressing their concern. The State Department says it is "concerned" by the efforts of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -- a group tied to al-Qaeda -- to gain power in Iraq as well as Syria.