American in Al Qaeda Custody Asks Obama to 'Work' for His Release

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_5fce6b78ac.jpgАндрей Бортников/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- An American contractor who was kidnapped from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, in August 2011 by al Qaeda militants is appealing to President Obama to work for his release. Al Qaeda has released a 13-minute video of Warren Weinstein, showing him with a thick beard and wearing a grey jump suit and saying he feels “abandoned and forgotten.”

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Drone Strike Kills Four Suspected Militants in Pakistan

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_2b63cf33bf.jpgStocktrek Images/Thinkstock (ISLAMABAD) -- Four alleged militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike in northern Pakistan on Thursday. The attack involved a pair of missiles that were fired at a compound near Miranshah in North Waziristan. The identities of those killed were not immediately known. In a statement Thursday, Pakistan strongly condemned the attack, calling drone strikes a violation of the country’s "sovereignty and territorial integrity."

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Muslim Brotherhood Declared a Terrorist Organization

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_58bc8131c8.jpgIbrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (CAIRO) -- Egypt’s interim government on Wednesday labeled the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, the strongest signal yet that it will not try to work with the Islamist group that once had brief control of the country. The declaration means that the government can take action against anyone belonging to, promoting or financing the Brotherhood.

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Queen Elizabeth Emphasizes 'Reflection' in Christmas Message

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_bdb8701aff.jpgJohn Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images (LONDON) -- On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II delivered her traditional Christmas Day broadcast to the people of the United Kingdom. Addressing the nation from Buckingham Palace, the Queen emphasized the importance of "reflection" as the year draws to an end. Her majesty spoke about her remarkable year from the birth of a great grandchild to the 60th anniversary of her coronation, but also emphasized the need to look ahead.

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US Embassy in Kabul Attacked on Christmas Day

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_c76d209504.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Hundreds of American diplomats and aid workers in Kabul woke up Christmas morning to the sound of explosions, as the American embassy came under attack just after dawn. The explosions sent staff at the embassy – who live on the same compound during their off-hours – scurrying to bomb shelters for cover. The embassy sustained two hits from indirect fire, according to a US embassy statement provided to ABC.

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