Russia Suicide Bombing Kills 15 Ahead of Olympics

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_8d2dbf75a5.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(VOLGOGRAD, Russia) --  A suicide bombing has killed at least 15 people and injured over 40 in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, raising concerns about terrorism just over a month before Russia hosts the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. A female bomber carried out the blast in a Volgograd train station, 400 miles from the site of the upcoming Olympics in the Russian resort town of Sochi, Russian authorities said. The Sochi 2014 Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on Feb. 7.

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Target Date for Removal of Syrian Chemical Weapons to Go Unmet

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_0ebea2fe97.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (DAMASCUS, Syria) -- On Tuesday, a target date for removing Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons will likely go unmet. Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime is cooperating with a joint United Nations/Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons team to remove chemical weapons for destruction at sea. The OPCW laid out a Dec. 31 target date when it announced its plan on Nov. 15.

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Ship Stuck in Ice Still Waiting for Aid After Rescue Ship Falters

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_7d71e990cc.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A Russian ship stuck in the Antarctic ice will have to wait a little while longer after the first icebreaking vessel sent to assist also got stuck in the ice. The Russian-operated Akademik Shokalskiy, an ice-strengthened vessel touring the Antarctic as part of a research mission, became stuck in thick ice off the coast of Antarctica on Wednesday.

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Bomb Kills Former Lebanese Finance Minister in Beirut

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_37a96dee9d.jpgRatib Al Safadi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (BEIRUT) -- Five people, including an advisor to former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, were killed in a bombing in Beirut Friday, the BBC reports. Dozens of others were also injured in the blast, which sent cars up in flames and damaged several buildings.

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Suicide Car Bomb Kills Three ISAF Troops in Afghanistan

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_623a67d276.jpgDaniel Oberbillig/Thinkstock (KABUL, Afghanistan) --  Three service members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan Friday. ABC News has confirmed one of the soldiers was American. The attack happened in Kabul, about half a mile away from Camp Phoenix, where hundreds of coalition soldiers are based.

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