Top US Officials Fly to Central African Republic

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_2f927add61.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (BANGUI, Central African Republic) -- Two top U.S. diplomatic officials are flying to the war-torn Central African Republic on Thursday, marking the highest-level U.S. visit there since the country devolved into chaos that has left hundreds dead in the past weeks. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield are slated to land in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital of Bangui on Thursday morning.

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Americans Evacuated from Embattled South Sudan

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_c1274e4a8f.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- U.S. military planes have evacuated Americans from South Sudan amid continued political violence there, the State Department announced Wednesday. “This morning we safely and successfully evacuated three groups of U.S. citizens from South Sudan,” department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a written statement. “Two Department of Defense C-130 aircraft and a private charter flight departed Juba at 0530, 0535, and 0940 EST, respectively, carrying non-emergency Chief of Mission personnel, private U.S. citizens, and third country nationals.”

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Diary of Top Hitler Aide Posted Online

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_03864795ab.jpgThe U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has published for the first time hundreds of hand-written pages from the long-lost diary of leading Nazi theorist and top Hitler adviser Alfred Rosenberg. Museum officials said they hope the pages -- roughly 400 in total and currently available only in German -- will offer new insight into Hitler’s inner circle and Nazism’s ideological development.

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Sochi Gays Don't Want an Olympic Confrontation

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_827458b0bf.jpgKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images (SOCHI, Russia) -- If President Obama was trying to send a message by appointing openly gay tennis legend Billie Jean King to the official American delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, he may have nailed it for some in Sochi's gay community. While gay rights groups in the United States have called for a boycott of the games to protest Russia's new anti-gay laws, Sochi's gays don't necessarily see it that way.

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Dennis Rodman Returns to North Korea

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_7675883ece.jpgABC News (NEW YORK) -- Dennis Rodman is traveling back to North Korea to help train the country's basketball team. In fact, Rodman told the Chicago Tribune that he would like to partner with the NBA to host basketball games on the North Korean leader's birthday. According to the New York Times, Rodman's trip was not at all interrupted by the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle.

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