Karzai Ready to Sign New Pact with Iran

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_472d7535bf.jpgAref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- As Afghan President Hamid Karzai drags his feet on sealing a post-war deal with the U.S. he seems to have no such reluctance in cooperating with Iran. According to a Karzai spokesman, Kabul and Tehran are preparing a cooperation pact covering "long-term political, security, economic and cultural cooperation, regional peace and security."

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Hundreds of Thousands of Protestors Gather in Kiev, Topple Lenin Statue

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_71df2d6b74.jpgPhoto by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images (KIEV, Ukraine) -- After weeks of anti-government protests in Ukraine, demonstrators toppled a statue of Vladimir Lenin on Sunday. In central Kiev, protestors are speaking out against Ukranian president Viktor Yanukovych's decision to reject a trade deal with the European Union. Rejecting the deal would mean closer ties between Ukraine and Russia.

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Day of Prayer for Mandela on Sunday

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_f94ad93c30.jpgUN Photo (PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Sunday is another day of prayer for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, with memorials continuing throughout the week before his Dec. 15 funeral. After Sunday's day of prayer, there will be a memorial service on Tuesday at the Johannesburg soccer stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup. President Obama, Michelle Obama and at least 50 heads of state, will be present at the Tuesday service.

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Start Date for Interim Nuclear Deal with Iran Unclear

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_5e5e5f18d1.jpgFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- America reached a diplomatic landmark in the form of a nuclear agreement with Iran, but the details are still a bit hazy. Case in point: it’s unclear when the deal will actually take effect, and teams of experts will meet in Vienna on Monday to figure that out.

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Afghan Defense Minister Says Karzai Will Sign Agreement

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_28ebf13060.jpgPhoto by Zak Hussein/WireImage (NEW YORK) -- An agreement may be close between the U.S. and Afghanistan that would allow U.S. troops to remain there after next year. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that his successor, who will be chosen in an election next year, should be the one to have the final say on the proposal.

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