76 Reportedly Killed in Syria by Government ‘Barrel Bombs’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_756237bbfd.jpgMEDO HALAB/AFP/Getty Images (DAMASCUS, Syria) -- The Syrian city of Aleppo, once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Middle East, has suffered one of the most brutal attacks since the start of that country’s uprising. Government helicopters dropped “barrel bombs” -- large containers filled with explosives, shrapnel and incendiary materials -- on several civilian neighborhoods throughout the city in the past three days.

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Obama Selects Gay Athletes for Olympics Delegation

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_657b68d141.jpgGerardo Mora/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The delegation President Obama has chosen to represent the United States at the winter Olympics in Sochi, “represents the diversity that is the United States,” the White House said Tuesday. The delegation includes tennis legend Billie Jean King, perhaps America’s most prominent gay athlete and a long-time gay rights advocate. Although the White House won’t say it is sending a message of protest regarding Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” law, Billie Jean King told USA Today earlier this year that she hopes athletes will use their platform at the Olympics to protest the law.

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North Korea Marks Two-Year Anniversary of Kim Jong-Il's Death

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_40190cf8b2.jpgLaurent davoust/Thinkstock (SEOUL, South Korea) --  North Korea held a ceremony Tuesday morning to mark the second anniversary of the death of its former leader Kim Jong-Il. All eyes in the Pyongyang auditorium were on who was in attendance following the execution of current leader Kim Jong-Un's uncle, Jang Song-Thaek. Jang's wife was not present.

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Sochi Snow Crisis? Not So, Organizer Says

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_fbd17dc196.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (MOSCOW) -- The man in charge of making sure there’s enough snow at the Sochi Olympics for Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, and the rest of Team USA’s skiers, not to mention their international competition, says there’s nothing to worry about. There’s “absolutely no risk of lack of snow,” Mikko Martikainen told ABC News by email. In fact, he predicted that there will be “too much snow.”

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Family of Robert Levinson Demands Meeting with FBI Head

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_f90fb5bb66.jpgFBI (WASHINGTON) -- The family of a former FBI agent, who disappeared in Iran while on an unsanctioned operation for the CIA, is demanding a meeting with the new head of the FBI, James Comey, the family's lawyer told ABC News. Florida attorney David McGee, spokesperson for the Robert Levinson family, said the family feels Levinson's government has abandoned him after nearly three decades of service and nearly seven years in captivity.

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