Afghans Not Buying US Propaganda

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_3da8bd0075.jpgRuskpp/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- American propaganda programs to win over the hearts and minds of the Afghan people have flopped, USA Today reports. According to study by a British military expert published by the Army's War College, U.S. commanders have been duped by contractors into thinking that costly marketing solutions will convince people in Afghanistan to support the American government's attempts at stabilizing the country after many years of war.

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Residents Run for Cover from Chinese Rocket Debris

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_45e9d57b1d.jpgMarcio Silva/Thinkstock (BEIJING) -- While China successfully blasted its first-ever lunar rover into space on Monday, the country's relatively green space program could have used a better dismount: nearly 200,000 people were evacuated when rocket parts began raining down. Residents of southwestern Sichuan and southern Hunan provinces were forced to flee; while no casualties were reported, the roofs of two farmhouses were smashed through with spent rocket components.

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Mexican Police Find Stolen Truck with Radioactive Cargo

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_5f1806bab2.jpgFuse/Thinkstock (VIENNA) -- Mexican authorities said a stolen truck carrying "extremely dangerous" material used in medical treatment was located Wednesday. The nuclear waste, however, had been removed. Using radioactive detectors, authorities located 40 grams of Cobalt-60 about a half-mile away from the truck's container, according to Juan Eibenschutz, director of the Mexican Nuclear Agency.

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Truck Carrying Radioactive Material Stolen in Mexico

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_5f1806bab2.jpgFuse/Thinkstock (VIENNA) -- A truck carrying "extremely dangerous" material used in medical treatment has been stolen in Mexico, officials said. The truck was transporting cobalt-60 from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage facility when it was stolen in Tepojaco near Mexico City Monday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement. 

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Detained US War Vet Served in Secret Unit with Korean Partisans

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_1c80748828.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- The military records of Merrill Newman confirm that the 85-year-old Korean War veteran served in a special forces unit that advised Korean partisans who fought in North Korea behind enemy lines. Newman has been held by North Korean authorities since Oct. 26 when he was taken off an airliner that was to take him to South Korea.  He had just ended a two-week trip to North Korea.

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