Majority of Americans Sour on US Role in the World

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_4fe7d1c392.jpgNatallia Hudyma/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- More Americans than not believe the nation is less important and powerful in global affairs than it was a decade ago. According to a Pew Research Center poll, 53 percent hold this view, the first time in nearly 40 years that a majority of the general public feels the U.S. has a less powerful role in the world.  Only 20 percent of Americans expressed the same opinion a decade ago.

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NATO Wants Post-War Deal in Afghanistan or No Deal on Troops

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_082a9a3e3a.jpgMatthewBrosseau/Thinkstock (BRUSSELS) -- If the Obama administration is forced to invoke the "zero option" in Afghanistan, it also means there'll be zero NATO troops in the country after 2014. NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen made that promise during a briefing in Brussels Tuesday as he strongly urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to stop hedging and sign the Bilateral Security Agreement with the U.S.

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Mouse Paratroopers Battling Snakes in Guam

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_452123bef3.jpgImage Source White/Thinkstock (HAGATNA, Guam) -- Two thousand mice have been parachuted onto Guam, in an effort to try to rid the island of a determined and numerous enemy: brown tree snakes. The reptiles are an invasive species that are multiplying as they decimate the island nation's native birds and other animals -- and cause millions in damage to electrical and other systems into which they slither.

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China Launches First Lunar Rover Mission

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_baee1fc9f8.jpgChinaFotoPress via Getty Images (BEIJING) -- China launched its first unmanned probe Monday morning, marking a milestone for the country's space program. The robotic lunar rover, nicknamed Jade Rabbit, is due to land on the moon in two weeks to collect data. If successful, China will be the third nation to do so, after the U.S. and former Soviet Union.

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Vice President Biden Flies to Asia Amid East China Sea Tension

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_8482ac43ca.jpgLintao Zhang/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) --  Vice President Joseph Biden embarked for the capitals of Japan, China, and South Korea on Sunday as the three nations stand off over the new flight restrictions Beijing unilaterally imposed in the East China Sea. The trip comes eight days after Beijing announced it would require all aircraft traveling through the zone to identify itself to Chinese authorities, report its flight plan, and yield to orders from that country or else face the possibility of “defensive emergency measures.”

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