Mystery Bodies, Explosives Discovered Near Winter Olympics Site

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_3a998304cb.jpgHakan Ceyhan Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Russian security forces launched an aggressive "anti-terrorism sweep" Thursday after coming across multiple unexplained deaths and explosive devices in a region near Sochi, where the Winter Olympic Games will be held in a matter of weeks, according to Russian news reports. A car with a body inside exploded as police approached it in Russia's Stavropol Territory, reported Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti, citing the Interior Ministry.

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Syria on Target to Get Rid of Chemical Weapons by Mid-2014

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_e7c1d6b75d.jpgBunyos/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A United Nations official expressed confidence Wednesday that the Syrian government will make the deadline of getting rid of its entire chemical weapons arsenal by the middle of this year. The New York Times quotes Sigrid Kaag as saying that Damascus is especially anxious to complete the project overseen by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and U.N. "with the shortest possible delay."

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Slain Beauty Queen Monica Spear’s Video Kiss Goodbye

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_27171e28f5.jpgRUNGROJ YONGRIT/AFP/Getty Images (CARACAS, Venezuela) -- Tributes to slain Venezuelan beauty queen Monica Spear have poured in on Instagram, as fans comment on the last video clip the soap star and mother posted just hours before she was gunned down. More than 12,000 people have liked a short video Spear, 29, posted on the photo-sharing site, filmed without comment as the sun set over the plains -- or llanos -- of Venezuela.

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Sunni Tribes Agree to Expel Al Qaeda from Iraqi Cities

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_5f05e3e7da.jpgMarcio Silva/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- The Iraqi military may not have to launch a major offensive to force al Qaeda militants out of cities in Anbar province if an initiative by Sunni tribal fighters is successful. Al Jazeera reported Wednesday about a deal struck between Iraqi military leaders and some Sunni tribes that involve government troops leaving Anbar in exchange for tribal fighters working in conjunction with local police to retake control of Fallujah and Ramadi.

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Former Guantanamo Detainee’s Group Involved in Benghazi Attack

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_033fb3f6fd.jpgGIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/GettyImages (WASHINGTON) -- A terrorist group led by a former Guantanamo Bay detainee was involved in the attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, the State Department said Wednesday for the first time. Ansar al Sharia in Darnah played a part in the attack, according to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. That group is believed to be led by Abu Sufian Qumu, who was transferred from a U.S. military prison into Libyan custody in 2007.

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