World Leaders React to Death of Ariel Sharon

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_2c53020ff9.jpgPhoto by Bulent Uzun/Anadolu Agency/Gety Images (NEW YORK) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who had been in a coma for eight years, died on Saturday at age 85. President Obama reacted to Sharon's passing with a statement offering his condolences to the former Prime Minister's family and the people of Israel. In the statement, Obama said that Sharon had "dedicated his life to the State of Israel."

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Dies at 85

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_369fe90746.jpgPEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images (JERUSALEM) -- Ariel Sharon, the tough Israeli leader who was the mastermind behind the disastrous invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and Israel's unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza strip, has died, eight years after suffering a massive stroke that left him comatose. He was pronounced dead Saturday morning, U.S. Eastern time.  Sharon was 85.

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US Military Advisers Deployed to Somalia: First Time Since Blackhawk Down

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_49dc1494e3.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A small team of U.S. military advisers is now operating in Somalia, the first time that U.S. military personnel have been deployed to that country since 1993.  That was the year that 18 Americans were killed when two helicopters were shot down by Somali fighters in an incident that became infamous as “Blackhawk Down.”

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Teen Dies Saving Classmates from Suicide Bomber

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_c9daccf696.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) -- He was an average student from Hangu, a remote town in North Western Pakistan, but he has become a national hero. Aitzaz Hasan, 14, stopped a suicide bomber from entering his school Monday and sacrificed his life to protect his fellow students. "I saw Aitzaz trying to get hold of a guy and then there was a big explosion," said Habib Ali, who is a senior teacher at the school.

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Sochi Alert Urges ‘Vigilance’ Against Terrorism During Olympics

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_4b37915d1d.jpgDesign Pics/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department on Friday urged Americans traveling to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in southern Russia to be “vigilant and exercise good judgment” during the Games because of the continuing terrorist threat to the region. “There is no indication of a specific threat to U.S. institutions or citizens, but U.S. citizens should be aware of their personal surroundings and follow good security practices,” the State Department said in the Travel Alert.

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