Secretary of State Kerry to Return to Middle East for Peace Talks

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_c2a31e60fe.jpgState Department photo/ Public Domain (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry is leaving Washington on the first day of the new year on a trip to the Middle East. Kerry plans to travel to both Jerusalem and Ramallah, West Bank, to continue pushing for peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. On the trip, the secretary of state will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Michael Schumacher's Condition Improves, but 'Remains Fragile'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_aa3078fe2a.jpgJiri Krenek/isifa/Getty Images (LONDON) -- Michael Schumacher's condition has slightly improved, doctors say, but the retired Formula One driver remains in critical condition and is not out of danger. After two hours of surgery Monday night to treat intracranial pressure, a brain scan Tuesday morning revealed a "slight improvement" and the "situation is better controlled," Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, chief anesthesiologist at Grenoble University Hospital in France, said Tuesday at a news conference.

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Antarctic Ship Rescue on Hold for Better Weather

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_35a993a01e.jpgPaula Jones/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- An air rescue for the passengers aboard a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for a week will wait for a break in the weather to start airlifting people from the vessel, Australian maritime authorities say. The 74 scientists, tourists and crew aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian-crewed research vessel touring the Antarctic, have been trapped in ice since Christmas Eve. 

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Kim Jong-un’s Lonely Ski Lift Ride at Dream Resort

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_ec57450231.jpgEd Jones/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- After pushing for his dream ski resort, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un finally rode the lift at Masik Pass Ski Resort, which only took one year to build from scratch. Sanctions didn’t stop him from that ride. The lift, analysts say, is a 1970s model and has been ripped off from another resort after European lift sellers canceled North Korea’s pre-order due to sanctions imposed on luxury goods.

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Suicide Bomb Attacks in Russian City Leave Dozens Dead, Wounded

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_f36834d10e.jpgSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images (VOLGOGRAD, Russia) -- The Russian city of Volgograd was struck by separate bomb attacks over the past two days targeting its transportation system, leaving more than 30 people dead and dozens more injured, many critically. In both cases, suicide bombers were blamed for the powerful blasts, but there was no claim of responsibility for either. Monday’s explosion occurred on a trolley bus during the morning rush hour, leaving at least 14 people dead and two dozen injured.

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