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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American Kidnapped in Pakistan Has Not Been Forgotten: Family

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_567ee66798.jpgАндрей Бортников/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The family of an elderly American man kidnapped in Pakistan by al Qaeda more than two years ago said on Sunday that after seeing the new video of him pleading for help, they want him to know that he has not been forgotten. Warren Weinstein's wife told ABC News' David Muir in an exclusive interview Sunday of the pain she and her two daughters felt when they saw him say in a recently released video that he felt abandoned.

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Antarctic Rescue Attempt by Third Ship Called Off

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_fc757e455b.jpgPaula Jones/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The latest attempt to rescue tourists and scientists aboard a research ship trapped in miles of Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve was called off due to harsh weather conditions. An Australian icebreaker ship, Aurora Australis, made it within 10 nautical miles of the trapped vessel on Monday before the rescue attempt was called off because winds of up to 30 knots and snow showers, according to a press release from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

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Report: Anti-Islam Movie Fueled Benghazi Attack

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_b549c777a1.jpgSTR/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- An explosive report in The New York Times suggests the White House was correct in its initial assessment that the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was triggered by an anti-Islam movie that infuriated the Muslim world. In fact, the Times article says there was no proof, as has been long alleged by Republican critics of the Obama administration's response to the attack, that al Qaeda or its affiliates plotted the siege responsible for the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

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Intelligence Estimate Warns of Post-War Afghanistan Upheaval

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_e6c6807dde.jpgStocktrek Images/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Practically everything the U.S. and its allies have accomplished in Afghanistan over the past three years will be undone by the year 2017 as coalition forces prepare to exit the country in 2014, according to the latest National Intelligence Estimate assessment. While the evaluation strongly recommends that Washington and Kabul sign the Bipartisan Security Agreement, even doing that won't stop the slide backwards, 16 U.S. intelligence agencies said.

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