In International Guns-for-Drugs Deal, Target: Americans

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_9eb08251d8.jpgIngram Publishing/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A Greek national pleaded guilty Tuesday to offering to supply high-powered weapons to a Colombian terrorist group, which he thought would use them to target American troops, in exchange for drugs. The only problem was, he was unwittingly dealing with the Drug Enforcement Administration all along, according to federal officials.

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US Halts Aid to Rebels in Northern Syria After Islamic Front Seizes Warehouse

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_a5d574e063.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The United States has stopped non-lethal aid to northern Syria after the Islamic front seized a supply warehouse and headquarters facility of the Supreme Military Council, the U.S.-backed moderate opposition military group. “We’re obviously concerned that Islamic Front forces have seized the Atmeh headquarters and warehouses belonging to the SMC, and we are, of course, in close contact with General Idris and the SMC about these events,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at Wednesday’s daily press briefing.

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Biden Leads Memorial Service for Mandela in Washington

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_70e428ca1e.jpgUnited Nations (WASHINGTON) -- Politicians, artists, and civil rights leaders gathered in Washington on Wednesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral. Vice President Joe Biden, a lead speaker at the service, said that Mandela was the most impressive person he had ever met in his life. Biden also noted how Mandela's influence went far beyond the borders of South Africa.

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India Recriminalizes Gay Sex

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_b400809b29.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW DELHI) -- India has once again declared gay sex illegal. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court reinstated the original anti-gay law that had been written in the 19th century when India was still ruled by the British. In 2009, that law had been overturned by a lower court -- a ruling that the Supreme Court now says was unconstitutional.

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Pope Francis Named "Time's" Person of the Year

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_97d0b87b2e.jpgFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Pope Francis has been named Time magazine's person of the year. In an article explaining the decision, Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs writes, "For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest faith to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year." The selection was announced Wednesday and marks the third time a pope has received the honor.

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