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LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – December 18, 2014

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Palestine asks the U.N. to vote on a resolution ending the Israeli occupation and the number of non-U.S. airstrikes in Syria plummets.

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Philippines: 41,000 Homes ‘Totally Destroyed’ by December 6th Typhoon

A satellite view of Typhoon Hagupit two days before the storm made landfall in the Philippines. December 4, 2014. Copyright: 2014 EUMETSAT

The repeated use of schools as storm shelters in Pacific Typhoons is prompting calls to build permanent facilities.

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How Many Nukes Does The U.S. Have?

Find out the latest on U.S. nuclear disarmament here.

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Security Council Weighs Resolution to End Israeli Occupation of Palestine

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The Palestinian-drafted document calls on Israel to complete a “full and phased withdrawal” from Palestine by the end of 2017.

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Secret Service Panel Calls For New Fence, Fresh Blood

The panel says a the new fence should be four or five feet taller.

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Former La. Cop Indicted For Assault, Civil Rights Violations, Lying To FBI

Former cop Willie Fred Knowles is accused of beating a woman and tasing two men in 2012.

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Commander: Three Years Before Tide Turns Against Islamic State

“I think you are, at least, talking a minimum of three years,” Lt. Gen. James Terry, Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force for Operation Inherent Resolve told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday.

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McCain Slams Obama Administration On Sony Hack

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McCain said that the attack on Sony was a result of the Administration’s failure to bolster defenses against cyber attacks.

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TRNS Interview: Former Alabama Gov’s Prosecution May Have Been Politically Motivated

(TRNS)- On Thursday, a federal judge denied bail for former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (D) amid an appeal of the 2006 bribery conviction that ultimately landed him behind bars. Earlier this week, TRNS spoke with Adam Zagorin, a Senior Fellow of the Project for Government Oversight (POGO), about Siegelman’s initial prosecution and concerns uncovered by […]

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Boehner Delivers A Christmas Poem

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Boehner recites a poem taking aim at President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.

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Obama Administration Weighing Response To Sony Cyber Attacks

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The White House said it considers the cyber attacks to be “a serious national security matter.”

White House Won’t Rule Out A Visit From Raul Castro

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The remarks come a day after President Obama announced a historic shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba.

TRNS News Notes- 12/18

Obama: U.S. and Cuba: “New chapter”
Spies swapped for spies
Pols’ reax: Swift and strong
Biz groups support WH move
U.S. concludes North Korea hacked Sony

Nixon Announces Air Campaign, Gray Davis Reveals California Budget Problems, Congress Passes The 18th Amendment

Can you believe the year is almost over?

Click here for: Thursday, December 18

● Suit seeks refund from Sprint

● Blood sugar level linked to brain growth

● Terrorist support brings 15-year sentence

● Forest cops lose morale

● Internet policy on trading block

● Obama trips to fundraisers cost $1.2 million

LISTEN: The Day Ahead – December 18, 2014

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Ban Ki-moon heads to Ebola-affected West Africa, new data on average lifespans and the 100-year anniversary of the World War One “Christmas Truces”