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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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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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LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – December 17, 2014

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The United States and Cuba announce plans to “normalize relations.”

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LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – December 16, 2014

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The Taliban stages an attack on a Pakistani school, Romania’s Prime Minister gives up PhD amid plagiarism charges and the Russian Ruble continues its slide.

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LISTEN: The Day Ahead – December 16, 2014

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SpaceX blasts off to the ISS and Israel’s Foreign Minister heads to France ahead of a new resolution on Palestine at the UN Security Council.

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LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – December 12, 2014

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Climate skeptics are hurried off stage at UN talks in Peru and the ICC puts a hold on its investigation of crimes against humanity in Darfur.

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LISTEN: The Day Ahead – December 12, 2014

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Nobel Peace Prize winners gather in Rome, the U.N.’s climate change meetings wrap up and NASA collects private proposals on how to send humans to Mars.

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LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – December 10, 2014

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A look at global economic growth in 2014 and what to watch for in 2015.

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UN Rights Chief: Torture Undermines ‘Claims To Be Civilized Societies’

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Victims of torture should be “speedily and adequately compensated for the terrible experiences,” the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights said Wednesday.

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LISTEN: The Day Ahead – December 10, 2014

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Liberian President Sirleaf testifies to the Senate on Ebola, Feinstein and McCain win Beacon Prize for human rights and the UN’s Syria envoy heads to Damascus.

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Click here for: Friday, December 19

● Gov. Jindal tramples First Amendment

● Freedom Stores preyed on military

● Pizza Hut serves a salty slice

● Agent stole bullets from health agency

● MoneyGram exec is fined and banned

● Test: Can you stand on one leg for 20 seconds?

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.

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.

How Many Nukes Does The U.S. Have?

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

Security Council Weighs Resolution to End Israeli Occupation of Palestine

The U.N. Security Council chamber. Photo: Luke Vargas/TRNS

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

Secret Service Panel Calls For New Fence, Fresh Blood

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