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December 26th, 2013
08:12 PM ET

Al Qaeda hints at new terror attacks in 2014

Newly intercepted messages from senior al Qaeda operatives are renewing concerns for terrorist attacks in the Middle East and overseas in 2014. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Filed under: al Qaeda • Barbara Starr • Terror
December 26th, 2013
08:07 PM ET

Ukrainian journalist nearly beaten to death

A prominent Ukrainian investigative journalist was beaten by unknown assailants, and the attack has drawn intense outrage from Ukrainian protestors and even the U.S. State Department. CNN's Jill Dougherty brings us two new videos, of the attack and the aftermath - a bloody, but resolute Tetiana Chornovol.

Filed under: Jill Dougherty • Ukraine
December 26th, 2013
07:52 PM ET

Shirley MacLaine on the record

Shirley MacLaine’s career spans six decades - on stage, in the movies and as an author detailing beliefs on everything from reincarnation to life on other planets.

This weekend she will be one of the stars receiving the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors for their contributions to American culture.

MacLaine recently sat down with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger. In the interview she said the honor is “more of a life appreciation award," and what a life she has had.

In the interview MacLaine recounted not only her amazing acting career, but also her involvement in politics and her views on life.

She also recalled her old pals, including the infamous "Rat Pack" rogues Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as well as President John F. Kennedy.

December 26th, 2013
07:33 PM ET

Live from Antarctica with trapped captain

Professor Chris Turney has been leading a scientific expedition through Antarctica - but now, his ship is trapped in the frozen waters, and he and his crew are stranded. In an interview live from Antarctica, Prof. Turney tells CNN's Brianna Keilar that people on board are disappointed over the mishap but otherwise in good spirits.

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Filed under: Antarctica • Interviews • science
December 24th, 2013
06:42 PM ET

Power: South Sudan needs diplomacy

As the fighting in South Sudan teeters on the brink of an all-out civil war and possibly even ethnic violence, the U.S. maneuvers to end the conflict and evacuate Americans on the ground. Filling in for Wolf Blitzer, CNN's Brianna Keilar talks to the American ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, about what options the U.S. has to stop the violence.

Filed under: Interviews • Military • Samantha Power • South Sudan
December 20th, 2013
08:11 PM ET

Secret FBI interrogation manual surfaces

A highly sensitive manual outlining detainee interrogation methods the FBI fought to keep secret for years was hiding in plain sight at the Library of Congress - open to the public, but unnoticed until now. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

Filed under: FBI • Joe Johns
December 20th, 2013
08:07 PM ET

Domestic workers stage counter-protests in spat with India

After days of protests in India, domestic workers in the U.S. rallied in support of a nanny who was being paid below minimum wage by an Indian diplomat in New York. The diplomat's arrest has caused a rift between India and the U.S. CNN's Deb Feyerick reports.

Filed under: Deb Feyerick • India
December 20th, 2013
07:59 PM ET

Nuke commander fired for wild behavior

Gen. Michael Carey controlled three nuclear arsenal units - until now. Officials say his bad behavior, including heavy drinking, put his delegation at risk. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Filed under: Brian Todd • Military • Nuclear
December 19th, 2013
08:36 PM ET

A list of the best lists of lists in 2013

'Tis the season to be listing... Screaming goats and a monkey in a snowsuit make the A-list. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on end-of-the-year "list-mania."

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Filed under: Jeanne Moos
December 19th, 2013
08:28 PM ET

Target shoppers credit info hacked

As many as 40 million Target shoppers who visited the big chain store in the three weeks after Thanksgiving have had their credit and debit card information stolen. A cybersecurity expert says the hackers who stole that information from stores may never be caught. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

RELATED STORY: 4 steps to take after your credit card has been hacked

Filed under: Cybersecurity • Joe Johns • Target
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