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Source: Hostage-taker in Australia identified

Source: Hostage-taker in Australia identified

  The man who has held hostages in a Sydney, Australia, cafe for nearly 16 hours is Man Haron Monis, an official with direct knowledge of the situation said Monday.
Japan's Abe must deliver on economy after victory

Japan's Abe must deliver on economy after victory

The time for excuses is over: Having won a landslide victory in weekend elections, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must now deliver the economic reforms he's been promising for two years.
Sydney gunman reportedly demands ISIS flag as some hostages escape

Sydney gunman reportedly demands ISIS flag as some hostages escape

A gunman holding hostages in a Sydney cafe is said to be demanding an ISIS flag and a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Possible hostage situation underway in Sydney, Australia

Possible hostage situation underway in Sydney, Australia

A major police operation was under way Monday morning in Sydney. CNN affiliate Seven Network reported that officers were responding to a hostage situation at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe.
Russia is buying weapons - a lot of them

Russia is buying weapons - a lot of them

Moscow is going on a huge shopping spree for weapons and military equipment.
 Why you should reconsider that crane in your marriage proposal

Why you should reconsider that crane in your marriage proposal

It's the thought that counts, right? Tell that to the residents of 32 homes in the Dutch town of Ijsselstein, who were evacuated after a planned marriage proposal fell through.
Brazilian man says he killed 39 women in Rio de Janeiro region

Brazilian man says he killed 39 women in Rio de Janeiro region

 A Brazilian man has confessed to killing 39 women in the Rio de Janeiro region, police said Thursday -- shocking claims that, if confirmed, would make him one of the most prolific serial killers in the country's history.
How much Christmas can you handle?

How much Christmas can you handle?

Did crawling into the grungy mall Santa's lap as a child send you into peals of laughter instead of hysterical sobs? Did you love the sight of rock-hard fruit cake?
Twitter declares 2014 year of the selfie

Twitter declares 2014 year of the selfie

 The Twitter-verse has spoken. 2014 has officially been declared the year of the selfie. According to Twitter's top trends of 2014, that is.
Plunging oil prices may trigger unrest

Plunging oil prices may trigger unrest

A global glut of oil will persist next year, putting further pressure on prices and raising the risk of unrest in some producing countries.
Brazilian man says he killed dozens of women in Rio de Janeiro region

Brazilian man says he killed dozens of women in Rio de Janeiro region

A Brazilian man has confessed to killing 39 women in the Rio de Janeiro region, police said Thursday -- shocking claims that, if confirmed, would make him one of the most prolific serial killers in the country's history.
The flying fungus: NASA's biodegradable drone that flies and dies

The flying fungus: NASA's biodegradable drone that flies and dies

A bio-drone that dissolves after use leaving no trace it ever existed may sound like the stuff of a James Bond film, but NASA and a team of researchers are actually building one.
 North Korean defectors share their ordeals as pressure mounts

North Korean defectors share their ordeals as pressure mounts

Starvation. Execution. Imprisonment. Rape. Torture. In a human rights report, these can seem like distant concepts or dry statistics, but when told by the people who experience them first hand, they take on new meaning.
Police pull down tents and haul off demonstrators at Hong Kong protest site

Police pull down tents and haul off demonstrators at Hong Kong protest site

The main site of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests was being taken apart piece by piece on Thursday, ushering in the end of an extraordinary occupation that deepened political fault lines over China's role in the city's government.
Three yoga tips to stress less this holiday season

Three yoga tips to stress less this holiday season

 There's no escaping -- it's the season for stress! Whether you love them or dread them, the holidays tax our bodies and our minds.