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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez remains in Cuba, battling a "severe" lung infection that has caused respiratory failure. In Caracas, lawmakers gather to elect the president of the National Assembly. The head of the assembly, currently Diosdado Cabello, could potentially assume the presidency if Chavez is not sworn in for a new term on January 10.
The technology exists to protect communities from devastating superstorms. But are cash-strapped governments willing to pay for it?
Qasim Rashid says his New Year's resolution is to not die for his faith. Rashid says he hoped that 2012 would bring a revolution among Muslims nations to free oppressed minds, but he finds himself still waiting to not die. That's the "curse" of being an Ahmadi Muslim in too much of the Muslim world, he says.
For pro athletes, the end of a glittering career can feel like falling off a cliff, but some stars share that it doesn't have to be that way. "I keep myself right at the (professional) level, in case somebody feels froggy and says, 'I think I'm going to whup the old man,'" world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield says. "And they'd be shocked."
In a genre not known for the longevity of its luminaries, making it 10, 15, 20 years means you're a survivor -- and you survive only if people keep buying your music. As Nas turns 40 this year, he's adapted to every sea change in rap and weathered every label, right or wrong, affixed to him.
Jesus was a lot more like you than you think, and a lot less clean cut than this iconic image of him that floats around culture, author Johnnie Moore says.
Coverage of the ongoing crisis in Syria, where more than 60,000 people have been killed in the civil war, according to the U.N.
Physicist and best-selling author Leonard Mlodinow says the hottest field in science this past decade has been neuroscience. In 2013, the big thing to watch out for is "optogenetics."
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Tiburcio Vasquez, a 19th century outlaw, is remembered in historical accounts as a notorious criminal who terrorized southern California. But one school district in California wants to remember him another way: as a hero to the Hispanic community who fought back against injustice.
150 years later, myths persist about the Emancipation Proclamation.
A custody battle involving the "best interests" of an 3-year-old Cherokee girl will be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court, an issue spanning the rights of adoptive parents and the desire to preserve Native American families within tribes.
Lawmakers erupted in applause at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's inauguration six years ago. An orchestra played. Chavez beamed. It's a different scene this year.
Flicking through her photos on her living room couch, Julia Quinn recounts the array of plastic surgery procedures she has undergone. A few years ago, feeling unhappy about the lines around her eyes and mouth, she first dabbled in surgery. She opted for a private clinic in the UK, but after a bad experience there she started looking around for alternative places to get the work done. That's when she first discovered that South Africa offered the same procedures at a fraction of the cost, she says.
The deadly church and mosque attacks in Nigeria and Kenya, and the deaths of Ghanaian and Ethiopian leaders dominated sub-Saharan Africa headlines in 2012. But lost in the midst were a series of positive stories. For every conflict, there was a milestone. For every violence, there was reconciliation. For every setback, progress. Here are the top 5 positive stories out of the continent, as chosen by those who call it home.
The central government may step in to stop a city in Aceh province from prohibiting women from wearing pants and "straddling" motorbikes or bicycles, requiring women to instead ride two-wheel vehicles "sidesaddle." The mayor of the town of Lhokseumawe told the Jakarta Globe earlier this week that the town planned to submit the new rule because "we've seen that people's behaviors and morals are getting far from Aceh's Islamic cultural values."
The Dakar Rally is arguably the world's most dangerous motorsport race, but for one newcomer it cannot compare with what he has already been through. British soldier Tom Neathway will be co-driving in the 16-day event, which traverses the mountainous desert terrain of South America, despite losing both his legs and an arm after standing on a booby trap while serving in Afghanistan in 2008.
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If all the recent wrangling over the fiscal cliff has revealed anything, it's how tense and strained President Obama's relationship is with Republicans in Congress.
It was a common refrain during the House and Senate late-night votes to avert the fiscal cliff. Senator after senator, congressman after congressman lamented the fact that the legislation didn't "do more," "go bigger" or that it was "far from perfect." Political watchers believed the fiscal cliff negotiations were the perfect time for President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to hatch a "grand bargain" -- a deal that would have included both large increases in tax revenue and major cuts in government spending. At the time, both men looked better positioned to deliver a bipartisan plan. Boehner seemed to have a firmer hand on his caucus leading up to the talks, and the president was coming off a hard-fought re-election win. Those hopes, however, proved empty.
The year 2013 promises to be an interesting one politically -- with two governors races that will be closely watched, the very real possibility of another special Senate election in Massachusetts, a possible debate in Washington over immigration reform as the political clout of Latinos continues to grow, and a planned push by Democrats for gun control measures. By the numbers, here's a look ahead at politics in 2013.
OK. The budget deficit, the debt ceiling, and tax reform are givens. We know that those battles will continue to be in the political spotlight throughout 2013. But what else will be front and center in the New Year Here are five other things to keep your eyes on.
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Employers may be hiring, but there's another big problem with the job market that isn't being tracked as closely: the hopelessly unemployed.
Brinksmanship over the debt ceiling could make the fiscal cliff standoff look like child's play.
Everyone's paycheck is about to take a hit, and it's not the boss' fault. But some business owners say it's a tough talk to have.
Young adults in America have reason to like the fiscal cliff deal, but they aren't celebrating yet.
If you want to reach the top at work, it's better to be feared than liked, according to a new study.
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Scientists can't really know what a child is thinking, but they are interested in the brain processes that happen in educational settings. To that end, a new study in PLOS Biology compares the brains of children and adults, using "Sesame Street" as a way to test what happens on a neurological level during a popular TV program aimed at learning.
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Deepak Chopra: Secrets to a better brain.
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The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14 has compelled the editors of the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine to call on other physicians to become active participants in the discussion about gun violence and gun policy in this country.
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was hospitalized Sunday for a blood clot that formed after her she fell and suffered a concussion a few weeks ago. Here are the four things you need to know about blood clots.
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It's not the color, but what's inside that counts when it comes to medication. However, doctors suspect that's not exactly how patients see it.
Between your new regimen of daily workouts, volunteering, painting or whatever else you've resolved to do more of in the New Year, make time for a few tech-centric resolutions. They're low impact and will keep your memories and online identity safer, your mind sharper and your friendships healthier. Here are six you can do right now. You'll thank yourself later.
Smartphones inch closer to becoming remote controls for your life at next week's 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The annual event is the largest gadget conference in the world, where major technology companies and scrappy startups can show off their latest innovations.
You may not have heard of Snapchat. But if there are teenagers or 20-somethings in your life, it's a safe bet that they have. Snapchat is a mobile app which lets users share images or videos that disappear after a few seconds. That's right -- they vanish forever in the time it takes you to read a tweet.
The new Razer Blade gaming-centric laptop is sleek and powerful, but it's not for every gamer looking to take their action on the go.
On Sunday morning, a strange word suddenly started trending for me on Twitter. The word was Ruzzle. I had no idea what it meant, so I did the smart thing and asked my dog. "Mikey, what's a Ruzzle?"
Travelers don't just want to get from point A to point B in one piece. We want to arrive at our destinations happy and refreshed and ready to start our work or vacation. Wishful thinking? Perhaps. Given that it's a new year and all dreams seem possible, CNN gave travel experts around the globe a magic wand for travel wishes unbound by constraints.
We've all got them: places that live large in imagination or memory, begging us to hop on a plane to uncover their delicious mysteries. As the new year kicks off, a handful of our very well-traveled CNN correspondents -- who've been places and seen things many of us may never see firsthand -- share their destination wishes for 2013 and beyond.
Passengers are not allowed to carry guns onto airplanes, yet the Transportation Security Administration finds hundreds of weapons each year.
Reality for TLC's T-Boz has been a challenge, starting at age 7, when she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. Reality called again five years ago when doctors found a brain tumor, which left her partially blind and deaf. "But after losing my sight, hearing, balance and speech, yes, I'm returning," said T-Boz, whose real name is Tionne Watkins. "I had to take three years to heal and fight for everything that I wanted back. T-Boz is sharing the lessons learned from hard reality in a reality TV show that premieres Tuesday night, coincidentally on a network with the same name as her group -- TLC.
"He doesn't remember you wearing a T-shirt and yoga pants covered in baby spit-up." That's Carol Fishman Cohen talking about my former supervisor. Actually, she's talking to hundreds of people attending an iRelaunch Return to Work conference. After spending many years as stay-at-home mothers, Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin created iRelaunch to help others return to work.
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