Two NASA astronauts sailed through the first of a series of urgent repair spacewalks to revive a crippled cooling line on the International Space Station. (Dec. 21)
Bagpipes played and wreaths were laid in the Scottish town of Lockerbie as the families of those who died in the deadly airliner bombing over the town 25 years ago gathered to remember the victims. (Dec. 21)
Anti-government activists in Syria said forces loyal to President Bashar Assad continued to attack targets in the countryside around Aleppo on Friday. (Dec. 20)
After spending 10 years in Russian jails for what many in the West believe were trumped-up offenses, Mikhail Khodorkovsky left prison a free man Friday and immediately flew to Germany. (Dec. 20)
Police officers in New South Wales, Australia rushed a car breaking windows and spraying fire extinguishers after a man inside threatened to set himself on fire outside the Parliament building
December 21st marks the 25th anniversary of bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, also known as the Lockerbie bombing. The flight from London to New York was destroyed by a bomb on Wednesday, 21 December 1988, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members.
A group of young Palestinian film-makers have released a spoof of Jean Claude Van Damme's popular Volvo commercial. The parody is designed to highlight the shortage of fuel in the Gaza Strip. (Dec. 20)
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman observed and coached North Korean players. Rodman hopes to bring former NBA players to North Korea for an exhibition game next month. (Dec. 20)
Indian protesters ransacked a Dominos Pizza outlet in a Mumbai suburb on Friday, demanding a ban on U.S. goods as officials from the two countries struggled to defuse a row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York. Police and the Indian franchise of the U.S. chain said ...
Louisiana Purchase completed; South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union; Vermont's Supreme Court rules in favor of homosexual couples; "It's A Wonderful Life" premieres in New York. (Dec. 20)