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Iraqis survey a collapsed building in Baghdad the day after several bombings across Iraq.
NPR's Mike Shuster reports for Newscasts that insurgents have killed at least eight members of a government-allied militia in Muqdadiyah, north of Baghdad. The victims were part of an Awakening Council, groups that turned against al-Qaida and backed U.S. troops. On Wednesday, 56 people died in a series of car bombings, shootings and roadside explosions. Thirteen cities were hit.
THE DEAR LEADER AND THE CUTE LEADER TAKE A TRIP?
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Video of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
A photo thought to be Kim Jong-Un.
Reports from South Korea say North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is visiting China and may have brought his heir-in-waiting with him: Kim Jong-Un. This would be the elder Kim's second trip to China this year, an unusual step for the reclusive 'Dear Leader'. Jong-un is the youngest of Kim's three sons; little is known about him, other than he's about 26, probably studied in Switzerland as a teenager, and was dubbed the 'Cute Leader' by the CIA. As long as the father and son are on the road, they can't meet former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who's still in Pyongyang on a private effort, trying to win the release of American Aijalon Gomes.
NEW YORK TIMES: AFGHAN OFFICIAL RECEIVES CIA FUNDING
Times reporters Dexter Filkins and Mark Mazetti write a senior aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been on the CIA payroll for many years. Mohammed Zia Salehi is the Afghanistan's National Security Council's chief administrator. Salehi was arrested this year on a bribery charge and released after President Karzai stepped in. Karzai has since threatened to limit the anti-corruption investigators who stopped Salehi. The U.S. has insisted Karzai make every effort to find and stop Afghan government corruption.
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
Chile's Health Minister says 33 trapped miners have been told they might not be freed for several months. The men are getting air, water and food, along with messages from relatives. Health Minister Jaime Manalich says they may also get anti-depressants to cope. Rescuers must bore a new tunnel to reach the men in their refuge, a process that will take weeks to complete safely. Chile has asked NASA for advice to help the men deal with upcoming weeks of isolation.