Great news! Iran's religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supports the elimination of all atomic weapons. Although he added that did Iran wish to have nuclear weapons no power could have stopped them. Analysts believe the comments today were made in response to the testing of nuclear weapons in North Korea.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai banned security forces from calling on NATO to launch airstrikes after an attack on Wednesday left 5 children and 5 adults, mostly women, dead. The decree leaves the army, 350,000 strong, without an air force.
The meteorite that injured over 1,100 people when it hit the Chelyabinsk region of Russia is continuing to wreak havoc on the area. So many people were injured and buildings damaged that over 20,000 rescuers and "an army of glaziers" were sent to aid the damaged communities, many with no windows, where it routinely falls to 15 below zero Celsius in the winter.
Meanwhile victims of Hurricane Sandy, many of whom remain homeless, should be pleased to know that in lieu of an army of home builders, we Americans are addressing the issue the best way we know how, by drinking of course! Flying Fish Brewery started FU (Forever Unloved) Sandy Beer on December 20th, and today is the first day the beer will be tapped. All proceeds will benefit hurricane victims.
A British teenager survived 105 degree temperatures while lost in the Australian outback for three days. How? He drank contact lens fluid and his own urine. And although he made it back safely to the ranch where he was working, he lost 33 lbs and inspiring the new diet, "drink your own urine and get lost in the Australian outback."
And if you thought that was tough, take a look at local woman Dawn Durbin who fought off an armed car-jacker... with a knife! Who says you can't bring a knife to a gun fight?
Now for pandas.