As some of us pause to celebrate Christmas, let's take a brief look at some of the events that have occurred around the globe this past week.
*President Barack Obama has signed into law the United States' repeal of its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy from the Clinton Administration. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Bidden theorizes that some day same-gender marriages might become totally accepted by society, while pundits and critics believe there will be new issues and challenges on the horizon of same sex couples' rights because of the repeal.
*Toyota has agreed to pay the United States over $32 million US dollars because of its (mis?)handling of car recalls this past year. Over 10 MILLION vehicles were recalled between 14(!) separate events.
*On the WikiLeaks front: The United Nations is looking into allegations that the United States is torturing one of their own soldiers to determine if he leaked classified material to the website.
*Nigeria has withdrawn all corruption charges against Halliburton and Dick Cheney after the company agreed to a $250 Million U.S. dollar out of court settlement.
*North Korea is allegedly prepared to wage a 'sacred' (nuclear?) war against South Korea.
*Larry Palmer better not pack his bags for Venezuela just yet. Because of disagreements over his opinions of their military, that country has vowed to deport him if he is named the United States new ambassador.
*It may be a double royal wedding next Spring as the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips has announced her engagement to Mike Tindall.
*Initial reports of the data from the 2010 United States Census show that America's population was 308,745,538 as of April 1 of this year.
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