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  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

  • Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (center) chairs a Security Council meeting in the Gorki residence outside Moscow on Nov. 23, 2011. From left is Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

    Medvedev: Russian military to sharply reduce draft

    The Russian military will rely increasingly on volunteer soldiers and sharply reduce the number of draftees, President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday.

  • Defected army soldiers stand guard on a vehicle while protesters march during a demonstration demanding the prosecution of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, on Nov. 24, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Fierce clashes in Yemen leave 2 dead despite deal

    Heavy fighting between rival army units shook Yemen's capital Friday, killing two soldiers in what could signal the start of a power struggle just days after autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to end his 33-year rule.

  • Pro-Syrian regime protesters shout slogans and carry a huge portrait of Syrian president Bashar Assad during a protest against the Arab League decisions in Damascus, Syria, on Nov. 25, 2011. Syria missed an Arab League deadline to allow hundreds of observers into the country, prompting the bloc to consider economic sanctions against Damascus for its eight-month crackdown on dissent, a senior diplomat said. (Associated Press)

    Syria faces sanctions but army stands by regime

    The Syrian military vowed Friday to "cut every evil hand" that targets the country's security, a defiant stance by the regime as it faces the possibility of sweeping economic sanctions from the Arab League.

  • Observers from Spain speak with political party's representatives in a polling station in Rabat, Morocco, on Nov. 25, 2011. Moroccans voted for a new parliament that day in Arab Spring-inspired elections. (Associated Press)

    Moroccans hold Arab Spring-inspired election

    Moroccans voted for a new parliament Friday in Arab Spring-inspired elections that are facing a boycott by democracy campaigners who say the ruling monarchy isn't committed to real change.

  • Illustration: SEIU sign by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    MARKAY: Big labor occupying Occupy Wall Street

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) will stage a December protest at the Capitol in conjunction with occupiers. The protest's stated goal, according to SEIU President Mary Kay Henry: to intimidate Republicans into backing the president's economic agenda.

  • Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum greets Gary Gahan, 66, of Merrimack, N.H., at a recent campaign stop in Rochester, N.H. The former senator from Pennsylvania hopes to do well in the Granite State's Jan. 10 first-in-the-nation primary. (Associated Press)

    Santorum eyes brass ring on anti-Romney 'carousel'

    Rick Santorum is on the verge of becoming the Republican presidential front-runner. At least, that's the case if there's another round of the recurring story line of the 2012 GOP primary race — one candidate after another taking a short-lived spin as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney.

  • ** FILE ** In this Nov. 22, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at Central High School in Manchester, N.H. The failure of Congress' supercommittee adds a new dimension to the 2012 political contests by drawing political battle lines around broad tax increases and massive spending cuts that are now scheduled to begin automatically in 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

    Obama steers clear of deficit panel failure

    President Obama has distanced himself from the congressional supercommittee — politically and geographically — in a strategy aimed at avoiding political risk rather than putting his leadership on the line for a long-shot deal, analysts say.

  • Illustration by Paul Tong

    NEWTON: Unwanted missile system at a crossroads

    In spite of questionable claims of success in a live-fire test, the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) is at the crossroads of politics and reality. Will Congress continue to pour money into a program that is many years and billions of dollars away from fielding and that neither the U.S. Army nor its international partners want, or will the underwhelming Nov. 17 test at Arizona's White Sands Missile Range mark the death twitch of an unaffordable program?

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