December 25th, 2011
09:23 PM ET

Hackers target global think tank

Hackers targeted Stratfor, a global intelligence company, but it was unclear Sunday evening whether the breach and apparent release of credit card information was the work of the group Anonymous.

In a posting on the website Pastebin, hackers said they released Stratfor subscriber data, including information on 4,000 credit cards as well as the company's "private client" list. The posting cited AntiSec, a web-based collaboration with the activist hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec.

U.S.-based Stratfor, which provides independent analysis of international affairs and security threats, sent an e-mail to subscribers on Sunday: "On December 24th an unauthorized party disclosed personally identifiable information and related credit card data of some of our members. We have reason to believe that your personal and credit card data could have been included in the information that was illegally obtained and disclosed."

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December 25th, 2011
04:29 PM ET

Police: 7 found dead in Texas apartment

Seven people were found shot to death Sunday inside a Grapevine, Texas, apartment, police said.

Authorities responded to the address "in reference to a 911 open line," Grapevine police said in a statement.

The seven bodies - four female adults and three males - were found when officers entered the apartment. "All victims appear to have gunshot wounds," said the statement.

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Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
December 25th, 2011
04:07 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to cover this week:

North Korea plans Kim Jong Il funeral

The funeral for North Korea's longtime leader Kim Jong Il is scheduled for Wednesday, CNN has learned.

North Koreans continue to pay respects for their late leader with military sites, factories and public buildings flying flags at half-staff -– part of the repressive country's 11-day period of mourning.

North Korea said Friday that it would admit delegations from the South that wish to visit Pyongyang to express their condolences, according to a statement posted on a government website run by the North.

"We will guarantee all convenience and safety of the South Koreans during their visit," said the statement on uriminzokkiri.com, dated Thursday, adding that the North would open to the delegations "all air routes and land routes through Kaesong," its industrial park, some 45 kilometers (27 miles) north of Seoul, South Korea.

Seoul has made a number of gestures as it tries to navigate the uncertainty created by the North's leadership transition. Pyongyang has named Kim's youngest son, Kim Jong Un, as the "Great Successor" to his father.

GOP presidential candidates ready for caucus season

With the caucus season set to begin in Iowa in less than two weeks, GOP presidential hopefuls Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann and the rest may well work through the holidays to gain an edge.

Gingrich, whose rise in the polls in recent weeks has been overshadowed by Paul, lowered his expectations recently for an Iowa victory.

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December 25th, 2011
02:11 PM ET

10 more deaths reported in Syrian unrest

On the eve of the planned arrival of Arab League observers, 10 people died and scores were injured in volatile Syria on Sunday, according to the opposition movement.

Activists described worsening conditions in cities and towns amid what they called an intensifying government offensive. This comes at a time when security forces and allied militia fighters are supposed to be withdrawing in order to end the violence involving more than nine months of protest against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Abu Omar, an activist in the embattled city of Homs, told CNN on Sunday that attacks by government forces began Friday and were continuing non-stop in some besieged neighborhoods. He said the gunmen are shooting at anything and everything.

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December 25th, 2011
07:04 AM ET

Report: Marriage database raises privacy concerns among Chinese

China is launching a national online marriage database to fight bigamy, a move that has raised concerns among millions of Chinese about protection of privacy.

The Chinese government's announcement that it plans to make the database available next year comes amid reports last week that hackers gained access to the personal information of 6 million users of the China Software Developer Network, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.

The hacking triggered widespread panic in China, and some Chinese citizens raised questions about the safety of the anticipated marriage database, Xinhua said.

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December 25th, 2011
05:21 AM ET

Christmas Day bomb blast strikes church in Nigeria, agency says

A bomb blast struck a Catholic church west of the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Sunday, the National Emergency Management Agency said, stirring memories of strikes against Nigerian churches during last year's Christmas season.

The explosion struck a Catholic church in Madala, the agency said.

The agency did not immediately provide other details. Casualties were not immediately known.

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December 25th, 2011
01:21 AM ET

Missing 2-year-old found after double homicide in Virginia

A 2-year-old boy who authorities say was abducted following a home invasion robbery and double homicide in Richmond, Virginia, was found late Saturday, police said.

Authorities said a suspect fled the scene of the robbery and homicides in a vehicle that was idling near the home. The toddler, identified as Kaiden Gage Burnside, was inside the vehicle, they said.

"The car and the child have been recovered," said Lt. Ronnie Armstead, a spokesman for the Richmond Police Department. The boy was unharmed, Armstead said.

Investigators believe the assailant did not know the child was in a white GMC vehicle when he stole it, Armstead said.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Jamal Clemons, 27, on suspicion of abduction, robbery, robbery with a firearm, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and a felon being in possession of a firearm, Armstead said.

Clemons, according to authorities, lives on the same street - about a block away - from the home invasion scene.

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December 25th, 2011
01:07 AM ET

Sudanese army: Rebel leader Ibrahim killed

A major Darfur rebel leader and some of his top leaders have been killed, a Sudanese army spokesman announced on state-run radio Sunday.

"Our armed forces were able to destroy the renegade Khalil Ibrahim, who died along with members of [his group's] leadership that was with him," said Alswarmi Khalid, the army's spokesperson.

Khalid said Ibrahim and members of his group were surrounded and killed in the Wad Banda area - along the border between of North Darfur state and North Kordofan state, as they attempted to escape to South Sudan.

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