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President-elect Barack Obama made clear to his aides that he wanted to spend the Christmas holiday in Hawaii, as he had done in years past: There is no more campaign, this will be a true family vacation.

  President-elect Barack Obama and his family planned a Christmas Day that includes opening presents in the morning and sharing a traditional turkey and ham dinner in the evening.

Merry Christmas, “bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers.” Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will deliver a Christmas Day broadcast on Britain’s Channel 4 television, occupying a slot used to provide an often controversial counterpoint to Queen Elizabeth II’s traditional annual message, the station said Wednesday.

At overflowing garbage dumps in Zimbabwe’s capital, desperate vagrants pounced on trash bags and fought over chicken bones and scraps of discarded food. Sewage clogged streets and most shopkeepers didn’t even bother with holiday decorations.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu said Wednesday that the international community must use the threat of force to oust Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe from office.

In a new report from Esquire magazine, the writer speculates that Obama may decriminalize marijuana. Esquire is saying that decriminalizing marijuana will help the economy and has a video in which Obama advocates the decriminalization of marijuana.

From Politico: On January 20th, President-elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office using the same Bible upon which President Lincoln was sworn in at his first inauguration.

Reuters has a new report in which they say the UNICEF has estimated that there are 6,000 child soldiers in Darfur, either fighting with the government or with rebels.

A pair of 4,300-year-old pharaonic tombs discovered at Saqqara indicate that the sprawling necropolis south of Cairo is even larger than previously thought, Egypt‘s top archaeologist said Monday.

The Pope has used his Christmas message to say that “saving” humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is as important as protecting the rainforests.

President George W. Bush‘s foreign policies may be unpopular in the Middle East, but Arab leaders showered his top diplomat with jewelry worth far more than a quarter of a million dollars last year.

President-elect Barack Obama‘s transition office is ready to release an internal review of all contacts his staff had with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s office over the Senate seat that Obama has vacated and that the governor is accused of putting up for sale.