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EU lawmakers to beef up data protection laws

Posted: 10/21/2013 - European Union lawmakers are set to hold a first vote on sweeping new data protection rules to strengthen online privacy and outlaw most data transfers to other countries' authorities to prevent spying.

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India digs for treasure on tip from Hindu holy man

Posted: 10/18/2013 - Archaeologists began digging for treasure beneath a 19th century fort in northern India on Friday, after a popular Hindu holy man said a former king appeared to him in a dream and told him of a nearly $50 billion cache.

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Giant asteroid zips by Earth

Updated: 10/18/2013 - One of the most dangerous asteroids on record zipped close by Earth last month. Early reports said that there's a chance it could strike our planet in less than 20 years, prompting NASA to issue a reality check.

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Evacuation could have saved lives in Japan typhoon

Posted: 10/17/2013 - The mayor of a Japanese island devastated by a deadly typhoon apologized Thursday for failing to issue an evacuation order, as rescue workers combed through mountains of debris searching for the missing.

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Bodies recovered in Mekong after Laos plane crash

Posted: 10/17/2013 - Rescuers in fishing boats pulled bodies from the muddy Mekong River on Thursday as officials in Laos ruled out finding survivors from a plane that crashed in stormy weather, killing 49 people from 11 countries.

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Relief around world as US avoids debt default

Posted: 10/17/2013 - The deal approved late Wednesday by Congress, with hours to go before the government reached its $16.7 trillion debt limit, only permits the Treasury to borrow through Feb. 7 and fund government through Jan. 15.

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WHO agency: Air pollution causes cancer

Posted: 10/17/2013 - What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: air pollution causes lung cancer.

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Muslim Brotherhood's cohesion is also its pitfall

Posted: 10/16/2013 - At the appointed time, a white car drove up. Baraa and the driver exchanged passwords — Omar Ibn al-Khattab and al-Farouk, the name and nickname of an early Muslim leader — and Baraa got into the car.

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Philippine quake damages historic churches

Posted: 10/16/2013 - The bell tower toppled from Cebu city's 16th-century Basilica of the Holy Child — a remnant of the Spanish colonial era and the country's oldest church building — becoming a pile of rubble in the courtyard by the front gate.

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Russia: Court decides not to imprison Navalny

Posted: 10/16/2013 - A Russian court on Wednesday suspended a five-year prison sentence for a top opposition leader but upheld his conviction for theft, preventing him from running in future elections.

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Typhoon, mudslides kill 17 in Japan; 50 missing

Posted: 10/16/2013 - Hardest hit from Typhoon Wipha was Izu Oshima island, which is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Tokyo. Rescuers found 16 bodies, most of them buried by mudslides, police and town officials said.

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Iran presents nuclear proposals at Geneva talks

Posted: 10/16/2013 - Six world powers are taking a closer look at what Iran is describing as a possible breakthrough deal that could ease suspicions it is interested in nuclear arms.

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Death toll in Philippines quake jumps to 85

Posted: 10/15/2013 - The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippines rose to 85, police said Tuesday, as more reports trickled in about toppled buildings and historic churches near the epicenter.

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Mosque bombing kills governor in east Afghanistan

Posted: 10/15/2013 - The explosion at the main mosque in the provincial capital of Puli Alam killed Governor Arsallah Jamal and wounded 15 people — five of them critically, said the governor's spokesman, Din Mohammad Darwesh.

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Iran nuke talks begin amid hopes of progress

Posted: 10/15/2013 - The United States and five other world powers sat down Tuesday for the first talks on Tehran's nuclear program since the election of reformist Iranian President Hassan Rouhani four months ago.

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New report says Syrian rebels committed war crimes

Posted: 10/11/2013 - Jihadi-led rebel fighters in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and abducted more than 200 during an offensive against pro-regime villages, committing a war crime.

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Car bomb hits Swedish, Finnish consulates in Libya

Posted: 10/11/2013 - A car bomb exploded outside a building housing the Swedish and Finnish consulates in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, badly damaging it but causing no casualties.

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Kerry in Afghanistan for urgent security talks

Posted: 10/11/2013 - Kerry's unannounced visit to Kabul comes as talks on the Bilateral Security Agreement have foundered over issues of Afghan sovereignty despite a year of negotiations.

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Global chemical watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

Updated: 10/11/2013 - The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for working to eliminate the scourge that has haunted generations from World War I to the battlefields of Syria.

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EU awards top human rights award to Malala

Posted: 10/10/2013 - U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and a group of imprisoned Belarus dissidents were also in the running for the 50,000-euro ($65,000) Sakharov Award.

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Israel hopes US aid cut to Egypt won't harm peace

Posted: 10/10/2013 - Israel hopes the U.S. decision to cut aid to Egypt will not affect the two countries' historic peace deal, a Cabinet minister said Thursday, insisting that Israeli-Egyptian ties remain as close as ever.

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