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Rude surprise: French fed up with own incivility

Posted: 07/27/2012 - It seems the French themselves, who over centuries have turned rudeness into an art form, have become fed up with their own incivility, according to recent polls and publicity campaigns.

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Bo's wife, aide face closely managed China trial

Posted: 07/27/2012 - Gu's legal proceedings could be under way in as little as 10 days, with an outcome likely to remove her from the public eye, at least, and that could even result in her execution.

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Sudanese struggle to ignite their own uprising

Posted: 07/27/2012 - "I think my country Sudan has really hit rock bottom." Those were the last public words uttered by Usamah Mohamad, a 32-year-old Sudanese web developer-turned-citizen journalist,

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British man wins 'Twitter threat' appeal

Posted: 07/27/2012 - A British man on Friday won a High Court challenge of his conviction for tweeting that he would blow up an airport if his flight was canceled, a ruling that had made him an Internet free speech cause celebre.

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Syrian defector wants to help unify opposition

Posted: 07/26/2012 - Syria's most prominent defector offered himself up Thursday as a figure to unite the fractious opposition, saying he failed to persuade his former friend, President Bashar Assad.

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Chinese politician Bo's wife charged with murder

Posted: 07/26/2012 - Prosecutors have charged the wife of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai and a family aide with the murder of a British businessman, the government said Thursday.

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Somalia constitution allows abortion to save mom

Posted: 07/26/2012 - Somali leaders are debating a new constitution that protects the right to have an abortion to save the life of the mother, and an international law group says the draft guarantees more fundamental rights than the U.S. Constitution.

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Cool Britannia: London to wow with opening show

Posted: 07/26/2012 - The world city that needs no introduction but could do with an Olympic-sized pick-me-up in the midst of economic recession launches the 2012 Summer Games with a spectacular opening ceremony Friday

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No easy road to peace in Colombia

Posted: 07/26/2012 - After negotiating the demobilization of the M-19 rebel movement he co-led, Antonio Navarro helped draft Colombia's 1991 constitution, ran for president and became a big-city mayor and a state governor.

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Mexico: Most attacks on journalists unpunished

Posted: 07/26/2012 - Mexico's governmental human rights commission says about 70 percent of attacks on journalists go unpunished, largely because authorities fail to adequately investigate those crimes.

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Some Colorado victims medical bills to be wiped out

Posted: 07/26/2012 - Some of the victims fighting for their lives after being wounded in the movie-theater shooting rampage may face another challenge when they get out of the hospital: enormous medical bills without the benefit of health insurance.

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US, Amnesty critical of Cuban dissident detentions

Posted: 07/25/2012 - Cuba is facing criticism from dissidents, the United States and Amnesty International over the detention of dozens of people at a prominent opposition leader's funeral.

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Syria rushes reinforcements to its largest city

Posted: 07/25/2012 - As five days of fighting in Aleppo intensified, and with rumors swirling of a final showdown in that city, neighboring Turkey tightened its borders but said refugees will be allowed through.

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Helicopter crashes in southeastern France, 6 dead

Posted: 07/25/2012 - All six people on board a helicopter died Wednesday when it crashed in flames in an area often referred to as France's answer to the Grand Canyon, officials say.

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Russia seeks to cool Assad's head

Posted: 07/25/2012 - When Syria broached the possibility of using chemical weapons, the world's response was don't even think about it. But one voice in that chorus mattered more for Syrian ruler Bashar Assad: Russia, his key ally.

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Pakistan refuses to reopen presidential graft case

Posted: 07/25/2012 - Pakistan's government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it will not reopen an old corruption case against the president, defying a judicial order that has already brought down one prime minister

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Brangelina due to kick off Olympic party season

Posted: 07/25/2012 - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are among the stars expected at London's Victoria & Albert Museum on Wednesday night for a charity gala honoring boxing great Muhammad Ali.

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NKorea confirms leader Kim Jong Un is married

Posted: 07/25/2012 - North Korea's new, young leader Kim Jong Un is married, state TV reported Wednesday for the first time in a brief and otherwise routine announcement.

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Turkey blocks trade with Syria, rebels fight on

Posted: 07/25/2012 - Turkey sealed its border with Syria to trucks on Wednesday, effectively cutting off a trade relationship once worth almost $3 billion with the embattled nation

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