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Military mentor to NKorean leader dismissed

Posted: 07/16/2012 - Seven months ago, he was the guardian figure always at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's side, a top military official whose experience and position lent the young new ruler credibility with the troops.

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Muslim holy period delays Sept. 11 case at Gitmo

Posted: 07/16/2012 - A U.S. military judge agreed Monday to postpone the next court hearings at the Guantanamo Bay prison for five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks to avoid a conflict with the Muslim holy period of Ramadan.

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2 Libyan journalists freed after abduction

Posted: 07/16/2012 - A local Libyan TV station manager says two of his journalists have been freed after more than a week being held captive by militiamen from a onetime stronghold of ousted ruler Moammar Gadhafi.

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Evidence shows Syrian security got comms from West

Posted: 07/16/2012 - The leaked documents give an unusually detailed look at the communications help Western companies have been providing Syria's regime — something activists find disturbing.

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Groups call on Hungary to try war criminal suspect

Posted: 07/16/2012 - Hungary said Monday it is investigating whether a Holocaust-era war criminal has been living in the capital, Budapest, as international and domestic groups clamored for him to be placed on trial.

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Egypt's Mubarak returns to prison

Posted: 07/16/2012 - A prosecutor said that the 84-year old ex-president's health had improved from several weeks ago, when he was reportedly on the brink of death.

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UN blames regime forces for Syria massacre

Posted: 07/13/2012 - As the violence turns ever more chaotic, analysts warn the effort by special envoy Kofi Annan has become nothing more than a pretense, with government forces, rebels, jihadists and others fighting for power.

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Survivors: Avalanche hit with no warning, no sound

Posted: 07/13/2012 - Climbers who survived the massive avalanche in the French Alps that killed nine of their colleagues said Friday they were tossed around by a wave of snow that hit without a sound.

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Jordan's Islamists say they will boycott elections

Posted: 07/13/2012 - Jordan's powerful Muslim Brotherhood said Friday it will boycott upcoming parliamentary elections in protest over recent changes to the kingdom's election laws, which it says fall short of opposition demands.

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French president's 'Mr. Normal' image hit by tweet

Posted: 07/13/2012 - A feud involving the French president's live-in girlfriend, his former partner and his eldest son may have tarnished the new leader's carefully cultivated image as "Mr. Normal"

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Private jet crash kills 3 Americans in France

Posted: 07/13/2012 - A French official says a private plane has caught fire and crashed on landing at Le Castellet airport in southern France, killing the three Americans on board.

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Ratko Mladic's trial halted because of his health

Posted: 07/13/2012 - Ratko Mladic's genocide trial was halted Friday for a second day running because the former Bosnian Serb military commander was undergoing medical tests and under observation

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Is Italy's Berlusconi plotting a comeback?

Posted: 07/13/2012 - When Silvio Berlusconi resigned after dominating Italy's political scene for two decades, he left a country in financial shambles and a personal legacy tarnished by sex and corruption scandals.

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Mont Blanc avalanche: 9 dead, 11 hurt, 4 missing

Posted: 07/12/2012 - A slab of ice broke off Thursday high in the French Alps, sparking an avalanche that swept nine Europeans to their deaths as they tried to climb Mont Blanc, authorities said.

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Syria: ambassador who defected should be punished

Posted: 07/12/2012 - Syria's Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the country's former ambassador to Iraq should be punished after his defection to the opposition seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

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Ex-NKorean star recalls 'ping pong diplomacy'

Posted: 07/12/2012 - In 1991, the North Korean table tennis star paired with her archrival, South Korea's Hyun Jung-hwa, as part of the first "unified Korea" team to march into international competition wearing the blue flag of the Korean Peninsula.

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China's economic slowdown painful despite stimulus

Posted: 07/12/2012 - From shopkeepers to shipbuilders, some areas are feeling more pain from China's deepest slowdown since the 2008 global crisis than still-robust headline growth of about 8 percent might suggest.

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UK lawmakers ask why Olympics needs more troops

Posted: 07/12/2012 - British lawmakers clamored for an explanation about why the military needs to field more troops to protect the Olympics after a private security contractor that was paid millions to do that failed to recruit enough staff.

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WikiLeaks gets court victory in fight against Visa

Posted: 07/12/2012 - WikiLeaks declared victory in the first round of its campaign against the U.S. financial blockade imposed by Visa and MasterCard after an Icelandic court ordered a local company to resume processingdonations

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Islamists reassure Tunisians of democratic goals

Posted: 07/12/2012 - Tunisia's ruling Islamists are emphasizing their commitment to a civil, democratic state — as opposed to one under hardline religious rule — as they open their first party congress since taking power.

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Palestinian officials hesitant on Arafat autopsy

Posted: 07/12/2012 - In an apparent flip-flop, Palestinian investigators looking into Yasser Arafat's death said Thursday they want to review reports from a Swiss lab before deciding whether to exhume the leader's remains.

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