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North Korean woman at Kim's side sparks curiosity

Posted: 07/09/2012 - A mysterious young woman appearing at the side of North Korea's new leader is the subject of speculation she could be Kim Jong Un's younger sister or even wife, but Pyongyang has released no details.

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Verdict near in trial of Israeli ex-premier

Posted: 07/09/2012 - An Israeli court will deliver a verdict Tuesday in the corruption trial of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, capping a five-year saga that has plunged the country into uncharted legal waters.

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52 Cambodia deaths tied to common child illness

Posted: 07/09/2012 - A deadly form of a common childhood illness has been linked to many of the mysterious child deaths in Cambodia that caused alarm, health officials said Monday.

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Art historians claim to find new Caravaggio works

Posted: 07/06/2012 - It was not possible to immediately evaluate the claim Thursday by Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz and Adriana Conconi Fedrigolli on the eve of the publication of two ebooks laying out their case.

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Hong Kong customs seizes $98M worth of cocaine

Posted: 07/06/2012 - Hong Kong customs officers announced Friday that they have made the city's biggest ever cocaine bust, seizing 649 kilograms (1,430 pounds) of the drug worth 76 million Hong Kong dollars ($98 million).

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Diplomats press Assad, top Syrian general defects

Posted: 07/06/2012 - The United States and its international partners called Friday for global sanctions against Bashar Assad's regime, seeking to step up the pressure to the Syrian leader.

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Iraq says al-Qaida fighters flowing into Syria

Posted: 07/05/2012 - Iraq's top diplomat on Thursday said he had "solid information" that al-Qaida militants were crossing from Iraq to Syria to carry out attacks, warning of a violent spillover that could shake the Middle East.

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First NATO truck crosses Pakistan border

Posted: 07/05/2012 - The first truck carrying supplies to American and NATO troops in Afghanistan has crossed the Pakistani border after a seven-month closure of the supply routes by Pakistan ended earlier this week.

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France-Brazil crash: Faulty data misled pilot

Posted: 07/05/2012 - The BEA air accident investigation agency is recommending better training for pilots and stricter plane certification rules as a result of its three-year probe into the crash of Flight 447.

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Greece's new FinMin: some reforms off track

Posted: 07/05/2012 - Greece is falling short of some of the commitments it has made in return for billions of euros of rescue money, the country's new finance minister admitted

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Syria observer chief says violence 'unprecedented'

Posted: 07/05/2012 - The violence in Syria has reached unprecedented levels, the head of the country's U.N. observer mission said Thursday, insisting there must be a cease-fire in order for his teams to resume their work.

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Japan reactor on grid; panel slams crisis response

Posted: 07/05/2012 - Though the report echoes other investigations into last year's disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, it could fuel complaints that Japan is trying to restart nuclear reactors without doing enough to avoid a repeat.

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Aide: Palestinian leader wants more on Arafat

Posted: 07/05/2012 - An aide says the Palestinian leader wants more information from a Swiss lab before deciding whether to dig up the remains of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat.

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Kuwait reappoints recently resigned prime minister

Posted: 07/05/2012 - Kuwait's ruler reappointed the nation's former prime minister Thursday just days after his resignation, a step toward formation of a new government that could at least temporary sideline opposition Islamists.

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Bahrain court orders monitoring for 11-year-old

Posted: 07/05/2012 - A Bahraini court ruled Thursday that an 11-year-old boy accused of taking part in anti-government protests may remain at home but must be monitored by authorities.

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UK terror raid near Olympic Stadium, 6 arrests

Posted: 07/05/2012 - Armed British police carried out an early-morning raid on a residential address near London's Olympic Park on Thursday, using smoke grenades and a stun gun in what they called a pre-planned anti-terror operation.

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Islamists suspected in Egyptian student's murder

Posted: 07/04/2012 - An Egyptian university student was fatally stabbed as his girlfriend looked on after three suspected Islamic militants confronted the couple in a park and told them they should not be together if they are not married.

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