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New inquiry into death of UN's Dag Hammarskjold

Posted: 07/18/2012 - A group of international jurists has been commissioned to reinvestigate the 1961 death of U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, one of the Cold War's most enduring mysteries.

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Syrian defense minister killed in suicide blast

Updated: 07/18/2012 - A suicide bomber struck the National Security building in the Syrian capital Wednesday, killing the defense minister and in a brazen attack on the seat of government power, state-run TV said.

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Clashes spread to new areas in Syrian capital

Posted: 07/17/2012 - Syrian government forces attacked rebels with helicopter gunships in the heart of Damascus on Tuesday, escalating a campaign to crush their opponents as clashes spread to new areas.

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Israel's Netanyahu loses key coalition partner

Posted: 07/17/2012 - Israel plunged toward a political crisis Tuesday after the largest party in the government quit, leaving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in charge of a hard-line coalition opposed to most Mideast peace moves.

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Good deeds to celebrate Mandela's 94th

Posted: 07/17/2012 - Across the country, and even abroad, people are doing good deeds to honor the country's most famous statesman on his 94th birthday Wednesday.

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Hamas now has monopoly on summer fun for Gaza kids

Posted: 07/17/2012 - The Islamic militant Hamas has won a vital battle with the U.N. over the hearts of Gaza's children, moving unopposed into the summer camp sector this year after the world body ran out of money.

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French Holocaust records exhibited for 1st time

Posted: 07/17/2012 - Police are hoping to change that, opening up their archives on France's biggest single deportation of French Jews for the first time to the public on Thursday.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi plans trip to US in September

Posted: 07/17/2012 - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday she will accept an award in the United States in September, making her first U.S. trip in at least two decades.

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Olympics organizers insist early woes are minor

Posted: 07/17/2012 - Organizers said some of the complaints were exaggerated and tried to put the best face on the unfolding security debacle, as well as other concerns about the games, which start in 10 days.

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Delta passenger thought needle was a toothpick

Posted: 07/17/2012 - At first, he thought a toothpick meant to hold the sandwich together had punctured the roof of his mouth. When he pulled it out, "it was a straight needle, about one inch long, with sharp points on both ends."

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Romanian law gives president fighting chance

Posted: 07/17/2012 - Romania's interim president on Tuesday signed a new law that requires a majority of registered voters to take part in a referendum for it to be valid.

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Heavy clashes hit Syrian capital for second day

Posted: 07/16/2012 - The scenes from the second straight day of fierce clashes in Damascus, unfolding in amateur videos posted online, were the latest evidence that Syria's conflict is fast devolving into a civil war

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US Navy ship fires on boat off Dubai, killing 1

Posted: 07/16/2012 - A U.S. Navy ship opened fire on a small boat racing toward it in broad daylight Monday near the Gulf city of Dubai, killing one person, according to American officials.

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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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