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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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Saudis to send 2 women to London Games

Posted: 07/12/2012 - Olympic officials tell The Associated Press that Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the games for the first time at the London Olympics.

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Opposition: Syria's Iraq ambassador has defected

Posted: 07/11/2012 - The Syrian ambassador to Iraq has defected and will seek asylum in Turkey, the most senior diplomat to abandon the regime since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began 16 months ago

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Suicide attack on Yemen police cadets kills 10

Posted: 07/11/2012 - A suspected al-Qaida suicide bomber detonated his explosives among a crowd of Yemeni police cadets as they were leaving their academy Wednesday, killing at least 10 of them, according to security officials.

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UK: 3,500 more troops assigned to Olympics

Posted: 07/11/2012 - Britain put an extra 3,500 military personnel on standby Wednesday to protect venues at the London Olympics, after a private contractor said it may not be able to provide enough security guards on time.

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Vast wealth didn't shield the Rausings from drugs

Posted: 07/11/2012 - When Eva Rausing approached the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in London's Grosvenor Square four years ago to deal with a routine passport matter, she had to pass through British security.

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In historic visit, Clinton reaches out to Laos

Posted: 07/11/2012 - Clinton met with the communist government's prime minister and foreign minister in the capital of Vientiane on Wednesday, part of a weeklong diplomatic tour of Southeast Asia.

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Egypt lawmakers defy ban as political heat rises

Posted: 07/10/2012 - Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament opened a new front in the country's leadership showdowns Tuesday by meeting in defiance of orders that disbanded the chamber

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EU extends Spain's deficit timeline by 1 year

Posted: 07/10/2012 - The EU worked towards stabilizing Spain's finances Tuesday as it backed up the blueprint for the country's €100 billion bank bailout plan with plans to grant the country an extra year to cut its budget deficit.

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Judge OKs rooftop missiles during London Olympics

Posted: 07/10/2012 - The defense ministry says the missiles, capable of shooting down a hijacked aircraft, are a key piece in the elaborate jigsaw of security for the London Olympics, which start July 27.

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