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Strong explosion rocks Syria's capital

Posted: 06/28/2012 - A strong explosion rocked the Syrian capital Thursday near a busy market and the Palace of Justice, sending black smoke billowing into the sky.

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Egypt's ex-oil minister jailed for 15 years

Posted: 06/28/2012 - A court has sentenced Egypt's former oil minister and a fugitive businessman who was close to ousted leader Hosni Mubarak for 15 years after convicting them of corruption in a case involving natural gas exports to Israel.

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Bombings kill 14 around Iraqi capital Baghdad

Posted: 06/28/2012 - Bombings in and around Baghdad killed 14 people and wounded more than 45 on Thursday, authorities said, as a spike of violence made June Iraq's bloodiest month in almost a half a year.

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Hamas says militant assassinated in Damascus

Posted: 06/28/2012 - An official in the Palestinian militant movement said Kamal Ghanaja was a former aide to Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior commander who was himself assassinated in Dubai in 2010.

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Increased use of abandoned baby boxes concerns UN officials

Posted: 06/28/2012 - Concerns raised over "baby boxes" by a U.N. committee dedicated to protecting the rights of children have sparked a debate over whether or not abandoning children in a safe environment should still be tolerated.

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Troubled Europe summit: Merkel vs. everyone else

Posted: 06/28/2012 - European leaders gathering Thursday in Brussels are set to sign off on a series of measures to boost economic growth but expectations of a breakthrough on the pooling of debt have fallen by the wayside.

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History unfolds: Queen, ex-IRA chief shake hands

Posted: 06/27/2012 - Queen Elizabeth II and a former Irish Republican Army commander offered each other the hand of peace Wednesday in a long-awaited encounter symbolizing Northern Ireland's progress.

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Wozniak, Dotcom slam US piracy case

Posted: 06/27/2012 - ple cofounder Steve Wozniak says the U.S. piracy case against Kim Dotcom is "hokey" and a threat to Internet innovation.

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Syria: TV station attacked, 7 staffers killed

Posted: 06/27/2012 - Gunmen raided the headquarters of a pro-government Syrian TV station early Wednesday, killing seven employees, kidnapping others and demolishing buildings, officials said.

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Turkey threatens Syria with retaliation over jet

Posted: 06/26/2012 - Turkey warned Tuesday that any Syrian military unit approaching its border will be treated as a direct threat, a serious escalation in tensions days after Syria shot a Turkish military plane out of the sky.

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Subway work unearths ancient road in Greece

Posted: 06/26/2012 - Archaeologists in Greece's second-largest city have uncovered a 70-meter (230-foot) section of an ancient road built by the Romans that was the city's main travel artery nearly 2,000 years ago.

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Workers search for victims of Canada roof collapse

Posted: 06/25/2012 - Elliott Lake Mayor Rick Hamilton said workers still removing the debris. Officials were using two cranes in the stabilization efforts, more than 40 hours after the collapse occurred.

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Egypt president-elect starts consultations on team

Posted: 06/25/2012 - Egypt's new president-elect, Islamist Mohammed Morsi, moved into the office once occupied by ousted leader Hosni Mubarak and started consultations Monday on forming his team and a new government, an aide said.

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Greek prime minister to leave hospital

Posted: 06/25/2012 - Greece's new prime minister was released from hospital Monday, two days after undergoing eye surgery that will prevent him from traveling to a European Union summit in Brussels this week.

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Syrian soldiers defect to Turkey as tensions soar

Posted: 06/25/2012 - Dozens of Syrian soldiers defected overnight to Turkey, crossing the border with their families as tensions between the two countries soared three days after Syrian forces shot down a Turkish military plane.

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Clashes erupt in Kashmir after shrine fire

Posted: 06/25/2012 - A fire destroyed a revered Muslim shrine in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday, prompting anti-government protests by residents angered over what they said was a slow response by firefighters.

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Standoff with Iran focus of Putin visit to Israel

Posted: 06/25/2012 - The West's standoff with Iran over its nuclear program was expected to top the agenda on Monday as Russian President Vladimir Putin began a 24-hour visit to Israel.

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Spain's banks, government co-dependent on debt

Posted: 06/25/2012 - The Spanish economy, the fourth-largest among the 17 countries that use the euro, is suffering from the aftershocks of a real estate bust that has devastated banks and families.

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Japan sells first fish caught since nuclear crisis

Posted: 06/25/2012 - The first seafood caught off Japan's Fukushima coastline since last year's nuclear disaster went on sale Monday, but the offerings were limited to octopus and marine snails because of persisting fears about radiation.

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DEA Honduras raid part of aggressive drug strategy

Posted: 06/25/2012 - A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who killed a suspected drug trafficker during a raid in a remote region of Honduras was part of an aggressive new enforcement strategy that started in April.

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