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Chinese astronauts parachute land after mission

Posted: 06/29/2012 - China's first female astronaut and two other crew members emerged smiling from a capsule that returned safely to Earth on Friday from a 13-day mission.

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Report: Ex-British minister sold secrets to Czechs

Posted: 06/28/2012 - Files uncovered in the archives of the Czech Security Service show a former British government minister sold information to communist spies during the Cold War, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported.

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Zimbabwe 'witches' to have medical tests

Posted: 06/28/2012 - Court officials in Zimbabwe say two self-confessed witches who claim to have flown on a magical grain threshing basket are to undergo medical and psychiatric examinations.

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Soaring over the Thames: Cable Car takes flight

Posted: 06/28/2012 - The ski-lift like system began soaring over the Thames River on Thursday, offering a bird's-eye view of the London landscape and catering to the tourists expected for the Olympics.

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Pope sets stage for historic blending of choirs

Updated: 06/28/2012 - It's the first time in its 500-plus year history that the pope's personal choir will sing as a single chorus with another choir, let alone one from the breakaway Anglican church.

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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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