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Philippine quake damages historic churches

Posted: 10/16/2013 - The bell tower toppled from Cebu city's 16th-century Basilica of the Holy Child — a remnant of the Spanish colonial era and the country's oldest church building — becoming a pile of rubble in the courtyard by the front gate.

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Russia: Court decides not to imprison Navalny

Posted: 10/16/2013 - A Russian court on Wednesday suspended a five-year prison sentence for a top opposition leader but upheld his conviction for theft, preventing him from running in future elections.

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Typhoon, mudslides kill 17 in Japan; 50 missing

Posted: 10/16/2013 - Hardest hit from Typhoon Wipha was Izu Oshima island, which is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Tokyo. Rescuers found 16 bodies, most of them buried by mudslides, police and town officials said.

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Iran presents nuclear proposals at Geneva talks

Posted: 10/16/2013 - Six world powers are taking a closer look at what Iran is describing as a possible breakthrough deal that could ease suspicions it is interested in nuclear arms.

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Death toll in Philippines quake jumps to 85

Posted: 10/15/2013 - The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippines rose to 85, police said Tuesday, as more reports trickled in about toppled buildings and historic churches near the epicenter.

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Mosque bombing kills governor in east Afghanistan

Posted: 10/15/2013 - The explosion at the main mosque in the provincial capital of Puli Alam killed Governor Arsallah Jamal and wounded 15 people — five of them critically, said the governor's spokesman, Din Mohammad Darwesh.

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Iran nuke talks begin amid hopes of progress

Posted: 10/15/2013 - The United States and five other world powers sat down Tuesday for the first talks on Tehran's nuclear program since the election of reformist Iranian President Hassan Rouhani four months ago.

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New report says Syrian rebels committed war crimes

Posted: 10/11/2013 - Jihadi-led rebel fighters in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and abducted more than 200 during an offensive against pro-regime villages, committing a war crime.

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Car bomb hits Swedish, Finnish consulates in Libya

Posted: 10/11/2013 - A car bomb exploded outside a building housing the Swedish and Finnish consulates in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Friday, badly damaging it but causing no casualties.

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Kerry in Afghanistan for urgent security talks

Posted: 10/11/2013 - Kerry's unannounced visit to Kabul comes as talks on the Bilateral Security Agreement have foundered over issues of Afghan sovereignty despite a year of negotiations.

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Global chemical watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

Updated: 10/11/2013 - The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for working to eliminate the scourge that has haunted generations from World War I to the battlefields of Syria.

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EU awards top human rights award to Malala

Posted: 10/10/2013 - U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and a group of imprisoned Belarus dissidents were also in the running for the 50,000-euro ($65,000) Sakharov Award.

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Israel hopes US aid cut to Egypt won't harm peace

Posted: 10/10/2013 - Israel hopes the U.S. decision to cut aid to Egypt will not affect the two countries' historic peace deal, a Cabinet minister said Thursday, insisting that Israeli-Egyptian ties remain as close as ever.

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World cheers Malala, but Pakistanis ambivalent

Posted: 10/09/2013 - One year after a Taliban bullet tried to silence Malala Yousufzai's demand for girls' education, she has published a book and is a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Doctors differ on Argentine president's recovery

Posted: 10/09/2013 - As President Cristina Fernandez recovers from surgery to relieve pressure on her brain, surgeons are offering widely different views on how long it might be for her to retake control of the government

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Chile glacier bill pits mines against water supply

Posted: 10/09/2013 - Just how to define a glacier is at the heart of a Chilean congressional battle that could determine the future of mining in the world's largest copper-producing country.

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China expected to showcase clout at SE Asia summit

Posted: 10/09/2013 - Southeast Asian leaders opened an annual summit with Asia-Pacific counterparts on Wednesday, a gathering where China was expected to take advantage of the absence of the U.S. president

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Englert and Higgs win Nobel physics prize

Updated: 10/08/2013 - The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the two scientists for the "theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles."

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Targets of US raids planned terrorism in Kenya

Posted: 10/08/2013 - The two operations, thousands of miles apart in Africa and approved by President Barack Obama, signaled an American readiness to go after militants in nations where authorities are unable to do so, even years later.

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Vietnam lets churches thrive, but keeps control

Posted: 10/08/2013 - A year ago in this poor hill-tribe village, police rounded up members of a small Catholic sect who were accused of trying to create an independent state.

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Taliban shooting survivor speaks in 'I Am Malala'

Posted: 10/08/2013 - A year ago, Malala Yousafzai was a 15-year-old schoolgirl in northwest Pakistan, thinking about calculus and chemistry, Justin Bieber songs and "Twilight" movies.

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Argentina frets as leader undergoes brain surgery

Posted: 10/08/2013 - Doctors prepared to drill into President Cristina Fernandez's skull Tuesday morning to siphon out blood that is pressuring her brain two months after she suffered an unexplained head injury.

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