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New telescope to be in South Africa, Australia

Posted: 05/25/2012 - Australia and South Africa will share hosting of a giant radio telescope made up of thousands of separate dishes and intended to help scientists figure out the make-up of the universe.

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Backlash against African migrants in Israel

Posted: 05/25/2012 - Recent rapes blamed on African migrants have ignited a political and emotional backlash against their ballooning numbers, with Israelis and their leaders stridently — and in an alarming new development, violently — calling for their expulsion.

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Investors plan soccer stadium for Haiti shantytown

Posted: 05/25/2012 - A local sports hero, a New York real estate developer and a well-known architect are teaming up to build a soccer stadium in Haiti's notorious Cite Soleil, hoping to revive the seaside shantytown known throughout the hemisphere for its extreme poverty and gang battles.

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Brotherhood claims lead as Egypt vote count begins

Posted: 05/25/2012 - The Muslim Brotherhood has quickly staked a claim for its candidate to advance to a runoff vote, saying its exit polls showed him leading in Egypt's landmark presidential election to succeed ousted leader Hosni Mubarak.

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Pakistan convicts doctor who helped find bin Laden

Posted: 05/23/2012 - A Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden was sentenced to 33 years in prison on Wednesday for conspiring against the state, officials said.

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Syria says sanctions have cost country $4 billion

Posted: 05/23/2012 - Syria's oil minister acknowledged the heavy toll international sanctions have taken on the country's oil sector, saying Wednesday that they had sucked about $4 billion from the economy.

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Iran is offered new plans to ease nuclear concerns

Posted: 05/23/2012 - The proposal by the U.S. and its negotiation partners focused on Iran's highest-level uranium enrichment — at 20 percent — which many world leaders fear could be quickly turned into warhead-grade material.

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Azerbaijan basks in glitz, fears exposure

Posted: 05/23/2012 - The capital of this former Soviet republic has shed its dour, industrial image and evolved into a vibrant metropolis combining the old world charms of Istanbul with the architectural ostentations of Dubai.

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Decision next week on Julian Assange extradition

Updated: 05/23/2012 - He is sought by Swedish prosecutors for questioning on sex crimes allegations relating to accusations made against by two Swedish women after he visited that country in 2010.

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Egyptians vote to rid nation of autocratic rule

Posted: 05/23/2012 - Egyptians waited patiently in long lines outside polling stations across the nation on Wednesday to freely choose their first president since last year's ouster of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak.

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Legion's latest admission revives hypocrisy charge

Posted: 05/22/2012 - The Legion of Christ religious order suffered another blow to its credibility Tuesday after its superior admitted he knew in 2005 that his most prominent priest had fathered a child

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Hezbollah appeals for calm after Syria kidnapping

Posted: 05/22/2012 - The leader of Lebanon's Shiite militant group Hezbollah appealed for calm Tuesday after people blocked roads and burned tires in Beirut to protest the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese Shiites in neighboring Syria.

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Russian lawmakers slap big sanctions on protesters

Posted: 05/22/2012 - President Vladimir Putin targeted those who dare oppose him Tuesday, introducing draconian new fines for protesters and handing out Kremlin jobs to widely detested lieutenants

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Everest will be crowded again days after 4 killed

Posted: 05/22/2012 - Days after four people died amid a traffic jam of climbers scrambling to conquer Mount Everest, Nepal officials said a similar rush up the world's tallest peak will begin soon, and there's little they can do to control it.

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