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Paraguay's new president wants taxes

Posted: 09/19/2013 - As one of the richest men in one of Latin America's poorest countries, Paraguay's new president says he knows the wealthy can do more to combat poverty.

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Former Nintendo head Yamauchi dies aged 85

Posted: 09/19/2013 - Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company's transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant, has died. He was 85.

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Syria: Aleppo prisoners caught in deadly stalemate

Posted: 09/18/2013 - The prisoners are crammed together in small, dark rooms with no water or electricity and barely enough food to survive. Diseases such as scabies and tuberculosis are rampant among them

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Greek public sector shuts down for 2-day strike

Posted: 09/18/2013 - Greek civil servants walked off their jobs Wednesday at the start of a two-day nationwide strike protesting planned job cuts required as part of the country's international bailout.

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Desperate thousands try to escape cut-off Acapulco

Posted: 09/18/2013 - Two of Mexico's largest airlines were running about two flights an hour from Acapulco's still-flooded international airport Tuesday, with priority for those with tickets, the elderly and families with young children.

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Powerful typhoon downgraded after lashing Japan

Posted: 09/17/2013 - Crews were cleaning up wrecked houses and assessing damage Tuesday in the wake of a powerful typhoon that lashed Japan with torrential rains, leaving at least two people dead.

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UN confirms chemical weapons used in Syria

Posted: 09/17/2013 - The Syrian government's claims that opposition forces were responsible for the attack "cannot be simply shrugged off," Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin insisted.

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Shipwrecked Concordia hauled upright off Italy

Posted: 09/17/2013 - Engineers declared success on Tuesday as the Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright during an unprecedented, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany

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Why is France pushing so hard on Syria?

Posted: 09/17/2013 - As French President Francois Hollande keeps up the threat of military strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, he isn't just acting as President Barack Obama's poodle, as some critics maintain.

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Syrian army accuses Turkey of escalating tensions

Posted: 09/17/2013 - The Syrian military on Tuesday accused Turkey of seeking to escalate tensions along the two nations' already volatile border by shooting down a Syrian military helicopter there the day before.

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Shipwrecked Concordia wrested off Italian reef

Posted: 09/16/2013 - Engineers on Monday succeeded in wresting the hull of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia from the Italian reef where it has been stuck since it capsized in January 2012

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Australian leader appoints lone woman to Cabinet

Posted: 09/16/2013 - Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott has rekindled the sexism accusations that have dogged his political career by naming only one woman — Foreign Minister Julie Bishop — to the 19-member Cabinet

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Powerful typhoon lashes Japan; thousands evacuate

Posted: 09/16/2013 - Typhoon Man-yi, packing wind speeds of 162 kilometers per hour (100 mph) Monday evening, was centered over the city of Miyako, about 550 kilometers (350 miles) north of Tokyo.

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Afghan Taliban attack US Consulate, kill 2 Afghans

Posted: 09/13/2013 - Taliban militants unleashed car bombs at the U.S. Consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday morning, triggering a firefight with security forces in an attack that killed at least two Afghans.

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London police foil cyber bank robbers

Posted: 09/13/2013 - London police said Friday they arrested 12 men involved in a bold attempt to take control of a bank's computer in order to rob the institution.

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Kerry: Syria peace prospects ride on weapons talks

Updated: 09/13/2013 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that prospects for a resumption in the Syrian peace process are riding on the outcome of U.S.-Russian talks

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