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Syrian forces bomb area of alleged chemical attack

Posted: 08/22/2013 - President Bashar Assad's forces pressed on with a military offensive in eastern Damascus on Thursday, bombing rebel-held suburbs where the opposition said a chemical weapons attack the day before killed over 100 people.

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'Boyfriend Tracker' app raises stir in Brazil

Posted: 08/22/2013 - Brazilians were outraged when they learned their country was a top target of the U.S. National Security Agency's overseas spying operation, with data from billions of calls and emails swept up.

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Egypt's Mubarak to be put under house arrest

Posted: 08/22/2013 - Egypt's deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak is expected to be freed from prison and placed under house arrest on Thursday after being ordered released the previous day, following more than two years in detention.

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US Institute: Iran asphalts possible nuke site

Posted: 08/22/2013 - The most recent imagery from satellite company Digital Globe is from Aug. 13. It was seen by The Associated Press ahead of publication by the Institute for Science and International Security.

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Syrian opposition claims 'poisonous gas' attack

Posted: 08/21/2013 - The claims came as a 20-member U.N. chemical weapons team was in Syria to investigate three sites where chemical weapons attacks had allegedly occurred in the past.

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Egyptian authorities arrest 2 Islamist figures

Posted: 08/21/2013 - The arrests are the latest in a crackdown by Egypt's new military-backed leaders against the Muslim Brotherhood group, from which ousted President Mohammed Morsi hails.

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Tobacco brands slip into Myanmar without fanfare

Posted: 08/21/2013 - As some of the world's biggest companies trumpet their arrival in Asia's hottest frontier market, the tobacco industry has a different strategy: It's slipping into Myanmar without fanfare.

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Greek state broadcaster resumes news programing

Posted: 08/21/2013 - Greece's new state television channel began airing news programs Wednesday, more than two months after the government's abrupt closure of state broadcaster ERT drew international condemnation

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Egypt arrests Brotherhood's spiritual leader

Posted: 08/20/2013 - The Brotherhood's spiritual guide, Mohammed Badie, was arrested in an apartment at the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City, close to the location of the six-week sit-in protest by supporters of Morsi.

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Pakistan's Musharraf charged in Bhutto killing

Posted: 08/20/2013 - A Pakistani court on Tuesday indicted former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf on murder charges in connection with the 2007 assassination of iconic Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

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Floods cover more than half of Philippine capital

Posted: 08/20/2013 - Flooding caused by some of the Philippines' heaviest rains on record submerged more than half the capital Tuesday, turning roads into rivers and trapping tens of thousands of people in homes and shelters.

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Ousted China leader's trial caps dramatic downfall

Posted: 08/20/2013 - Only a few people heard it, but when one of China's most prominent politicians slapped his police chief across the face, it would end up reverberating far and wide.

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Egypt officials: Mubarak could be freed this week

Updated: 08/19/2013 - Mubarak has been ordered released in two other court cases against him — the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled him and another in case, on illegal earnings.

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Israel quietly maintains ties with Egyptian army

Posted: 08/19/2013 - Wary of being seen as taking sides in the Egyptian military's standoff against Islamist supporters of the ousted president, Israel also needs the Egyptian army to maintain quiet along their shared border.

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Oscar Pistorius indicted on murder charge

Updated: 08/19/2013 - Oscar Pistorius was indicted Monday on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of the double-amputee Olympian's girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

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Germany: man takes hostages at city hall

Posted: 08/19/2013 - A man took several people hostage at the city hall in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt on Monday, police said. It wasn't clear what weapons the man might have or what he wanted, police spokesman Guenther Beck said.

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Egypt's military chief: Army to confront violence

Posted: 08/18/2013 - Egypt's military leader has vowed the army will not stand by silently in the face of violence after hundreds have been killed in recent days in political unrest.

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Quakes shake central New Zealand, damaging homes

Updated: 08/16/2013 - Strong earthquakes shook central New Zealand on Friday, damaging homes and roads and sending office workers scrambling for cover in the capital. No serious injuries were reported.

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US warns of rising threat from al-Qaida in Iraq

Updated: 08/16/2013 - Top U.S. and Iraqi diplomats warned Thursday of a rising threat in Iraq from al-Qaida, which is carrying out suicide and car bombings with greater frequency

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Islamists take to Egypt streets in defiant protest

Updated: 08/16/2013 - The government has authorized the use of deadly force against protesters targeting police and state institutions while the international community has urged both sides to show restraint.

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AP Analysis: Egypt enters uncharted territory

Posted: 08/16/2013 - With astonishing speed, Egypt has moved from a nation in crisis to a nation in real danger of slipping into a prolonged bout of violence or even civil war.

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