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Mortars hit Damascus area as Assad attends prayers

Posted: 08/08/2013 - Mortar rounds hit an upscale district of Damascus on Thursday as Syrian state TV broadcast images of President Bashar Assad attending prayers in the same area of the capital to mark the start of a Muslim holiday.

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Muslims celebrate Eid with prayers, feasts

Posted: 08/08/2013 - In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, throngs of believers made their way to mosques donning brand new clothes to kick off the start of Eid al-Fitr.

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Egypt's coup puts fearful Christians in a corner

Posted: 08/08/2013 - It was nighttime and 10,000 Islamists were marching down the most heavily Christian street in this ancient Egyptian city, chanting "Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians."

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AP sources: First charges filed in Benghazi attack

Posted: 08/07/2013 - The Justice Department has filed the first criminal charges in the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, two U.S. officials said Tuesday.

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Big fire, slow response: Kenya airport hall gutted

Posted: 08/07/2013 - A massive fire destroyed the arrivals hall at Kenya's main international airport early Wednesday, forcing the closure of East Africa's largest airport and the rerouting of all inbound flights.

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Chinese judges punished in prostitution scandal

Posted: 08/07/2013 - Two top Shanghai judges and another court official caught on videotape apparently taking prostitutes to hotel rooms have been stripped of their Communist Party membership and will likely lose their jobs.

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Python kills boys, 5 and 7, as they sleep

Posted: 08/06/2013 - A python escaped from its enclosure at a pet store in Canada, apparently slithered through a ventilation system into an upstairs apartment and killed two young boys as they slept, police said Monday.

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Scientists serve up lab-made burger from cow cells

Posted: 08/05/2013 - Mark Post, whose team at Maastricht University developed the burger after five years of research, hopes making meat in labs could eventually help solve the food crisis and fight climate change.

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State Dept: Posts in 19 countries to remain closed

Posted: 08/05/2013 - Amid online "chatter" about terror threats, U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world will be closed at least through the end of this week, the State Department said.

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HRW: Syrian missiles kill hundreds of civilians

Posted: 08/05/2013 - The Syrian military is firing ballistic missiles into populated areas where it is battling rebels, killing hundreds of civilians in recent months, Human Rights Watch said in a report Monday.

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Verdicts expected in Turkish coup plot trial

Posted: 08/05/2013 - The ruling caps a five-year trial that has been a central drama in tensions between the country's secular elite and Erdogan's Islamic-oriented Justice and Development Party.

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Australian opposition pledges carbon tax will go

Posted: 08/05/2013 - Australia's conservative opposition party is casting the looming election as a referendum over a contentious carbon tax, pledging on Monday that scrapping the tax would be its first priority if it regains power.

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Snowden walks free in Russia to US anger

Posted: 08/02/2013 - The 30-year-old former NSA contractor now has plenty of room to roam throughout the sprawling country and continue the bizarre journey that has already stretched across half the planet.

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France tries 1 more cure for volatile suburbs

Posted: 08/02/2013 - The government is counting on state-sponsored jobs and improved lodging to help the millions of people, often immigrants from former French colonies in North Africa who speak little French.

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Mujica defends Uruguay's marijuana licensing plan

Posted: 08/02/2013 - Uruguay is poised to become the first nation to create a legal, regulated marijuana market, encouraging growers and sellers to produce enough pot to keep users from depending on illegal drug traffickers.

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Zimbabwe challenger says poll is not credible

Posted: 08/01/2013 - The main challenger to Zimbabwe's longtime president, Robert Mugabe, said Thursday the election is "null and void" due to alleged violations in the voting process, but Mugabe has denied vote rigging.

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Israeli Jew is devout gay drag queen

Posted: 08/01/2013 - It has been a long and agonizing metamorphosis for Hadar, 34, from being a conflicted Orthodox Jew to a proud religious gay man — and drag queen.

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