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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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New TV channel tells Israel's side of the story

Posted: 07/31/2013 - State-of-the-art TV studios above an ancient Mideast port signal Israel's arrival in a modern media landscape in which countries increasingly seek to broadcast their own perspective to the world.

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Edward Snowden's father thankful to Putin

Posted: 07/31/2013 - The father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said on Russian television that he is grateful to the Kremlin for protecting his son.

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Spain investigators: Train driver was on phone

Posted: 07/30/2013 - The driver of the train that derailed and killed 79 people in Spain was on the phone and traveling at 95 mph (153 kph) when the crash happened last week, according to a preliminary investigation released Tuesday.

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EU's Ashton discusses Egypt crisis with Morsi

Posted: 07/30/2013 - The European Union's top diplomat says she discussed Egypt's political crisis with deposed President Mohammed Morsi and the need for the country to move forward.

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US hosts Israel, Palestinians for peace talks

Updated: 07/30/2013 - Diplomats long have stressed the urgency of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, yet as a new round of Mideast peace talks begins, Secretary of State John Kerry thinks there are more reasons than ever to move quickly.

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Clergy, faithful digest Francis' Brazil message

Posted: 07/30/2013 - In word and deed during his trip to Brazil, Pope Francis put clergy and faithful alike on notice: Get energized, go out and spread the Gospel, give the Roman Catholic Church a more active role in society.

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Macau aims for another Vegas staple: boxing

Posted: 07/30/2013 - A Chinese fighter's victory at a Macau showdown brings the world's top casino market a step closer to challenging Las Vegas for dominance of another Sin City staple: big-time boxing matches.

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Pope Francis says he won't judge gay priests

Posted: 07/29/2013 - Pope Francis is reaching out to gays, saying he won't judge priests for their sexual orientation, in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returns from his first foreign trip.

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Bus crash in southern Italy kills 37 people

Posted: 07/29/2013 - Reports said as many as 49 people — mostly Italians — had been aboard the bus when it ripped through a guardrail, then plunged some 30 meters (100 feet) off a viaduct near a wooded area.

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New Zealand says no evidence it spied on reporter

Posted: 07/29/2013 - New Zealand said Monday there is no evidence that either the U.S. or the New Zealand military spied on a journalist in Afghanistan who was freelancing for American news organization McClatchy.

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