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Obama hosting new Japan PM amid tensions in Asia

Posted: 02/22/2013 - Shinzo Abe is a nationalist and a keen advocate of stronger relations with Washington that have assumed more importance for Tokyo as it has locked horns in recent months with emerging power China

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UN rejects damage claim for Haiti cholera victims

Posted: 02/22/2013 - The United Nations rejected a claim for damages on behalf of more than 5,000 Haitian cholera victims and their families on Thursday, citing diplomatic immunity.

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German bishops OK contraception in rape cases

Posted: 02/22/2013 - In a statement issued at the end of a regular meeting in the western city of Trier, the German Bishops Conference said Catholic hospitals still can't provide drugs that would lead to the death of an embryo.

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Syria says 53 killed in Damascus car bomb

Posted: 02/21/2013 - A car bombing near Syria's ruling party headquarters in Damascus killed 53 people on Thursday, according to state media, while mortar rounds exploded near the army's central command in the city.

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Top detective appointed new Pistorius investigator

Posted: 02/21/2013 - South Africa's top detective was appointed lead investigator in the Oscar Pistorius case Thursday, replacing a veteran policeman who was charged with attempted murder

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Vatican feuds, fiefdoms, betrayals await next pope

Posted: 02/21/2013 - If evidence was ever needed that the next pope must urgently overhaul the powerful Vatican bureaucracy called the Curia, the scandal over Pope Benedict XVI's private papers is Exhibit A.

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3 British men convicted in terrorist bomb plot

Posted: 02/21/2013 - On Thursday, a jury convicted three young British men of being ringleaders of an al-Qaida-inspired plot to explode knapsack bombs in crowded parts of Birmingham, England

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Judge grants access to secret Guantanamo camp

Posted: 02/21/2013 - The judge presiding over the Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal is allowing defense lawyers their first chance to see the secret section of the Guantanamo Bay prison where the accused are held.

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UN nuclear agency to issue latest Iran report

Posted: 02/21/2013 - Diplomats say the U.N. nuclear agency is set to issue its latest report on Iran's atomic activities, just days before Feb. 26 talks between Tehran and six world powers.

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British premier lays wreath at India massacre site

Posted: 02/20/2013 - Britain's prime minister laid a mourning wreath Wednesday at the site of a notorious 1919 massacre of hundreds of Indians by British colonial forces, calling the killings "a shameful event in British history."

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Greeks strike, march in protest against austerity

Posted: 02/20/2013 - Tens of thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday as unions staged a general strike to protest government spending cuts and tax hikes.

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Portrait of accused China cyberspy unit emerges

Posted: 02/20/2013 - The apparent purpose of Unit 61398 became clear only when a U.S. Internet security firm accused it of conducting a massive hacking campaign against North American targets.

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Conclave brings out cardinals' dirty laundry

Posted: 02/20/2013 - Popular pressure is mounting in the U.S. and Italy to keep California Cardinal Roger Mahony away from the conclave to elect the next pope because of his role shielding sexually abusive priests.

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Police: No inconsistencies in Pistorius account

Posted: 02/20/2013 - A police detective testified at Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing Wednesday that authorities have not found any inconsistencies in the star athlete's description of his shooting of his girlfriend — a killing Pistorius says was accidental but which prosecutors call murder.

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Testosterone and needles found in Pistorius' apartment

Posted: 02/20/2013 - South African police say they found two boxes of testosterone and needles in the bedroom of Oscar Pistorius, but his defense lawyer says it was an "herbal remedy" and not a banned substance.

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Pistorius charged with murdering girlfriend

Posted: 02/19/2013 - The magistrate ruled that Pistorius faces the harshest bail requirements available in South African law. He did not elaborate before a break was called in the session.

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US security firm alleges massive Chinese hacking

Posted: 02/19/2013 - Cyberattacks that stole information from 141 targets in the U.S. and other countries have been traced to a Chinese military unit in a drab office building in the outskirts of Shanghai, a U.S. security firm alleged Tuesday.

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