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Clashes mark Bahrain's second uprising anniversary

Posted: 02/14/2013 - Security forces in Bahrain clashed on Thursday with anti-government protesters in street battles that left at least one boy dead amid high tensions on the second anniversary of the uprising in the Gulf nation

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Olympian 'Blade Runner' Pistorius charged with murder

Updated: 02/14/2013 - Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been arrested in the shooting death of his girlfriend, police and the woman's talent agent said Thursday. Police said he has been charged with murder.

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Pope celebrates last public Mass as pontiff

Posted: 02/13/2013 - The mood inside St. Peter's Basilica was somber during the Mass, as if the weight of Benedict's decision and the finality of his pontificate had finally registered with the thousands of faithful present.

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Fighting rages near Aleppo airport

Posted: 02/13/2013 - Syrian rebels fought pitched battles Wednesday against regime forces at a military base that protects a major airport in the country's north in fighting that has left more than 40 government troops dead.

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Player regrets getting entangled with match-fixing

Posted: 02/13/2013 - Soccer player Mario Cizmek thought it would just be one match. Ease up and let the other team win, he told himself, then collect the payoff and start paying off your debts.

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Guppies use ugly friends to seem more attractive

Posted: 02/13/2013 - An article published Wednesday by Britain's Royal Society says that male guppies prefer to associate with their drab-colored counterparts when females are around.

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North Korea warns of 'second and third measures'

Posted: 02/12/2013 - North Korea says its nuclear test was its "first response" to U.S. threats and warns it will continue with unspecified "second and third measures of greater intensity" if the United States maintains its hostility.

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Retiring pope faces uncharted territory

Posted: 02/12/2013 - For months, construction crews have been renovating a four-story building attached to a monastery on the northern edge of the Vatican gardens where nuns would live for a few years at a time in cloister.

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Soccer faces epic fight against match-fixing

Posted: 02/12/2013 - Soccer is falling under a cloud of suspicion as never before, sullied by a multibillion-dollar web of match-fixing that is corrupting increasingly larger parts of the world's most popular sport.

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Pope avoids predecessor's show of suffering

Posted: 02/12/2013 - The closest of confidants, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger watched from the front row as Pope John Paul II, once a strapping athlete, steadily deteriorated in his later years.

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Papal resignation opens door to many contenders

Posted: 02/12/2013 - Pope Benedict XVI's resignation opens the door to an array of possible successors, from the conservative cardinal of Milan to a contender from Ghana and several Latin Americans.

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Latin America would like a Latin pope, odds slim

Posted: 02/12/2013 - Latin America is home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population, but hopes that the next pope will come from the region appear faint, experts said Monday.

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Rebels capture air base in northern Syria

Posted: 02/12/2013 - Rebels captured a military air base in northern Syria on Tuesday, handing opposition fighters their second strategic victory in their nearly two-year battle against President Bashar Assad in as many days.

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AP Source: IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics

Posted: 02/12/2013 - In a surprise decision Tuesday, the offficial tells The Associated Press that the IOC executive board decided to retain modern pentathlon and remove wrestling instead.

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Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he's too infirm

Posted: 02/11/2013 - Declaring that he lacks the strength to do his job, Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he will resign Feb. 28 — becoming the first pontiff to step down in 600 years.

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Pope's mission to revive faith clouded by scandal

Posted: 02/11/2013 - Benedict XVI always cast himself as the reluctant pope, a shy bookworm who preferred solitary walks in the Alps to the public glare and the majesty of Vatican pageantry.

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Christians surprised at pope's decision to retire

Posted: 02/11/2013 - Shock, sadness and declarations of faith met Pope Benedict XVI's announcement Monday that he would retire Feb. 28. Here's a look at reaction from around the world.

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Vatican: Health problems not why pope is resigning

Posted: 02/11/2013 - When he became pope at age 78, Benedict XVI was already the oldest pontiff elected in nearly 300 years. He's now 85, and in recent years he has slowed down significantly.

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