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Comic Sarah Silverman's sister detained by Israel

Posted: 02/11/2013 - Israeli police Monday detained 10 women, including the sister of American comic Sarah Silverman, as they tried to pray at a Jerusalem holy site, the head of a liberal Jewish women's group said.

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Greeks snatch urban metal to get through crisis

Posted: 02/11/2013 - When Greece adopted the euro, it poured billions into modernizing its infrastructure, building spectacular bridges, highways, and a brand new rail transit network for Athens.

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US condemns attack on refugee camp in Iraq

Posted: 02/11/2013 - The State Department is condemning the rocket and mortar attack that killed six people and wounded dozens of others at a refugee camp near Baghdad's international airport.

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

Updated: 02/11/2013 - Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 -- the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

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Saga of speeding politician rivets Britain

Posted: 02/08/2013 - A British politician's need for speed, and what he did next, now look like acts of hubris that have destroyed a family and a political career and may end in prison

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EU leaders agree to $1.28 trillion 7-year budget

Posted: 02/08/2013 - European Union leaders agreed Friday to a drastically reduced 7-year budget worth €959 billion ($1.28 trillion) — the first cut in spending in the 27-country group's history.

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Girl shot by Taliban discharged from UK hospital

Posted: 02/08/2013 - Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani education activist shot in the head by the Taliban, was discharged from a British hospital after undergoing skull reconstruction and receiving a cochlear implant.

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Duchess of York among new phone hack settlements

Posted: 02/08/2013 - Sarah Ferguson, the former wife of Prince Andrew; British singer-songwriter James Blunt; and Israeli television psychic Uri Geller are among the latest to strike a deal with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. over phone hacking.

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London 'Micrarium' aims to showcase tiny animals

Posted: 02/08/2013 - Jack Ashby, who is in charge of the Grant Museum of Zoology in central London, said Thursday he is trying to give dragonfly nymphs, tortoise mites, and sea spiders the attention they deserve.

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Iran's supreme leader rejects direct talks with US

Posted: 02/07/2013 - The statement posted on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website echoes previous remarks opposing bilateral talks with Washington in parallel with stop-and-start nuclear negotiations with world powers.

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Iran airs images allegedly extracted from US drone

Posted: 02/07/2013 - After initially saying only that a drone had been lost near the Afghan-Iran border, American officials eventually confirmed the Sentinel had been monitoring Iran's military and nuclear facilities.

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French try to root out would-be jihadists at home

Posted: 02/07/2013 - France, waging war against Islamist extremists in Mali, is on the hunt for would-be fighters at home, fearful that they will join militants in the conflict in its former African colony or take radical action on French soil.

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Court: Plotters wanted overthrow of Congo leader

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Belonging to an organization called the Union of Nationalists for Renewal, the men sent an email "wish list" asking for machine guns, radios and even surface-to-air missiles.

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UN: Cost of bribes paid by Afghans spiked in 2012

Posted: 02/07/2013 - The cost of corruption in Afghanistan rose sharply last year to $3.9 billion, and half of all Afghans bribed public officials for services, the U.N. said Thursday.

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Acapulco rape case overshadows peak tourist season

Posted: 02/07/2013 - The tourism world turned its eyes on Mexico after six Spanish women were raped by masked gunmen during a vacation in the long-troubled Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.

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Poland: still no sign country source of horsemeat

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Investigations in Poland have found no evidence backing Irish claims that Poland was the source of horsemeat that ended up in Irish and British burgers, a top Polish veterinarian said on Thursday.

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Tunisia opposition welcomes move for new gov't

Posted: 02/07/2013 - Tunisia's opposition parties on Thursday welcomed the government's move to dissolve itself in favor of a caretaker body following the shocking assassination of a leftist politician.

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HK poor in cages shows dark side of property boom

Posted: 02/07/2013 - For many of the richest people in Hong Kong, one of Asia's wealthiest cities, home is a mansion with an expansive view. For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage.

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Tunisian opposition leader killed amid tensions

Posted: 02/06/2013 - The killing of Chokri Belaid, a 47-year-old lawyer, heightens tensions in the North African nation whose path from dictatorship to democracy has been seen as a model for the Arab world so far.

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Woman in Timbuktu punished for forbidden love

Posted: 02/06/2013 - The love story in this fabled desert outpost began over the phone, when he dialed the wrong number. It nearly ended with the couple's death at the hands of Islamic extremists who considered their romance "haram"

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Iran offering reeling Egypt 'big credit line'

Posted: 02/06/2013 - Iran's president on Wednesday offered to help rescue Egypt's failing economy with a "big credit line," another sign of improving relations between two regional powers after a freeze of more than three decades.

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