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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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Syrian rebels capture country's largest dam

Posted: 02/11/2013 - Syrian rebels captured the country's largest dam on Monday after days of intense clashes, giving them control over water and electricity supplies for much of the country

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Egypt protests on anniversary of Mubarak ouster

Posted: 02/11/2013 - Masked men briefly blocked trains at a central Cairo subway station Monday as Egyptians commemorated the second anniversary of autocrat Hosni Mubarak's ouster with angry protests directed at his elected successor.

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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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