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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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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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