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SKorea launches rocket weeks after NKorea

Posted: 01/30/2013 - South Korea said Wednesday it successfully launched a satellite into space from its own soil for the first time, a point of national pride that came weeks after archrival North Korea accomplished a similar feat

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Israeli warplanes violate Lebanese airspace

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Lebanese officials say 12 Israeli warplanes have violated Lebanese airspace in less than 24 hours, flying low in several sorties over southern Lebanon.

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AP Interview: Top US general confident in Afghans

Posted: 01/30/2013 - The top commander of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan believes government security forces have improved faster than expected and will be ready to take the lead in the 11-year-old war.

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French troops control key airport in north Mali

Posted: 01/30/2013 - French forces have taken control of the airport in Kidal, seizing a key position in one of three provincial capitals the Islamist militants took over last year, officials said Wednesday.

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Egypt opposition leader wants national dialogue

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei made the appeal on Wednesday, a day after the military warned the country could collapse under the weight of this turmoil.

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Strikes pause in Greece, more protests planned

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Transport workers in Greece have ended a two-week protest campaign against new austerity cuts, but public sector unions are planning fresh strikes over steep pay cuts that took effect this year.

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Santa Maria mourns its dead, calls for justice

Posted: 01/30/2013 - The young law student sat alone in a pew, clutching a shirt on which she'd written the names of friends she'd lost in a weekend nightclub fire in this Brazilian college town.

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Cyprus president: Russia ready to help in bailout

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Dimitris Christofias says Wednesday that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin assured him of Moscow's readiness to "extend a helping hand" to Cyprus in a telephone conversation the previous day.

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Nightclub fire highlights Brazil's safety laws

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Flammable and toxic foam soundproofing on the ceiling. Just one exit for a large club that could hold hundreds of people. Not a ceiling water sprinkler system in sight.

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Report: Iran, Hezbollah terror threat rising

Posted: 01/30/2013 - Operating both independently and together, the militant groups are escalating their activities around the world, fueling worries in the U.S. that they increasingly have the ability and the willingness to attack the U.S

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Outdoor flare started club fire

Posted: 01/29/2013 - A nightclub fire that killed 234 people in southern Brazil says the music group playing at the time lit a flare designed for outdoor use that set the club's ceiling on fire.

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Focus turns to Brazilian club safety after fire

Posted: 01/29/2013 - The repercussions of a tragic nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people in southern Brazil widened Tuesday as mayors around the country cracked down on such venues in their own cities

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Egypt army chief warns state could collapse

Posted: 01/29/2013 - Thousands of mourners chanting for the downfall of Egypt's president marched in funerals again Tuesday in the restive city of Port Said

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Obama's envoy for closing Gitmo prison reassigned

Posted: 01/29/2013 - The State Department has reassigned its special envoy for closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in another step away from one of President Barack Obama's first campaign promises.

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UN: Syrian refugees overwhelm Jordan camp

Posted: 01/29/2013 - A wave of 21,000 Syrian refugees in the past week, moving into northern Jordan at about five times the usual daily rate, has overwhelmed this crowded camp already struggling with flooding, short supplies and tent fires.

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Timbuktu, ancient seat of Islamic learning

Posted: 01/29/2013 - Timbuktu, the fabled desert city where retreating Muslim extremists destroyed ancient manuscripts, was a center of Islamic learning hundreds of years before Columbus landed in the Americas.

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Hagel supports nuclear arms cuts, then elimination

Posted: 01/29/2013 - Chuck Hagel, the likely next secretary of defense, would be the first to enter the Pentagon as a public advocate for sharply reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons, possibly without equivalent cuts by Russia

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Policeman protecting Pakistani polio team killed

Posted: 01/29/2013 - Gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer protecting polio workers during a U.N.-backed vaccination campaign in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, the police said.

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Dissident Chen sure 1-party China will change

Posted: 01/29/2013 - He spoke to The Associated Press about his homeland's future and on adapting to life in America, after enduring years of abuse at the hands of officials in his rural community in eastern China.

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Dutch queen stepping aside

Posted: 01/28/2013 - Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will step down, handing over her throne to her son Prince Willem-Alexander.

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