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Israeli city divided by religion after close vote

Posted: 10/31/2013 - After a contentious mayoral election between secular and ultra-Orthodox rivals, this deeply divided city has become a flashpoint for a religious struggle that is threatening to tear Israel apart.

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Cambodia's Khmer Rouge defendants deny charges

Posted: 10/31/2013 - Former head of state Khieu Samphan, 87, and 82-year-old Nuon Chea, the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist and No. 2 leader, both made lengthy closing statements at the U.N.-backed tribunal in the capital.

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Mexican Day of Dead 'Skeleton Lady' spreads look

Posted: 10/31/2013 - As Mexico's capital marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the artist who created "Catrina," dozens of video bloggers are offering tips on how to nail her pale skull look.

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Brazil's flamboyant playboy tycoon takes big fall

Posted: 10/31/2013 - Just a few years ago, flamboyant billionaire Eike Batista was boasting that he'd soon be the world's richest man. He loved to show visitors his Mercedes-Benz McLaren — kept parked right in the living room of his mansion.

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Veil of darkness lifts for Myanmar's blind

Posted: 10/31/2013 - Nepalese surgeon Sandut Ruit, who helped pioneer the technique, oversaw nearly 1,300 operations at two massive eye camps in 10 days in October, with dozens of local ophthalmologists looking on and helping.

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Spanish spy chief to address Parliament on spying

Posted: 10/30/2013 - Spain's intelligence chief will address parliament over allegations the country was a target for surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency, the prime minister said Wednesday.

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Assad says support for armed groups must end

Posted: 10/30/2013 - Syrian President Bashar Assad told the Arab League-U.N. envoy Wednesday that foreign support for the armed opposition must end if any political solution to the country's conflict is to succeed.

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Spying tests trust between Obama, Merkel

Posted: 10/30/2013 - When President Barack Obama visited Berlin in June, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a point of showing him a balcony in her office overlooking train tracks that crossed the border of her once-divided country

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EU looking into Russia G20 spying report

Posted: 10/30/2013 - Italian newspapers reported early this week allegations that Russia tried to spy on participants of the G-20 summit by giving officials free equipment like USB sticks or mobile phone chargers

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Egypt arrests deputy leader of Brotherhood's party

Posted: 10/30/2013 - Egyptian security forces raided an apartment in eastern Cairo early Wednesday, arresting a key Muslim Brotherhood figure who had been on the run since the July coup that ousted the country's Islamist president.

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In Iraq, Sunni attacks spark Shiite calls to arms

Posted: 10/30/2013 - The wave of attacks by al-Qaida-led Sunni extremists that has killed thousands of Iraqis this year, most of them Shiites, is provoking ominous calls from Shiite leaders to take up arms in self-defense.

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India bus inferno kills 42; many burned alive

Posted: 10/30/2013 - A bus crashed into a highway barrier in southern India and erupted in flames early Wednesday, killing 42 passengers — many of them burned alive in the inferno, officials said.

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UN confirms 10 polio cases in northeast Syria

Posted: 10/29/2013 - The U.N.'s health agency said Tuesday it has confirmed 10 polio cases in northeast Syria, the first confirmed outbreak of the diseases in the country in 14 years, with a risk of spreading across the region.

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AP source: US weighs end to spying on leaders

Posted: 10/29/2013 - The revelations about National Security Agency monitoring of Merkel were the latest in a months-long spying scandal that has strained longstanding alliances with some of America's closest partners.

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China seeks info on Uighurs after deadly crash

Posted: 10/29/2013 - Police released no public information about a possible motive for the incident at one of China's most politically sensitive and heavily guarded public spaces.

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Beleaguered Syrian Christians fear future

Posted: 10/29/2013 - The mortars have repeatedly hit in his mainly Christian district of Damascus, al-Qassaa, reportedly killing at least 32 people and injuring dozens of others the past two weeks.

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3 members of Chinese advocacy group stand trial

Posted: 10/28/2013 - The trial of grassroots rights advocates Liu Ping, Wei Zhongping and Li Sihua at a district court in Xinyu city in eastern Jiangxi province was held under tight security.

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Report: US monitored 60 million calls in Spain

Posted: 10/28/2013 - A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone.

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Israeli tunnel hit by cyberattack, experts say

Posted: 10/28/2013 - The attack caused an immediate 20-minute lockdown of the roadway. The next day, the expert said, it shut down the roadway again during morning rush hour. It remained shut for eight hours, causing massive congestion.

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Poland's first post-communist PM Mazowiecki dies

Posted: 10/28/2013 - Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Eastern Europe's first democratic prime minister after communism, key adviser to Poland's Solidarity freedom movement and U.N. human rights envoy to Bosnia in the 1990s, has died.

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