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Defending graffiti, and debating Egypt's future

Posted: 09/20/2012 - Under cover of darkness, a few municipality workers quietly began to paint over an icon of Egypt's revolution: a giant, elaborate public mural on the street that saw some of the most violent clashes

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Catholic official worried about Israel attacks

Posted: 09/20/2012 - The Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, one of the church's top officials in the Holy Land, said he is worried about relations between Jews and Christians in the Holy Land. He believes the blame can go all around.

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UK police arrest journalist in phone hacking probe

Posted: 09/20/2012 - British police investigating the ongoing phone hacking scandal have arrested a journalist on suspicion of taking part in a conspiracy to gather data from stolen mobile phones.

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Ground shakes, then Mexico gas pipeline explodes

Posted: 09/20/2012 - Esteban Vazquez Huerta felt the ground suddenly shake as he worked on pipes at a natural gas plant near the U.S. border, then a pipeline just 300 yards away exploded in boiling flames

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Paris' Louvre Museum unveils Islamic Art wing

Posted: 09/20/2012 - The Louvre Museum is unveiling a new wing and galleries dedicated to the arts of Islam, culminating a nearly €100 million ($130 million), decade-long project coming to fruition

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New French cartoons inflame prophet film tensions

Posted: 09/20/2012 - France stepped up security Wednesday at its embassies across the Muslim world after a French satirical weekly revived a formula that it has already used to capture attention.

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Lawyers in Pakistan rally against anti-Islam film

Posted: 09/19/2012 - Several hundred lawyers protesting an anti-Islam video forced their way into an area in Pakistan's capital that houses the U.S. Embassy and other foreign missions on Wednesday.

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Secondhand clothes from West flood Nigeria markets

Posted: 09/19/2012 - Shipping container after shipping container arrive in the market in Lagos, filled to the brim with plastic-wrapped bales of secondhand clothes from the U.S. and elsewhere.

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Syrian rebels seize control of a border crossing

Posted: 09/19/2012 - Rebels seized control of a border crossing on the frontier with Turkey on Wednesday, pulling down the Syrian flag and sending a stream of jubilant people pouring across the border into Turkey.

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Israel military holds largest snap drill in years

Posted: 09/19/2012 - Israeli defense officials say the military is conducting its largest snap drill in years. The exercise comes against the backdrop of tensions with Iran and the civil war in Syria.

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Storms dampen hopes for bountiful NKorea harvest

Posted: 09/19/2012 - There had been high hopes for better crop yields this year following the implementation of more modern farming techniques, said Kang Su Ik, a professor at North Korea's premier agricultural school.

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EU-Iran nuclear talks 'useful and constructive'

Posted: 09/19/2012 - A brief EU statement said the meeting in Istanbul, which ended early Wednesday, was "an important opportunity to stress once again to Iran the urgent need to make progress." It did not elaborate further.

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Japan gets cold feet on total nuclear phase-out

Posted: 09/19/2012 - Japan's Cabinet on Wednesday stopped short of committing to phase out nuclear power by 2040, backtracking from an advisory panel's recommendations in the face of opposition from pro-nuclear businesses and groups.

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Nationalism may rise under Japan's next gov't

Posted: 09/19/2012 - A look at the top candidates to lead Japan's main opposition party — and potentially to become Japan's next prime minister — suggests that Japan may soon get a more nationalist government.

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Al-Qaida threatens attacks on US diplomats

Posted: 09/18/2012 - Al-Qaida's branch in North Africa on Tuesday called for attacks on U.S. diplomats and an escalation of protests against an anti-Islam video that was produced in the United States

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China hints at lenient sentence against ex-cop

Posted: 09/18/2012 - Wang Lijun's trial in Chengdu city's Intermediate Court concluded Tuesday without a verdict after two half-day sessions that were closed to the foreign media.

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EU, Iranian nuclear negotiators to meet

Posted: 09/18/2012 - Iran urged Western powers to engage in "purposeful" negotiations Tuesday as top EU and Iranian representatives meeting in Istanbul

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South Africa mine workers burn Lonmin offer

Posted: 09/18/2012 - Thousands of strikers gathered Tuesday at the Lonmin mine stadium to discuss a new wage offer as government-brokered negotiations resumed in nearby Mooinooi town.

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