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98-year-old message in bottle sets world record

Posted: 08/30/2012 - Fisherman Andrew Leaper found the bottle— released in 1914 — in his nets in April while sailing east of the Shetland Islands, which lie off Scotland's northern coast.

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Pakistani officials confirm death of key militant

Posted: 08/30/2012 - Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed Thursday that a U.S. drone strike last week near the Afghan border killed the son of the founder of the powerful Haqqani militant network.

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Afghan president moves to replace security chiefs

Posted: 08/29/2012 - The president is trying to shore up his shaken security team as his administration struggles to build an army and police force that can fight the Taliban as U.S. and other foreign forces begin to withdraw.

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Senegal summons Gambian diplomat over executions

Posted: 08/29/2012 - The president of Senegal has denounced the execution of two Senegalese citizens who were among nine prisoners killed by firing squad in neighboring Gambia last week.

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UN chief hits host Iran over human rights

Posted: 08/29/2012 - The U.N. chief jolted his Iranian hosts for a nonaligned nations meeting Wednesday by pointing out "serious concerns" in Tehran's human rights record and urging cooperation with the world body to improve freedoms.

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Assad acknowledges struggle to win Syria civil war

Posted: 08/29/2012 - Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a broadcast Wednesday that his regime needs more time to win the civil war, acknowledging that his forces are struggling to contain the rebel challenge.

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Report: France opens murder probe in Arafat death

Posted: 08/28/2012 - A judicial official has told the Sipa news agency that French prosecutors have opened a murder investigation into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

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Belgian pedophile accomplice gets early release

Posted: 08/28/2012 - Belgium's highest court granted conditional early release Tuesday to one of the nation's most despised criminals, the accomplice and former wife of a pedophile and child killer.

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Syrian opposition leader criticizes US

Posted: 08/28/2012 - The head of the main Syrian opposition group seeking to oust President Bashar Assad criticized U.S. officials Tuesday for saying it was premature to speak about a transitional Syrian government.

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European court nixes Italy embryo screening ban

Posted: 08/28/2012 - Italy's ban on screening embryos for diseases before they are implanted in a womb violates the rights of a couple whose first child was born with cystic fibrosis, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday.

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North Korea's first Paralympian inspires the disabled

Posted: 08/28/2012 - North Korea, long accused by rights activists of shunting its disabled residents off to isolated detention camps, will take part for the first time this year in the Paralympics, which open Wednesday in London.

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Israel calls Iran the greatest nuclear threat

Posted: 08/28/2012 - Arab nations and Israel are heading for a confrontation at a 154-nation nuclear meeting next month over an Arab initiative to criticize Israel's secretive atomic program.

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Red Cross to resume but scale back ops in Pakistan

Posted: 08/28/2012 - The Red Cross plans to resume some of the work that it suspended in Pakistan but on a vastly smaller scale after the killing of a British nurse it employed, officials said Tuesday.

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Opposition says Putin's lifestyle costs billions

Posted: 08/28/2012 - Russian President Vladimir Putin is spending billions of taxpayers' rubles on 20 luxurious residences, 43 jets and four yachts, a top opposition leader claimed Tuesday.

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SAfrican cops: 150 miners claim beaten in custody

Posted: 08/27/2012 - South Africa's police are investigating each of the 34 killings of striking mine workers and are also looking into allegations that more than 150 arrested miners have been beaten in police custody.

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France would recognize Syrian opposition gov't

Posted: 08/27/2012 - The French leader, clearly frustrated with reticence from China and Russia in crafting a tougher tack against Assad at the United Nations, staked out unprecedented terrain to jolt the opposition into unity.

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Pakistani court gives premier time to obey order

Posted: 08/27/2012 - The decision followed an appearance by Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf before the judges and was seen as a rare conciliatory gesture by the supreme court toward the government after months of conflict over the issue.

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Women, Christians named to Egypt president team

Posted: 08/27/2012 - The appointments, announced Monday by President Mohammed Morsi's spokesman, fall short of Morsi's promises during his election campaign to name a woman and a Christian as vice presidents.

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Fighting across Syria as last UN monitors leave

Posted: 08/23/2012 - Across the country, at least 100 people died in shelling and clashes, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees.

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