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French direct aid a dubious break for Syria rebels

Posted: 09/07/2012 - France, Syria's one-time colonial ruler, began sending the aid without intermediaries last week to three regions of Syria where the regime of President Bashar Assad has lost control.

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Activists report clashes in Syrian capital

Posted: 09/07/2012 - The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Local Coordination Committees had no immediate word on casualties from Friday's clashes in Kazaz.

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Earthquakes kill at least 43 in southwest China

Posted: 09/07/2012 - A series of earthquakes jolted a mountainous part of southwestern China on Friday, collapsing houses, triggering landslides and killing at least 43 people.

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Family feud eyed in grisly killings in French Alps

Posted: 09/07/2012 - A French prosecutor says a feud between brothers is becoming the focus of the investigation into the grisly killings of a British-Iraqi family vacationing in the French Alps.

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Pakistani judge grants bail to Christian girl

Posted: 09/07/2012 - A Pakistani judge granted bail Friday to a young, mentally challenged Christian girl accused of insulting Islam for burning pages of the religion's holy book.

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Romantic comedy gets twist from North Korean acrobats

Posted: 09/07/2012 - It's a classic tale of a small-town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist.

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Iran sets June 14 date for presidential election

Posted: 09/07/2012 - The presidential campaign is expected to be a battle between allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his more conservative rivals. Ahmadinejad cannot run for another term.

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Body found, migrant search continues off Italy

Posted: 09/07/2012 - Italian and NATO rescue crews searched the waters off a small Mediterranean island Friday for survivors of a migrant boat that apparently ran into trouble as it neared Italy.

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Kenya Red Cross: 11 killed in clashes

Posted: 09/07/2012 - The Kenya Red Cross says fighting between a community of cattle herders and farmers over land and water resources has killed 11 people in Kenya's southeast.

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Japan utility: No money to develop renewables

Posted: 09/07/2012 - Naomi Hirose, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., said Thursday it is "quite troubling" that the government, responding to public opinion, is moving toward eliminating nuclear power.

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Girl spent 8 hours beneath bodies in French Alps

Posted: 09/06/2012 - Immobilized with fear, a 4-year-old British girl huddled for eight hours beneath the legs of her slain mother in the back of a car filled with corpses on a remote Alpine road

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Lonmin signs deal without striking union, miners

Posted: 09/06/2012 - The company that runs a platinum mine where South African police killed 34 striking workers signed a peace deal Thursday with main labor unions but a breakaway union and the strikers themselves refused to sign on.

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Nationalism stokes island disputes around Asia

Posted: 09/06/2012 - The popular analysis is that the rising tensions are fueled by a regional power shift that has seen China become increasingly assertive with its neighbors

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Pakistan evicts Save the Children foreign staff

Posted: 09/06/2012 - The Pakistani government has ordered foreign staff members of Save the Children to leave the country, a spokesman for the international aid group said Thursday.

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Moroccan royal dominance: Is it out of step?

Posted: 09/06/2012 - Every year, hundreds of civil servants and elected officials from all over the country must gather at one of King Mohammed VI's palaces to pledge allegiance to the "Commander of the Faithful"

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Putin: Russia can work with Romney if elected

Posted: 09/06/2012 - President Vladimir Putin says Russia can work with Mitt Romney if he's elected U.S. president, even though he has called Russia the United States' "No. 1 geopolitical foe."

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Rights Watch: Evidence of wider US waterboarding

Posted: 09/06/2012 - Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding in American interrogations of detainees than has been acknowledged by the United States.

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Russia bets billions on turn toward Asia

Posted: 09/06/2012 - Russia has splashed out $20 billion preparing for the summit in Vladivostok, its largest but long-neglected Pacific port, as part of a grand plan to become a bigger player in Asian markets.

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US businessman jailed in Dubai appears in court

Posted: 09/06/2012 - An American lawyer says a U.S. businessman accused of financial crimes in Dubai has appeared in court after being caught fleeing the country, but it is not clear how he will be defended.

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Syrian troops take town on refugee flight route

Posted: 09/06/2012 - Activists say Syrian troops have recaptured from rebels a town on the border with Jordan used as a transit point by refugees fleeing the country's civil war.

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7.6 quake hits Costa Rica; Tsunami warning issued

Posted: 09/05/2012 - The USGS said the 8:42 a.m. quake struck about 38 miles from the town of Liberia. It was centered about 25 miles below the surface. The magnitude initially was estimated at 7.9.

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Spacewalking team takes another shot at stiff bolt

Posted: 09/05/2012 - Spacewalking astronauts armed with brushes and other homemade tools attempted to install a critical power-switching box at the International Space Station on Wednesday and revive electrical systems.

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The great chestnut trees of Europe are dying

Posted: 09/05/2012 - The moth became rampant and spread through much of Europe about a decade ago. In Britain, it first surfaced in Wimbledon in 2002 and soon spread across England and Wales

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