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Russia: We have Syrian guarantees on chemical arms

Posted: 08/23/2012 - The potential use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict has put Russia, the Syrian regime's steadfast ally, in a rare point of agreement with the United States

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AP NewsBreak: Nuke agency forms special Iran team

Posted: 08/23/2012 - Creating a unit focused on only one country is an unusual move for the International Atomic Energy Agency, reflecting the priority the U.N. nuclear watchdog is attaching to Iran

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Lawyer: Breivik won't appeal if declared sane

Posted: 08/23/2012 - Anders Behring Breivik's defense lawyers say the confessed mass killer won't appeal if he's sentenced to prison but he will challenge any ruling that declares him insane.

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Hippo stuck in South African swimming pool

Posted: 08/23/2012 - A hefty hippo chased away from his herd at a South African game reserve has found a refreshing place to relax: the lodge's swimming pool. Now it's stuck there.

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South Africa mourning upended by fiery politician

Posted: 08/23/2012 - A fiery politician cast out of the ruling party Thursday hijacked the main memorial service for 34 striking miners killed by police, to accuse President Jacob Zuma's government of complicity in the shootings

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Isaac lashes Caribbean, new storm also forms

Posted: 08/23/2012 - Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands braced for torrential rains on Thursday as Tropical Storm Isaac whipped up waves as high as 10 feet (3 meters) in the Caribbean

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Balkans region hit by worst drought in decades

Posted: 08/23/2012 - After the harshest winter in decades, the Balkans region in the southeast of Europe is now facing its hottest summer and the worst drought across the area in nearly 40 years, officials say.

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Syrian official warns US against intervention

Posted: 08/21/2012 - The comments came a day after President Barack Obama said the U.S would reconsider its opposition to military involvement in the Syrian civil war if Bashar Assad's government deploys or uses chemical or biological weapons

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Americans tune out Afghan war as fighting rages on

Posted: 08/21/2012 - It's not a hot topic at the office water cooler or in the halls of Congress — even though more than 80,000 American troops are still fighting here and dying at a rate of one a day.

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Israel says Egypt violating peace treaty in Sinai

Posted: 08/21/2012 - Israel objected Tuesday to a move by Egypt's new leaders to deploy tanks in a volatile border area, calling the action a violation of the landmark 1979 peace accord between the two nations.

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Website of court that sentenced Pussy Riot hacked

Posted: 08/21/2012 - Russian hackers on Tuesday attacked the website of the Moscow court where three members of the Pussy Riot punk band were tried and sentenced to two years in prison for an irreverent protest.

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Activists get 2 years for anti-Putin church stunt

Posted: 08/17/2012 - Three punk rock-style activists who briefly took over a cathedral in a raucous prayer for deliverance from Vladimir Putin were sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism on Friday

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Infiltration or bad blood behind Afghan attacks?

Posted: 08/17/2012 - The coalition has downplayed the insider attacks as anomalies and mostly a result of personal grievances, even as their numbers soared from 11 last year to 29 so far in 2012.

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Iran: Israel's existence 'insult to all humanity'

Posted: 08/17/2012 - Israel's existence is an "insult to all humanity," Iran's president said Friday in one of his sharpest attacks yet against the Jewish state, as Israel openly debates whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program.

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Syria: clashes near airport in contested Aleppo

Posted: 08/17/2012 - Government troops fought back rebels near the airport of battle-scarred Aleppo, Syria's state media said, in the first official acknowledgement combat had neared a strategic gateway to the country's largest city.

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60 dead after landslide in Congo gold mine

Posted: 08/16/2012 - The accident took place Monday in Pangoyi, but rescue efforts have been hampered because the dense jungle area is controlled by members of a militia.

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Syrian warplanes bomb rebel-held town, 8 killed

Posted: 08/15/2012 - The Syrian fighter jets swooped in low over the rebel-held town of Azaz Wednesday in two bombing runs that sent panicked civilians fleeing for cover and reduced homes to rubble.

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Iraq: Bombs kill 10 north of Baghdad

Posted: 08/15/2012 - The first bomb Wednesday went off in Baqouba, about 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of the Iraqi capital. Police say two civilians and one police officer were killed, and five people were wounded.

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UN panel concludes war crimes perpetrated in Syria

Posted: 08/15/2012 - The killings took place under a late spring sun. The squads poured into the Syrian village of Houla on foot and in vehicles: cars, minivans and pickups mounted with machine guns.

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Roma trapped in misery as France demolishes camps

Posted: 08/15/2012 - The camps weren't much to begin with: They had no electricity or running water. Grocery carts served as makeshift grills. Rats ran rampant and fleas gnawed on young and old alike.

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Cayman's imperiled blue iguanas on the rebound

Posted: 08/15/2012 - The blue iguana has lived on the rocky shores of Grand Cayman for at least a couple of million years, preening like a miniature turquoise dragon as it soaked in the sun or sheltered inside crevices.

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Global activists gear up for Pussy Riot rallies

Posted: 08/15/2012 - Friday's rallies will ride a wave of support for the three women who have been in jail for more than five months because of an anti-Putin prank in Moscow's main cathedral.

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Buckingham Palace: Prince Philip taken to hospital

Posted: 08/15/2012 - Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, was admitted to hospital Wednesday with a recurrence of the bladder infection he suffered earlier this summer, Buckingham Palace said.

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Mexico's monarch butterfly reserve stops logging

Posted: 08/15/2012 - Illegal logging has practically been eliminated in the western Mexico wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly, according to a research report released Wednesday.

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