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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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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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