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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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Grenades at Afghan mosque, bicycle bomb injure 23

Posted: 08/15/2012 - Nearly two dozen Afghan civilians were wounded on Wednesday when two grenades exploded inside a mosque compound and a bicycle bomb blew up in a city market, officials said.

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Bombs kill at least 46 in deadly Afghanistan day

Posted: 08/14/2012 - Suicide attacks involving as many as 14 bombers struck an Afghan city Tuesday, and a motorcycle bomb exploded in a busy market in blasts that killed at least 46 people altogether.

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Syrian premier who defected: Regime near collapse

Posted: 08/14/2012 - The Syrian prime minister who defected said Tuesday that Bashar Assad's regime was near collapse and urged other leaders to tip the scales and join the rebel side.

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Europe on the edge of recession

Posted: 08/14/2012 - Europe is edging closer to recession, dragged down by the crippling debt problems of the 17 countries that use the euro, official figures showed Tuesday.

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Hungary far-right leader discovers Jewish roots

Posted: 08/14/2012 - As a rising star in Hungary's far-right Jobbik Party, Csanad Szegedi was notorious for his incendiary comments on Jews. Then came the that the ultra-nationalist standard-bearer: Szegedi himself is a Jew.

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US, UN concerned over corrupt Somali transition

Posted: 08/14/2012 - The U.S. Embassy said in a statement Tuesday that it shares the concerns of the African Union and U.N. over "multiple credible reports of intimidation and corruption" in the selection of the country's new parliament.

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Environmentalists warn of risks of Arctic drilling

Posted: 08/14/2012 - Environmental activists warned Tuesday that drilling for oil in the Russian Arctic could have disastrous consequences because of a lack of technology and infrastructure to deal with a possible spill

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Riot engulfs troubled French district in north

Posted: 08/14/2012 - Months of tension between police and young people in a troubled district of northern France exploded on Tuesday, with dozens of youths facing off against riot officers in a night of violence.

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Russian goes from jail to pro soccer in Chile

Posted: 08/14/2012 - For Maxim Molokoedov, it's a taste of temporary freedom after almost three years in prison — and a renewed shot at a professional soccer career that seemed to have been cut short.

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