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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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Glimpse into underground sect that shocked Russia

Posted: 08/14/2012 - Authorities spoke of a creepy cult living in an "eight-level ant house" dug deep into the ground, where children were kept in unheated cells and starved of daylight. A visit to the compound suggests a more ordinary reality.

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Egypt military signals support for president

Posted: 08/13/2012 - Egypt's military signaled its acquiescence Monday to the president's surprise decision to retire the defense minister and chief of staff and retake powers that the nation's top generals grabbed from his office.

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Flaws in Norway massacre response uncovered

Posted: 08/13/2012 - A year after a far-right militant's bomb and gun attacks exposed flaws in Norway's terror preparedness, police are being criticized for failing to improve their ability to stop a gunman bent on inflicting mass casualties.

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Israel plunged into unprecedented debate about war

Posted: 08/13/2012 - With Israeli politicians warning repeatedly that Iran is secretly pursuing nuclear weapons, this question has spawned an unprecedented amount of agonizing even in a country accustomed to war and incessant debate.

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Iran villages in rubble as quake death toll rises

Posted: 08/13/2012 - Iran Monday raised its earthquake death toll to 306, a day after rescuers called off the search for survivors from the rubble of their homes in the country's northwest, state media reported.

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Syrian troops bomb rebel positions in Aleppo

Posted: 08/10/2012 - The relentless violence triggered a fresh wave of civilians streaming across the border into neighboring Turkey to escape the civil war in their country

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Mass of volcanic rocks floating off New Zealand

Posted: 08/10/2012 - The stretch of golf-ball-size pumice rocks was first spotted this week by a New Zealand air force plane about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) northeast of Auckland.

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Ramadan fast-dodgers indulge in secret

Posted: 08/10/2012 - They include Muslims ambivalent about their faith or outright atheists, nicotine addicts too hooked to quit for 15 hours straight or those who simply don't want to deal with a day of being hungry.

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