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France's Total buys stakes in Iraqi Kurdish oil

Posted: 07/31/2012 - Houston-based Marathon said Tuesday's deal will give Total a 35 percent stake in the Harir and Safen blocks, while cutting its own interest in the blocks to 45 percent.

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Wife of UK terrorism suspect also faces charge

Posted: 07/31/2012 - The pregnant wife of a British Muslim convert accused of traveling to Pakistan for terrorism training has also been charged with a terrorism-related offense, her lawyer said Tuesday.

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Russia blogger charged as Kremlin widens crackdown

Posted: 07/31/2012 - Russian authorities charged Alexei Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics, with theft on Tuesday, threatening him with a 10-year prison sentenc

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Italy, France affirm euro support amid crisis

Posted: 07/31/2012 - The Italian and French leaders are affirming their support for strengthening the eurozone, after a lunch meeting in Paris to discuss the continent's economic crisis.

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Electricity grids fail across half of India

Posted: 07/31/2012 - India's energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for hours.

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370M Indians swelter in heat after power fails

Posted: 07/30/2012 - Northern India's power grid crashed Monday, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals and airports to use backup generators and leaving 370 million people sweltering in the summer heat.

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Geithner meeting German finance minister, Draghi

Posted: 07/30/2012 - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is to meet his German counterpart and the head of the European Central Bank following a flurry of pledges to save the euro that raised expectations of decisive action soon.

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A glance at trial of feminist anti-Putin rockers

Posted: 07/30/2012 - Three Russian feminist rockers rejected charges of hooliganism for performing a "punk prayer" in Moscow's main cathedral against Vladimir Putin's return as president as a trial against them opened in earnest

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Tunisia: Hardline Islam threatens democracy gains

Posted: 07/30/2012 - In the birthplace of the Arab Spring, the transition from dictatorship to democracy has been mostly smoother than in neighboring countries, with no power-hungry military or armed militias to stifle the process.

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Train fire kills 32 in southern India; dozens hurt

Posted: 07/30/2012 - A fire swept through a train car packed with sleeping passengers in southern India on Monday, killing at least 32 people and sending panicked survivors rushing for the only clear exit

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Israel's Barak sees no threat of chemical attack

Posted: 07/30/2012 - Israel's defense minister, in an apparent allusion to Syria, says that no country in the world would "dare" to attack the Jewish state with chemical weapons.

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Romney comments at fundraiser outrage Palestinians

Posted: 07/30/2012 - Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders.

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UN worries showdown in Aleppo could be imminent

Posted: 07/27/2012 - Syrian rebels have made a run on the country's two biggest cities, Aleppo and Damascus, since last week. Regime forces have responded with overwhelming firepower.

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UN official: Assad regime could crumble soon

Posted: 07/27/2012 - The U.N.'s outgoing chief observer in Syria said Friday it's just a matter of time before President Bashar Assad's regime crumbles, but that the violence of the civil war could worsen if Syria uses the full force of its military.

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Tough EU stance? It's in Germany's culture

Posted: 07/27/2012 - The German economy is so reliant on cash for transactions small and big, a way to ensure you don't spend more than you have, that Germany pushed hard for the €500 note to replace its popular 1,000 mark bill

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Rude surprise: French fed up with own incivility

Posted: 07/27/2012 - It seems the French themselves, who over centuries have turned rudeness into an art form, have become fed up with their own incivility, according to recent polls and publicity campaigns.

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Bo's wife, aide face closely managed China trial

Posted: 07/27/2012 - Gu's legal proceedings could be under way in as little as 10 days, with an outcome likely to remove her from the public eye, at least, and that could even result in her execution.

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Sudanese struggle to ignite their own uprising

Posted: 07/27/2012 - "I think my country Sudan has really hit rock bottom." Those were the last public words uttered by Usamah Mohamad, a 32-year-old Sudanese web developer-turned-citizen journalist,

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British man wins 'Twitter threat' appeal

Posted: 07/27/2012 - A British man on Friday won a High Court challenge of his conviction for tweeting that he would blow up an airport if his flight was canceled, a ruling that had made him an Internet free speech cause celebre.

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