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Syria's Assad appoints new security officials

Posted: 07/24/2012 - A Syrian government official says President Bashar Assad has named five officials to top security posts in a reshuffle of the regime's inner circle.

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UK: PM's ex-aide charged in hacking scandal

Posted: 07/24/2012 - British authorities on Tuesday charged an ex-aide to the British prime minister, a former protege of media mogul Rupert Murdoch and six others in the ever-widening phone hacking scandal.

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Short Arctic night a challenge for fasting Muslims

Posted: 07/24/2012 - It's a question facing a small but growing number of Muslims celebrating the holy month of Ramadan on the northern tip of Europe, where the the sun barely dips below the horizon at this time of year.

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Italian mayors slam spending cuts

Posted: 07/24/2012 - Mayors from across Italy, holding up flags and wearing their tricolor sashes, demonstrated in front of the Italian Senate on Tuesday against spending cuts planned by the government.

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Hoots in parliament: France mulls harassment law

Posted: 07/24/2012 - The same French Assembly on Tuesday is expected to take up a new law on sexual harassment, more than two months after a court struck down the previous statute, saying it was too vague and failed to protect women

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China dubs tiny island new city in sea claim bid

Posted: 07/24/2012 - China's newest city is a tiny and remote island in the South China Sea, barely large enough to host a single airstrip. There is a post office, bank, supermarket and a hospital, but little else.

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5 reasons for Spain's colossal economic troubles

Posted: 07/24/2012 - Repeated efforts since 2009 by successive governments to fix the country's problems have only managed to undermine confidence in the fourth-largest economy among the 17 nations that use the euro.

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India frets over delayed monsoon damaging crops

Posted: 07/24/2012 - Cracked earth. Failing harvests. Drying streams and sinking hopes. Indians have grown increasingly desperate waiting for the long-delayed deluge of this year's monsoon.

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Syria says will use chemical weapons if attacked

Posted: 07/23/2012 - The Syrian regime threatened Monday to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first ever acknowledgement that it possesses weapons of mass destruction.

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Iraq attacks kill 106 in deadliest day in 2 years

Posted: 07/23/2012 - The coordinated attacks in 15 cities sent a chilling warning that al-Qaida is slowly resurging in the security vacuum created by a weak government in Baghdad and the departure of the U.S. military.

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Minister: Bulgaria bomb won't stop Israeli travel

Posted: 07/23/2012 - The suicide bombing that killed six people, five of them Israelis, in a Bulgarian seaside resort will not stop Israelis from traveling wherever they wish, a government minister from the Jewish state said.

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Egypt allowing Palestinians freer entry

Posted: 07/23/2012 - Egypt is allowing freer entry for Palestinians into the country in an unprecedented move that eases long-imposed travel restrictions, particularly on Gazans, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said Monday.

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King: Jordan tightens border with Syria

Posted: 07/23/2012 - Jordan's king has announced that security along the country's northern frontier has been tightened, but Syrian refugees fleeing violence will still be allowed to enter, officials said Monday.

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London Olympics mascots: menacing or magic?

Posted: 07/23/2012 - The official mascots of London's Olympic and Paralympic Games have been called strange and frightening, but organizers are hoping to tack on a more positive title: merchandising magic.

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82 killed in Iraq's deadliest day this year

Updated: 07/23/2012 - An onslaught of bombings and shootings killed 82 people across Iraq on Monday, officials said, in the nation's deadliest day so far this year.

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Syrian troops seize Damascus neighborhood

Posted: 07/20/2012 - Syrian troops and tanks on Friday drove rebels from a Damascus neighborhood where some of the heaviest of this week's fighting in the capital left cars gutted and fighters' bodies in the streets.

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