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South Sudan Signs Cease-Fire With Rebels

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The agreement is aimed at ending five weeks of bloodshed that has claimed more than 10,000 lives. It is hoped the deal is a first step toward a broader peace agreement in the world's newest country.

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Twin Toilets In Sochi: Some Wonder Why That's A Big Deal

Thursday, January 23, 2014

It's a picture that's been swirling around the Web: side-by-side toilets in the men's room at one of the Winter Olympics sites in Russia. Should overly sensitive sorts just calm down? Or is this a symbol of an Olympics where much of the money has been figuratively flushed?

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Many Missing After Massive Fire At Seniors' Home In Quebec

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Flames tore through a seniors' residence early Thursday in a town about 280 miles northeast of Montreal. At least three people were killed. Early reports from officials on the scene indicated that as many as 30 more people had not been accounted for in the hours immediately after the blaze.

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In Ukraine, Protesters Warn They'll Go 'On The Attack'

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Clashes with security forces turned deadly Wednesday. Two demonstrators were reportedly shot and killed. The body of another was later found. Protesters have been demanding that President Viktor Yanukovych hold early elections. They've given him one more day to agree.

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Online Donors Send Jamaican Bobsled Team To Sochi

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

After word spread that Jamaica's two-man bobsled team had qualified for the Olympics but didn't have money to go to Russia, Internet donors stepped in — even contributing in Dogecoin, the peculiar digital currency.

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New Delhi's 'Agitator' Administrator Ends Unusual Protest

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Newly elected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led a two-day sit-in to protest alleged inaction by the city's police force, which is controlled by the national government. The protest ended with a stitched-together deal that's been called more of a climb-down than a compromise.

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Watch: Canadian PM Belts Out 'Hey Jude' During Visit To Israel

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Stephen Harper serenaded the Israeli prime minister and his wife during his first visit to the country.

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Hopping Mad: Rabbit In Mandela Statue's Ear Is On Burrowed Time

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Two South African sculptors who were refused permission to engrave their signatures on the giant statue of Nelson Mandela came up with a novel solution: They hid a bronze rabbit in the statue's ear. Now, they have to remove the addition.

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Antarctic Travelers Who Got Stuck In Ice Finally Get Home

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The 52 scientists and paying passengers were aboard a ship that got stuck in the ice on Christmas Eve. It was about 10 days before they were helicoptered to another ship nearby. Who will pay the $2 million or so it cost to rescue the group? That's being negotiated.

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'Accusations And Acrimony' At Start Of Talks On Syria

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Syria's foreign minister said the opposition is made up of traitors. The opposition's delegate asked the world "who do you believe?" Secretary of State John Kerry laid the blame for civilians' deaths at the feet of the Assad regime. Prospects for progress appear to be dim.

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Om My: Chinese Buddha Booted Over Booty

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A restaurateur in the Chinese city of Jinan wanted to advertise a dish so good that the Buddha himself scaled walls for a taste, so the owner put up giant sculptures of naked Buddhas climbing over the restaurant. Not everyone was amused.

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Japanese Government Defends Dolphin Hunt As Killing Goes On

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The "drive hunt" by fishermen in one village is "a form of traditional fishing," a government spokesman says. Dolphins are trapped. Some are selected for sale to marine parks. Others are killed for meat. Thirty died Tuesday. Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador, called the practice inhumane.

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Ukraine Tracks Protesters Through Cellphones Amid Clashes

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

People with cell phones who were in the vicinity of violent protests in Kiev reportedly received this disturbing text message from the government: "Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance."

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Report Details Alleged 'Systematic' Killing By Syria's Assad

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The report by three former war crimes prosecutors is based on what are said to be thousands of photographs of dead prisoners that allegedly were smuggled out by a Syrian defector. The revelation comes just ahead of Syrian peace talks set to begin in Switzerland.

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Hunt Is On For At Least One 'Black Widow' In Sochi

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Russian security forces are reportedly searching for at least one young woman who may be intending to set off a suicide bomb. She's said to be the widow of an Islamic insurgent. Meanwhile, the U.S. will have warships in the Black Sea in case evacuations are necessary during the Winter Olympics.

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New Zealand Quake Shakes Eagle Sculpture From Airport Perch

Monday, January 20, 2014

The giant bird was being used to promote The Hobbit film trilogy, which was shot in the Pacific nation. Authorities say no one was hurt when it came crashing down during a 6.3-magnitude temblor.

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Oxfam: World's Richest 1 Percent Control Half Of Global Wealth

Monday, January 20, 2014

The relief organization says the wealthiest 85 people own the same proportion as the planet's poorest 3.5 billion people. And Oxfam says it fears that growing income inequality will lead to social unrest.

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Rosetta Space Probe Gets Interplanetary Wake-Up Call

Monday, January 20, 2014

The European comet-chaser has been in hibernation for nearly three years in an effort to conserve power. It is due for an August rendezvous with 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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U.S., EU Lift Some Iran Sanctions After Assurances On Uranium

Monday, January 20, 2014

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency report that Tehran has halted the highest level of uranium enrichment, a key part of the sanctions deal reached earlier this month.

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U.N. Rescinds Offer For Iran To Take Part In Syrian Peace Talks

Monday, January 20, 2014

The main group opposing the Assad regime had issued an ultimatum saying it would pull out unless the invitation to Tehran was revoked.

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