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Syrian Coalition Votes To Attend Geneva Peace Talks

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ahmad Jarba, the president of the Syrian Coalition, said this was "a major step from tyranny to freedom for the people of Syria."

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Dissenters Pushed Aside, Egyptian Voters Approve New Constitution

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The charter increases the power of institutions crucial in the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi. The vote was marked by many irregularities as well as voter intimidation.

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India Reels Over Sudden Death Of Official's Wife

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sunanda Pushkar's death was preceded by a very public Twitter feud about an alleged affair by her husband.

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Ukraine's President Approves Anti-Protest Law

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The new law prohibits almost any type of demonstration. The opposition has vowed to fight, calling for a big protest on Sunday.

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IMF, UN Staff Among 21 Killed In Kabul Restaurant Attack

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A suicide attack at a Kabul restaurant popular with foreign nationals killed at least 21 people on Friday, including a senior official with the International Monetary Fund and four United Nations employees.

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Pope Benedict Reportedly Defrocked Hundreds Of Priests For Abuse

Friday, January 17, 2014

The defrockings reportedly took place before the election of Pope Francis in March of 2013. The data was reportedly collected to help church officials testify before a U.N. panel.

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India Unveils Handgun For Women After Much-Publicized Rapes

Friday, January 17, 2014

The .32-caliber weapon comes amid a spate of reports about rapes in the country. The gun is named for the victim of a 2012 gang rape and murder in New Delhi. But reaction to the Nirbheek has been mixed.

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Japanese Soldier Who Fought On For 29 Years After WWII Dies

Friday, January 17, 2014

For nearly three decades, until 1974, Lt. Hiroo Onoda lived in a Philippine jungle. During those years he continued to battle with villagers. As many as 30 people were killed. It wasn't until his former commander ordered Onoda to lay down his arms that he surrendered. Onoda died Thursday. He was 91.

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NSA Reportedly Collected Millions Of Phone Texts Every Day

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A presentation slide cited by The Guardian is subtitled "SMS Text Messages: A Goldmine to Exploit." The top secret Dishfire text-collection program was reportedly both global and arbitrary.

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Five Changes To The NSA You Might Hear In Obama's Speech

Thursday, January 16, 2014

We look at some of the pros and cons of changes to U.S. policy on electronic surveillance that the president might endorse.

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Egyptian Voters Said To Overwhelmingly Back New Constitution

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Unofficial results say more than 95 percent of voters approved the document. The results are seen as a boost to the military government and Army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is widely expected to seek Egypt's presidency. The Muslim Brotherhood boycotted this week's vote.

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Photos May Show Marines Burning Iraqis' Bodies

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Marine Corps is looking into images obtained by the entertainment website TMZ. They appear to show U.S. Marines burning the corpses of Iraqi fighters during the 2004 battles in Fallujah.

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Vatican Comes Under U.N. Scrutiny Over Priest Abuse Scandal

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Committee on the Rights of the Child takes church officials to task for their handling of sex abuse allegations, saying the Holy See must "take all appropriate measures" to keep children safe.

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Reports Of New Video Showing U.S. Soldier Held In Afghanistan

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

U.S. officials have reportedly received a new "proof-of-life" video of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the first to emerge in years.

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U.S. Official: Afghanistan Could Become 'Narco-Criminal State'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Despite a $7 billion effort to rid the country of opium production, more land than ever before is being used for the illicit trade, says John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Bipartisan Report Calls Benghazi Attacks 'Preventable'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee points to a failure by the State Department to provide adequate security. The panel also says that some members of Congress have mischaracterized the Obama administration's statements in the days immediately after the 2012 attacks.

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$500M From Kuwait Among Pledges For Syrians Affected By War

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Donor nations gathered in Kuwait City pledged tens of millions for those displaced by the more than 2-year-old civil war. The U.S. pledged $380 million, but Secretary of State John Kerry urged a political solution to the conflict.

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Piracy On High Seas At Lowest Level In 6 Years, Report Says

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The International Maritime Bureau says there has been a 40 percent drop in piracy worldwide since 2011, and that much of the drop was due to fewer attacks off the Somali coast.

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Danish Tourist Reportedly Gang-Raped, Robbed In New Delhi

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The attack in the heart of the city is the latest bringing global focus to sexual violence in India. Police say the 51-year-old woman had asked for directions from a group of men, who lured her to a secluded place and then robbed, beat and sexually assaulted her at knife-point.

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NSA Reportedly Can Monitor 100,000 Computers Worldwide

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Circuit boards and USB cards were implanted surreptitiously in the computers when they were shipped overseas from the manufacturers, The New York Times reports. The program, called Quantum, allows intelligence agencies to alter data and insert malware.

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