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Pope Francis Says He'll Visit Holy Land In May

Sunday, January 05, 2014

He made the announcement Sunday while giving his weekly blessing at the Vatican. The trip would be the pope's second foreign trip, following his visit to Brazil in July 2013.

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Israel's Sharon Fights For Life, But Doctors 'Pessimistic'

Sunday, January 05, 2014

The head of the hospital where Ariel Sharon is being treated says the former Israeli prime minister is "fighting like a lion," but his condition is still critical. The 85-year-old has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in 2006.

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U.S. Icebreaker On The Way To Rescue Ships Trapped In Antarctic

Sunday, January 05, 2014

The Polar Star, a Coast Guard cutter, is expected to take seven days to reach the 123 crew members still stuck on the Russian and Chinese vessels. Meanwhile, the 52 scientists and paying passengers who were trapped aboard the Russian vessel are on their way home.

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At Least 20 Dead In Baghdad Blasts; Fighting In Anbar Continues

Sunday, January 05, 2014

A wave of blasts in the capital targeted Shiite areas. The attacks come as Sunni militants step up their campaign against the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Qaida-linked militants have taken over parts of Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar province.

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'No One Controls Fallujah,' Which U.S. Soldiers Fought To Free

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Al-Qaida fighters are attacking police stations and local officials. Sunni militias, who have battled al-Qaida in the past, are exerting themselves in other parts of the city. Government forces have pulled back, allowing freedom of movement for fighters from all sides.

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Wait Is Over For Antarctic Explorers: They Can Head Home

Saturday, January 04, 2014

One day after being told the ship they're now on might have to assist another stranded vessel, the explorers have been told their trip can continue. The stranded icebreaker says it is not in distress and can wait for conditions to improve.

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Did Kim Jong Un Feed His Uncle To 120 Dogs? Be Skeptical

Friday, January 03, 2014

A gruesome story that first surfaced weeks ago is now whipping around the world. But there are many reasons to be doubtful about the claim that Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed by throwing him to a pack of starving dogs.

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In Israel, Ariel Sharon's Family Gathers At His Bedside

Friday, January 03, 2014

The former prime minister has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in 2006. This week, doctors said his condition has worsened. Sharon is 85.

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Newspapers: 'Whistle-Blower' Snowden Deserves Clemency

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The New York Times and Britain's The Guardian have published editorials saying accused spy Edward Snowden has sparked an important debate about the proper limits of electronic surveillance.

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Chinese Balloonist Rescued At Sea By Japanese Coast Guard

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The pilot was apparently trying to reach a chain of islands in the East China Sea that is claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo.

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Warring South Sudan Factions Arrive In Ethiopia For Peace Talks

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The talks in Ethiopia will focus on a cease-fire, as well as political prisoners and the 2015 presidential elections. But the fighting in the world's newest country continued even as delegates gathered.

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Michael Schumacher Remains In Coma On Eve Of 45th Birthday

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The race car legend fell while skiing in France on Sunday. A blow to his head caused extensive bleeding in his brain. Doctors induced a coma and have operated twice. They aren't talking publicly about his chances for recovery.

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As Promised, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Files For Re-Election

Thursday, January 02, 2014

He admitted in November to having smoked crack, and Ford has been stripped of most duties. But he insists he's the best mayor Canada's largest city has ever had. The election is set for Oct. 27. The mayor's campaign slogan: "Ford More Years."

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Accident Or Not? Palestinian Diplomat's Death Is A Mystery

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic was killed Wednesday by an explosion at his home in Prague. At first, officials said he may have triggered a bomb meant to explode only if a safe was tampered with. But other officials are disputing that account.

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VIDEO: Stranded Passengers Flown To Safety In Antarctic

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The 52 scientists and paying passengers aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy had been stranded by ice since Christmas Eve. They've been flown by helicopter to an Australian ship in open waters. The 22 crew members of the Akademik Shokalskiy are staying behind. It's hoped the ship will soon break free.

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Health Worsens

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The 85-year-old Sharon has been in a coma since 2006, when a massive stroke incapacitated him.

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New Year's Eve: Dubai Puts On A Record-Setting Fireworks Show

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Organizers of what is expected to be certified as the world's largest fireworks display ever put on a show in Dubai that was seen by thousands Tuesday, as viewers turned out to celebrate the new year and watch a huge spectacle.

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Lost Images Come To Life A Century After Antarctic Expedition

Monday, December 30, 2013

Conservators have recovered and processed a clump of 22 negatives taken during Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition to the South Pole.

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Al-Qaida's Receipts: From 60-Cent Cake To A $6,800 Workshop

Monday, December 30, 2013

Receipts left behind in Timbuktu show how the terrorist network tracks its expenses, The Associated Press reports. From minor amounts spent on food to much more spent on meetings, al-Qaida records expenses much like a multinational corporation would, the wire service says.

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VIDEO: Volcano Erupts In El Salvador, Ash And Gas Soar

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Chaparrastique volcano blew for the first time in 37 years, producing a cloud that rose as much as six miles into the air. Airlines canceled many flight into and out of the country. While things are calmer today, gases are still rising from the volcano.

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