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Kerry Says Syria Action Would Be 'Unbelievably Small'

Monday, September 09, 2013

While making the case for striking Syria, the secretary of state also tried to reassure Americans and U.S. allies that the effort won't draw the nation into another war. His choice of words is getting attention.

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Talk Turns To Getting Assad To Give Up His Chemical Weapons

Monday, September 09, 2013

Russia's foreign minister says he has told his Syrian counterpart that one way to head off a U.S. strike could be to hand over control of those weapons to international watchdogs. The Assad regime has reportedly welcomed the suggestion. The White House says any turnover has to be verifiable.

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Found At Sea: 30 Tons Of Hashish, On Fire

Monday, September 09, 2013

Crew members set the fire to get rid of their cargo, according to officials in Italy and Malta. Authorities had approached the Gold Star, a Tanzania-registered ship, for an inspection Friday afternoon.

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Strike On Syria: Meaningless Gesture Or Necessary Response?

Monday, September 09, 2013

If the U.S. does not take action, Syrian President Bashar Assad will use chemical weapons "again and again," U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power says. But Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., sees "no direct security threat" to the U.S. or its allies. The debate is building to votes in Congress.

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The Takeaway

NATO Breaks Silence on Syria | Back To School in Philadelphia, Minus the Budget | Wall Street & The Role of Women

Monday, September 09, 2013

NATO Breaks Silence on Syria | A Syrian-American's Case for Intervention | Five Years After the Financial Collapse, Is the Economy Still at Risk? | Back To School in Philadelphia, Minus the Budget | Wall Street & The Role of Women

Syria Developments: Debate In Washington; Assad Speaks To Rose

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has talked about the looming threat of a U.S. military strike in an interview with CBS News' Charlie Rose. Officials in the U.S. and its allies are debating how to respond to the conflict in Syria.

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Police Challenge Prince Andrew During Walk At Palace

Sunday, September 08, 2013

For Prince Andrew, a stroll in the garden of Buckingham Palace turned into a confrontation with police, after officers ordered the prince to show ID. "We are grateful to the duke for his understanding," police say in apology.

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Wrestling Gets A New Hold On Olympics, Avoids Being Cut

Sunday, September 08, 2013

In a vote held Sunday, the International Olympic Committee chose wrestling over squash and a combined bid from baseball and softball to be part of the 2020 and 2024 Olympics. Wrestling had been eliminated from the permanent roster of sports earlier this year.

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France Leads Europe In Hunting, Newspaper Says

Sunday, September 08, 2013

French sports fans are known for their love of soccer. But according to Le Figaro, the country's "second sport" is hunting. The newspaper cites statistics from the National Federation of Hunters, which says that among all European countries, France has the most hunters.

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Tokyo Will Host The 2020 Summer Olympics, Beating Out Istanbul

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, the IOC said in an announcement that was streamed live Saturday. Tokyo won 60 votes in the final round, to Istanbul's 36.

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Pope Francis Leads Vigil Calling For Peace In Syrian Crisis

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Pope Francis is leading a mass prayer vigil in St. Peter's Square Saturday night, building on his calls to avoid violence in the escalating conflict over Syria. Tens of thousands of people have come to the Vatican on what the pontiff has declared a day of fasting and prayer in the name of peace.

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NASA Lunar Orbiter Solves Snag After Successful Launch

Saturday, September 07, 2013

The LADEE spacecraft, which began its trip to the moon last night in a launch on Virginia's coast, ran into some mechanical problems, NASA says. But officials say the robotic probe remains on track to reach the moon next month.

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EU Nations Join To Blame Syria, But Not To Support An Attack

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Despite Secretary of State John Kerry's call to support military strikes after an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime, members of the European Union say diplomacy should be the priority.

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In Australian Vote, Prime Minister Concedes To Abbott

Saturday, September 07, 2013

The Liberal-National coalition secured enough support to name Tony Abbott Australia's new prime minister, in an election that ends six years of Labor rule.

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Top Afghan Militant Reportedly Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

Friday, September 06, 2013

Pakistani intelligence officials say Sangeen Zadran, a commander of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network, was killed in North Waziristan.

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Job Applicants Made To Dance: 'Like A Scene Out Of The Office'

Friday, September 06, 2013

One job seeker up for a sales job at a U.K. electronics firm tells of "doing rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers."

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Deep In The Pacific, Scientists Discover Biggest Volcano On Earth

Friday, September 06, 2013

Tamu Massif, first thought to be perhaps dozens of individual volcanoes, turns out to be just one — but it's really big. It's about the size of New Mexico.

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Dutch Court Rules Government Liable For 3 Srebrenica Deaths

Friday, September 06, 2013

The victims' families had argued that Dutch peacekeepers should have protected the Bosnian Muslim men, but the government maintained the soldiers were serving the U.N. The Netherlands said Friday it would implement the ruling, which upheld a lower court decision from two years ago.

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Hitler's Last Bodyguard Dies; Was With The Fuhrer In Bunker

Friday, September 06, 2013

Rochus Misch was 96. Throughout his life, he remained loyal to the man he called "the boss." Misch claimed he did not know about the scale of the crimes and atrocities committed by German Nazis.

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The Takeaway

America: War Weary & Wary of Syria

Friday, September 06, 2013

President Barack Obama has invited a national debate over American intervention in Syria. To get a sense of how Americans across the nation feel, The Takeaway welcomes three guests for a roundtable discussion: Ben Philpott, host of Agenda Texas for KUT in Austin; Craig Fahle, host of The Craig Fahle Show on WDET in Detroit; and Ben Allen, a reporter for KOSU Radio in Oklahoma City.

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