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Syrians Detain 2 Americans During Demonstrations

Posted: 03/26/2011 - Syrian authorities have detained two Americans amid an unprecedented wave of protests in the repressive Middle East nation, relatives and state media said Saturday.

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For William and Kate, 2 Cakes are Better than 1

Posted: 03/26/2011 - Royal wedding plans announced Sunday show an admirable spirit of compromise: The main cake will be a fruity, floral masterwork designed with input from Kate Middleton, but Prince William will get his childhood favorite chocolate biscuit cake too.

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Venezuela's Chavez: Syria's Leader a 'Humanist'

Posted: 03/26/2011 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expressed support for Syria's president on Saturday, calling him a "humanist" and a "brother" facing a wave of violent protests backed by the United States and its allies.

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London's Biggest Protest Since Iraq War in 2003

Posted: 03/26/2011 - More than 250,000 people took to London's streets to protest the toughest spending cuts since World War II - one of the largest demonstrations since the Iraq war - as riot police clashed with a small groups. More than 200 people were arrested.

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China: Japan Crisis Won't Deter Its Nuclear Growth

Posted: 03/25/2011 - A top Chinese official says China has faith in the safety of its nuclear power technology and won't scrap plans to expand its domestic industry because of Japan's crisis.

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Report: 230,000 Displaced By Mexico's Drug War

Posted: 03/25/2011 - About 230,000 people have been displaced in Mexico because of drug violence, and about half of them may have taken refuge in the United States, according to a new study.

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Fighting's Effect on Libya Civilians Remains Murky

Posted: 03/25/2011 - Government-organized trips to a mass funeral, a morgue, and a home officials say was damaged by a bomb have raised more questions than they answer about civilian victims of the fighting in Libya.

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Bahraini Forces Fire Tear Gas at Protesters

Updated: 03/25/2011 - Bahrain's security forces fired tear gas and pellets at anti-government protesters in the Gulf kingdom on Friday after a prominent Shiite cleric vowed that their demands for the Sunni monarchy to loosen its grip on power will not be silenced by "brutal force." One person died, activists said.

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Dangerous Breach Suspected at Japan Nuke Plant

Updated: 03/25/2011 - A suspected breach in the reactor core at one unit of a stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, Japanese officials said Friday, revealing what may prove a major setback in the mission to bring the leaking plant under control.

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China Sentences Democracy Activist To 10 Years

Posted: 03/25/2011 - A Chinese court sentenced a longtime activist to 10 years in prison for inciting subversion Friday over his online articles urging democratic change, a heavy penalty that rights groups say shows China's growing intolerance of criticizing one-party rule.

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Iran Blasts Appointment Of UN Rights Investigator

Posted: 03/25/2011 - Tehran lashed out on Friday at the decision by U.N.'s top human rights body to appoint a special investigator to look into allegations of human rights abuses in Iran, saying the newly created post is "politically motivated" and meant to divert attention from abuses in the United States.

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US Likely to Keep Combat Role After Libya Shift

Posted: 03/24/2011 - The United States welcomed a partial handover for the Libyan air campaign to NATO on Thursday, but the allies apparently balked at assuming full control and the U.S. military was left in charge of the brunt of combat.

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At Least One Dead in 6.8 Earthquake in Myanmar

Updated: 03/24/2011 - A powerful earthquake struck northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night, killing one woman and shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok. No tsunami was generated.

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Religion to Vanish from Some Democracies

Posted: 03/24/2011 - Organized religion will all but vanish from nine Western-style democracies in the future. That's according to a group of mathematicians who analyzed census data over the past century.

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Mexico, Ecuador Bust Transnational Drug Operation

Posted: 03/23/2011 - Mexican authorities detained an in-law of top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who allegedly ran a transnational drug operation that reached as far as Ecuador, federal police said Wednesday.

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Bombing Kills 5 At Police Station In Pakistan

Posted: 03/23/2011 - A suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with explosives into a police station in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing five and wounding more than two dozen people, police said.

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China Renews Push To Ban Smoking Starting May 1

Posted: 03/23/2011 - Chinese health authorities are renewing a push to ban smoking in indoor public places, adding more venues like hotels and restaurants as of May 1, though still excluding many workplaces.

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NATO Ships Patrol Sea; Gadafi Forces Roll Back

Posted: 03/23/2011 - NATO ships patrolled off Libya's coast Wednesday as airstrikes, missiles and energized rebels forced Moammar Gadhafi's tanks to roll back from two key western cities, including one that was the hometown of army officers who tried to overthrow him in 1993.

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Snipers, Shells, Tanks Terrorize Key Libyan City

Posted: 03/22/2011 - Moammar Gadhafi's snipers and tanks are terrorizing civilians in the coastal city of Misrata, a resident said, and the U.S. military warned Tuesday it was "considering all options" in response to dire conditions there that have left people cowering in darkened homes and scrounging for food and rainwater.

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