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Plan To Dump Sediment On Great Barrier Reef OK'd

Posted: 01/30/2014 - The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Friday approved the dumping permit application. The marine authority says strict conditions will be placed on the dredging disposal.

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New Zealand Exports To China Soar 45 Percent

Posted: 01/30/2014 - Figures released Friday by Statistics New Zealand show that China surpassed Australia for the first time on an annual basis as New Zealand's top export market.

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Toronto Mayor Sued Over Alleged Jailhouse Assault

Posted: 01/29/2014 - A lawsuit submitted by Scott MacIntyre alleges the mayor was behind an assault at a Toronto jail in March 2012 that was intended to keep MacIntrye quiet about Ford's abuse of alcohol and drugs.

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Pope Describes When He Learned To Deprive Himself

Posted: 01/29/2014 - The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano on Wednesday published a letter Francis sent to a fellow priest in 1990, in which he recounted all the things he learned during the sixth grade year he spent studying at a Salesian school in his native Buenos Aires.

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Philippine Economy Grows 7.2 Percent In 2013

Posted: 01/29/2014 - Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said Thursday the Philippines posted 6.5 percent growth in gross domestic product in the fourth quarter.

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Mexico Announces Anti-Kidnapping Strategy

Posted: 01/28/2014 - Mexican officials say they are launching a nationwide effort to fight kidnapping, a crime that has risen to epidemic levels across the country and become what officials label a national emergency.

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Nicaragua Approves Unlimited Presidential Terms

Posted: 01/28/2014 - Nicaraguan lawmakers have approved constitutional changes that would allow President Daniel Ortega to be re-elected indefinitely, a move that his critics say is designed to keep the Sandinista leader in power for life.

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Turkish Central Bank Hikes Key Rate to Boost Lira

Posted: 01/28/2014 - Turkey's central bank has raised its key interest rate to 12 percent from 7.75 percent to try to stave off inflation and support the national currency, which has fallen sharply in recent weeks.

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Man of the Year Not Enough? Pope Now SuperPope

Posted: 01/28/2014 - It wasn't enough that Pope Francis was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" or that he fronted this week's Rolling Stone magazine. Now there's SuperPope graffiti sprouting up around the Vatican.

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Fire Consumes Villages in Norway

Posted: 01/28/2014 - Firefighters are struggling to control a blaze in central Norway that has destroyed most of two small villages and forced the evacuation of dozens of residents.

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High-Tech Help to Stop Human-Lion Contact

Posted: 01/27/2014 - Kenyan wildlife authorities are fitting livestock-raiding lions with a collar that alerts rangers when the predators venture out of Nairobi National Park.

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Confirmed Death Toll 14 in Quebec Fire

Posted: 01/27/2014 - Authorities say 14 people are now confirmed dead and that another 18 are missing after fire ripped through a seniors' residence in eastern Quebec last week.

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H1N1 Flu Deaths Hit 123 in Mexico

Posted: 01/27/2014 - Mexico is worried about a spike in the number of H1N1 flu cases and deaths, in the country that was the epicenter of the 2009 outbreak of the strain.

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Southwest Announces First International Destinations

Posted: 01/27/2014 - Southwest Airlines Monday announced a trio of Caribbean beach destinations in time for summer travel planning. The largest carrier of domestic passengers in the U.S. began selling seats on the first-ever scheduled international flights flown by Southwest Airlines.

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Greece Declares Emergency on Quake-Hit Islands

Posted: 01/27/2014 - Greece's government announced emergency relief for the residents of the Ionian islands of Kefalonia and Ithaki on Monday, a day after they were hit by a strong earthquake that caused damage and slightly injured seven people.

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Ivory Coast: Mob Attacks Gay Rights Group Office

Posted: 01/27/2014 - A mob has ransacked the headquarters of Ivory Coast's most prominent gay rights organization, underscoring the dangers confronting such groups even in the few African countries where homosexual acts are not crimes.

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Mexico Nabs Cartel Leader Dionicio Loya Plancarte

Posted: 01/27/2014 - A Mexican official says soldiers and federal police have captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel in Michoacan state, which has seen fighting between the gang and vigilante groups that have sprung over the past year.

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Assad Future Blocks Progress in Syria Peace Talks

Posted: 01/27/2014 - The key issue of a transitional government to replace President Bashar Assad blocked any progress Monday in Syrian peace talks, described by one delegate as "a dialogue of the deaf."

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Tunisia Assembly Passes Democratic Constitution

Posted: 01/26/2014 - Tunisia's National Constitutional Assembly approved the country's landmark post-revolutionary constitution its members have spent the last two years writing by 200 out of 216 votes.

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Roadside Bomb Kills 6 Afghan Civilians

Posted: 01/26/2014 - Authorities say a roadside bomb has killed six civilians and wounded more than a dozen others in southern Afghanistan.

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