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Second Scandal Hits Colombia Military

Posted: 02/17/2014 - Colombia's military has been shaken by scandal for a second time in less than a month. The country's leading newsmagazine says various officers and units received kickbacks of as much as 50 percent on procurement contracts.

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Pope Opens Big Week With Sex, Divorce On Agenda

Posted: 02/17/2014 - Meetings this week between Pope Francis and his cardinals will deal with some of the thorniest issues facing the church, including the rejection by most Catholics of some of its core teaching on premarital sex, contraception, gays and divorce.

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Co-Pilot Hijacks Ethiopian Plane

Posted: 02/17/2014 - Swiss officials say the hijacker of an Ethiopian Airlines plane traveling from the Ethiopian capital to Rome was the plane's co-pilot.

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Japan Economy Grows Lackluster 1 Pct In Oct-Dec

Posted: 02/16/2014 - Japan's economy expanded at a slower-than-expected 1 percent annualized rate in the last quarter of 2013, despite a boom in housing construction and stronger public and private spending.

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On Anniversary, RI Fire Memorial Work Continues

Posted: 02/16/2014 - The group working on a memorial to the 100 people killed by a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire says that it will be built despite sluggish fundraising.

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Renzi Summoned By Italy's President

Posted: 02/16/2014 - Italy's president has summoned Democratic leader Matteo Renzi for a meeting Monday where he is expected to receive the mandate to form a new government.

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4.6 Quake Hits Greek Island

Posted: 02/15/2014 - A strong earthquake, of 4.6 magnitude, has hit the western Greek island of Kephalonia. No damage has been reported.

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Mob Attacks Alleged Gays in Nigerian Capital

Posted: 02/15/2014 - Human rights activists say a mob dragged men accused of being homosexuals from their homes in the Nigerian capital and beat them up with wooden clubs and iron bars.

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UK Cabbie Crushed to Death in Windstorm

Posted: 02/15/2014 - Strong winds that pummeled Britain killed a taxi driver, whose car was crushed by falling chunks of masonry from a building, and an elderly man who died after a "freak wave" struck a cruise ship in the English Channel, officials said Saturday. Another 15 cruise ship passengers were injured.

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Brazil Rationing Water During Drought

Posted: 02/15/2014 - A survey conducted by a leading Brazilian newspaper says more than 100 cities are rationing water amid the worst drought to hit the country in decades.

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Family of Man Who Died at Sea Still Seeks Answers

Posted: 02/15/2014 - The family of a man who died on a fishing boat says they still have unanswered questions after talking to an El Salvadoran castaway who was with him and apparently survived for 13 months at sea.

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Twitter Reports Image-Blocking in Venezuela

Updated: 02/14/2014 - Twitter says Venezuela has blocked images on its service and it offered a workaround for users who want to get tweets via text message on their cellphones.

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Report: Engines Failed on Copter That Hit Pub

Posted: 02/14/2014 - Investigators say a police helicopter that crashed onto a pub in Glasgow, killing 10 people, suffered double engine failure for reasons that remain unclear.

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Indonesia's Mount Kelud Erupts

Posted: 02/13/2014 - An official in Indonesia says thousands of people are being evacuated after Mount Kelud on densely populated Java island erupted.

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Sunni Militants Overtake Part of Iraqi Town

Posted: 02/13/2014 - Sunni insurgents affiliated with an al-Qaida local franchise took over part of a town in northern Iraq on Thursday, compounding the challenge facing the Shiite-led government as it battles for control of a volatile province west of Baghdad.

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Ancient Skeletons Dug Up at Florence's Uffizi

Updated: 02/12/2014 - Work to expand the Uffizi Gallery's exhibit space has unearthed an ancient cemetery with dozens of skeletons archaeologists say might have been victims of the plague or some other epidemic that swept through Florence during the 4th or 5th century.

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