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Lufthansa Flights Resume In Paris After Surprise Walkout

Posted: 12/26/2013 - Lufthansa workers are angry over staffing shortages. A union official says the action got the attention of company managers who showed up at the airport and persuaded staff to return to their posts.

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9 Dead In Siberian Plane Crash

Posted: 12/26/2013 - No casualties were reported among base personnel in the Thursday crash on the outskirts of the Siberian city of Irkutsk.

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39 Killed in Mudslides

Posted: 12/26/2013 - Army troops have been deployed in Espirito Santo state to help distribute food, water and medicine to victims of the floods and mudslides that have punished southeastern Brazil for more than 10 days, killing at least 39 people.

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5 Killed In India Bomb Attack

Posted: 12/26/2013 - A bomb blast in India's northeast on Thursday killed at least five people and wounded another six, police said. Officer Bani Brata Basu said the explosion occurred near Jalpaiguri, a town nearly 700 kilometers (440 miles) north of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state.

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50,000 Civilians Seek Refuge in Sudan

Posted: 12/26/2013 - The U.N. special representative to South Sudan says she expects some military reinforcements and critically needed equipment to arrive in 48 hours to strengthen efforts to protect more than 50,000 civilians seeking refuge at U.N. bases.

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70 Injured by Carnivorous Fish

Updated: 12/26/2013 - An attack by a school of carnivorous fish has injured 70 people bathing in an Argentine river, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes.

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Death Toll in Brazilian Flooding Rises to 32

Posted: 12/25/2013 - Civil defense officials say the death toll in the floods and mudslides caused by heavy downpours in two states in southeastern Brazil has risen to 32. More than 50,000 have been forced to leave their homes.

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Al-Qaida Leader Targeting UN Workers

Posted: 12/25/2013 - Iraqi intelligence officials say that the shadowy leader of a powerful al-Qaida group fighting in Syria has sought to kidnap United Nations workers.

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Iran Lawmakers Introduce Uranium-Enrichment Bill

Posted: 12/25/2013 - Iran's state television broadcaster is reporting that some 100 lawmakers have introduced a bill that would force the government to increase uranium enrichment to 60 percent if new sanctions are imposed on the Islamic Republic.

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Activists, Journalist Beaten in Ukraine Amid Unrest

Posted: 12/25/2013 - A prominent Ukrainian civic activist and journalist was brutally beaten outside Kiev Wednesday, the latest in a string of attacks on activists and opposition members amid weeks of protests calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych and his Cabinet.

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Russia Grants $2 Billion Loan to Belarus

Posted: 12/25/2013 - President Vladimir Putin says that Russia will provide its ex-Soviet neighbor and ally Belarus with $2 billion in loans next year.

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Deadly Bombings Target Christians in Iraq

Posted: 12/25/2013 - Two deadly Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad have targeted Christian areas of the city. More than three dozen people were killed and nearly 60 people were wounded.

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3 Turkish Cabinet Ministers Resign Over Probe

Posted: 12/25/2013 - Three Cabinet ministers resigned in Turkey on Wednesday, days after their sons were taken into custody in a sweeping corruption and bribery scandal that has targeted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's allies in one of the worst political crises of his more than 10 years in power.

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Pope's Christmas Wish: Hope for a Better World

Updated: 12/25/2013 - Pope Francis is wishing for a better world, with peace for the land of Jesus' birth, for Syria and Africa, as well as for the dignity of migrants and refugees fleeing misery and conflict.

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Al-Qaida-Linked Group Claims Egypt Police Attack

Posted: 12/25/2013 - An al-Qaida-inspired group based in Egypt's Sinai has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of the police headquarters in a Nile Delta city that killed 16 people the day before.

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Crowds Gather In Bethlehem For Christmas

Posted: 12/24/2013 - Hundreds of tourists packed the town's Manger Square to enjoy the cool, sunny weather ahead of celebrations on Tuesday evening. The nearby Church of the Nativity sits on the spot where tradition says Jesus was born.

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Pope Carries Baby Jesus Statue On Christmas Eve

Posted: 12/24/2013 - Keeping with the theme of humility he has set for his new papacy, Francis carried the statue instead of an aide, and kissed a knee of the figure of the newly born Jesus.

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Uruguay President Mujica Signs Marijuana Law

Posted: 12/24/2013 - Presidential secretary Diego Canepa told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Mujica signed it Monday night, the last formal step before the law could take effect.

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Spain King: Millions Need Unemployment Relief

Posted: 12/24/2013 - The 75-year-old monarch says a big effort is needed to jumpstart the Spanish economy because "we cannot accept as normal the anguish of the millions of Spaniards who do not have work."

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UN Increases Troops In South Sudan To 12,500

Posted: 12/24/2013 - To reach the new levels, the council authorized the temporary transfer of troops, police and equipment from U.N. missions in Congo, Darfur, Abyei, Ivory Coast and Liberia.

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