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Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

Wed Jul 30, 2014

Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. Full Story

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Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

Mon Jul 28, 2014

A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela. Full Story

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Argentina fights with debt holdouts; default nears

Wed Jul 30, 2014

Argentina risks financial default unless it reaches an agreement with a group of holdout bondholders by Wednesday. Here are the issues at stake: Full Story

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St. Petersburg airport briefly evacuated

Tue Jul 29, 2014

The Pulkovo airport in Russia's St. Petersburg was briefly evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat. Full Story

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Strong quake shakes Mexico's Gulf coast

Tue Jul 29, 2014

A strong earthquake shook much of eastern Mexico on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage or injury. Full Story

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Lonely Londoners looking to open up to strangers

Tue Jul 29, 2014

It's a typical urban routine: Sit on the subway, headphones in, fiddling with the smartphone to avoid eye contact with fellow passengers. Full Story

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BP warns of impact of Russia sanctions on profits

Tue Jul 29, 2014

Energy company BP warned Tuesday that further international sanctions on Russia could hurt its profits because of its stake in the country's oil giant, Rosneft. Full Story

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Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin

Wed Jul 30, 2014

A powerful cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. It was the latest attack targeting Afghan power brokers and government officials as insurgents and political factions struggle for power ahead of the withdrawal of foreign combat forces by the end of this year. Full Story

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UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

Tue Jul 29, 2014

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. Full Story

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Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

Tue Jul 29, 2014

Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. Full Story

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Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

Mon Jul 28, 2014

Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. Full Story

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New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

Tue Jul 29, 2014

No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to man. Full Story

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Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

Tue Jul 29, 2014

Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police team from reaching the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed. Full Story

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Spanish, Catalonia leaders meet on secession push

Wed Jul 30, 2014

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the economically powerful Catalonia region held a crucial face-to-face meeting Wednesday in what could be a last chance to resolve a bitter dispute over the region's plans to hold a secession referendum in November. Full Story

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Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

Tue Jul 29, 2014

Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians -- including nine children playing on a swing -- in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians are paying in the conflict. Full Story

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Shelling of UN school kills 15 as Gaza war rages

Wed Jul 30, 2014

Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school Wednesday sheltering Gazans displaced by fighting, killing 15 and wounding 90 after tearing through the walls of two classrooms, a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency and a health official said. Full Story

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Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

Tue Jul 29, 2014

Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people. Full Story