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Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel

Conflicts arise when Israeli settlement or security construction cuts into land, often owned by local churches, where Palestinians live or work. Local Christians hope Francis will push their cause.
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Senate Confirms Author Of Drone Memo To Federal Bench

Last-minute lobbying by the Obama administration overcame opposition to the nomination of David Barron, author of a controversial legal memo regarding drone policy.
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Upcoming Elections In Colombia Get Sidetracked

Colombians vote for president on Sunday, deciding whether to send the incumbent back to office so he can continue peace talks with leftist rebels. John Otis reports that the campaign has gotten dirty.
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Russia, China Block U.N. Move To Investigate War Crimes In Syria

A U.N. security Council resolution introduced by France and with the backing of the U.S. sought accountability for wartime atrocities. Russia's ambassador called it a publicity stunt.
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U.S. Ordered To Turn Over Video Of Force-Feeding At Guantanamo

Renee Montagne talks to Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg about a federal judge's order that the Justice Department must release videotapes of force-feeding at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
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Regime Photos Said To Show Gruesome Killings In Syrian Prisons

Stephen J. Rapp, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, has seen photos obtained by Syria's opposition. A government photographer allegedly took them to document people killed in prisons.
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Albuquerque Police Face Federal Scrutiny, Local Outrage

Police in Albuquerque, N.M., have shown a pattern of excessive force that violates the Constitution, a federal report says. The department is changing policies; families are demanding accountability.
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Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death

A Montana man says he was justified in shooting a prowler, a German exchange student, in his garage. The case has revived the debate over how far Americans should be able to go to defend their homes.
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Nigeria's Faces Challenges In Dealing With Boko Haram

Robert Siegel interviews Nigeria analyst Andrew Walker about the challenges facing the country as it deals with the Islamist group Boko Haram.
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Despite Bloody Conflict, Iraq's Leader Looks Likely To Keep Power

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's alliance easily won the most seats in Iraq's election. But it will take protracted negotiations to build a coalition and keep him in the post he's held since 2006.

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