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Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers

The 50-year-old Asian elephant, named Phlai Khlao, was apparently poisoned before his tusks were hacked off. Thai authorities are questioning a suspect who is a former elephant handler.
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Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million

Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan punished for biting an opponent during the World Cup, is moving to Barcelona. The team reached terms with Liverpool in a transfer widely reported at more than $128 million.
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Dozens Of Ukrainian Troops Reportedly Killed By Militants

Separatists in the east used a rocket-launching system in an attack that one officials said killed as many as 30 government troops. The strike comes after days of steady gains by Ukrainian forces.
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Germany Calls For 'Honest Foundation' In Relations With U.S.

The remarks by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier follow fresh allegations of U.S. spying on Germany as well as Berlin's request that the top U.S. intelligence official in the country leave.
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Israel And Hamas Keep Up Attacks, Ignoring Calls For Peace

In Israel, a rocket hits a gas station, setting it on fire and causing several injuries; in Gaza, the health ministry says 100 Palestinians have been killed.
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Gaza Residents Deal With Fourth Night Of Israeli Air Strikes

Steve Inskeep talks to Palestinian-American business consultant and political commentator Sami Abdel-Shafi about living in Gaza while under attack from Israel.
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'How To Survive The Bulls' Co-Author Gets Gored

On Wednesday, Bill Hillmann, one of the authors of Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona, was reportedly gored in the leg. His injuries were not life threatening.
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Germany Asks Top CIA Spy In Country To Leave

The move comes after German investigators discovered a second citizen suspected of spying for the U.S. Renee Montagne talks to James Bamford, who writes about U.N. intelligence agencies and the NSA.
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Ukrainian Army Takes Back Areas From Pro-Russian Separatists

As Ukraine begins the final push to regain control of the east of the country, the Kremlin has become very quiet. Professor Stephen Sestanovich talks to Renee Montagne about the shifting dynamics.
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Advocates Keep Focus On Issues Outside World Cup Stadiums

What has the soccer tournament really cost Brazil? An overpass that was still under construction collapsed on a bus killing 2 people. And, opposition lawmakers want a probe into World Cup financing.

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