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Vatican Tries To Mend Fences With American Nuns

The Vatican issued a report praising the work of U.S. nuns — a relief to those worried that a probe started in 2008 would be critical of a perceived liberal streak among American nuns.
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Ruble's Troubles Tied To Falling Oil Prices, International Sanctions

The world benchmark for oil fell below $60 on Tuesday. Russia's Central Bank hiked interest rates in a bid to support the plummeting ruble, but had little success.
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A Game Of Ludo Helps Liberians Catch A Break From Ebola

The fast-paced board game — it's a lot like Parcheesi — offers a way to escape the stress of life in the Ebola zone.
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Amid Strains, Syrian Refugees Are Facing Curfews In Lebanon

The fragile country now hosts some 1 million Syrian refugees. Some towns have set up civilian volunteers to enforce curfews on the refugees, leading to rising tensions and some cases of abuse.
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Has Vladimir Putin Just Overplayed His Hand?

The Russia leader was riding high at home this year with the successful Winter Olympics and his annexation of Crimea. Now he's staring at a recession and has alienated Western nations that could help.
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FIFA Dismisses U.S. Lawyer's Appeal On Handling Of World Cup Report

Michael Garcia had filed an appeal against how his report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cup was handled. FIFA said his appeal is inadmissible.
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Russia's Rate Increase Fails To Stop Currency's Steep Decline

The ruble plunged to a record low against the dollar today despite efforts by the Russian central bank to stabilize it.
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Dozens Killed As Taliban Gunmen Storm Pakistani School

Officials in Pakistan say Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Steve Inskeep talks to Katherine Houreld, a reporter with Reuters.
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Taliban Gunmen Storm School, Kill Dozens In Pakistan

Officials said at least 140 were killed, more than half of them students. The school is run by the military and the Taliban said they were retaliating for a recent military offensive.
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Contestant From War-Torn Syria Wins 'Arab Idol'

Over the weekend, a champion was crowned in the Middle East's version of American Idol. Syrians cheered as 21-year-old Hazem Sherif from the war-scarred city of Aleppo was announced the winner.

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