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As Search Ends, Toll Rises To 27 In Quebec Seniors' Home Fire

Flames tore through the facility last month. It took 10 days for searchers to look through the building, which was encased by ice after firefighters poured water on the blaze. While 27 bodies have been recovered, it's believed that five other people died there. Bone fragments will be tested.
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Al-Qaida Says It Has No Ties With One Syrian Rebel Force

In a message posted on jihadist websites, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri distances the terrorist network from one of the groups fighting in Syria. There have been rebel vs. rebel clashes there.
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Musicians Tell Central African Republic It's Time For Peace

Senegalese music star Youssou Ndour, who is Muslim, is joining with a Christian artist from Central African Republic to record a song of peace. The country has been devastated by inter-religious violence. Ndour hopes the song will encourage strong international solidarity, and help to restore peace to the country.
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World's Top Diplomats Examine Security Concerns

Many of the world's top diplomats met over the weekend along with defense officials for an annual security conference in Munich, Germany. Top of the agenda were two countries in particular: Ukraine and Iran.
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Sochi Games Open On Friday But Not Everything Is Completed

The stage is set for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the Russia resort town on the Black Sea. With only a few days to go, the scene is still looking raw — from unfinished landscaping to unready hotels.
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For Descendants Of Brazil's Slaves, A Quest For Land

Brazil was the last country in the Americas to outlaw slavery. Descendants of runaway slaves are fighting for land rights. They were granted the rights in 1988, but few have actually gotten ownership.
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At 102, Frenchman Sets Speed Cycling Record

When Robert Marchand was young, he was told he was too small to be a professional cyclist. He took up the sport when he was 100. As his physiologist put it, after all the people who dissuaded him from doing so were dead.
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The Games Are A Great Party, But Not A Great Investment

Despite the enormous cost of hosting the Olympics, many former venues are languishing away unused.
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Race Toward Afghan Election Starts, With Skepticism In The Lead

With the presidential campaigns underway, one of the questions commonly asked around Kabul is whether the election will be held at all this year. If it is, there are a handful of candidates who are likely to come out ahead.
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Ukraine Protests Set To Widen As President Ends Sick Leave

Viktor Yanukovych, who announced he was going on sick leave last week, says he will return to work on Monday. But the opposition plans to step up protests.

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