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Islamists Say They Are Filling Vacuum Left By Egyptian State

The Islamist group Gamaa al-Islamiya recently agreed to handle security during a strike by police in the city of Assiut; the police returned to work the next day. But the group says it will continue to provide services such as trash pickup, reflecting the larger problem of a deteriorating Egyptian government.
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Amid Syria's Crisis, Mental Health Care For Refugees

There are now more than one million Syrians seeking refuge in camps and towns in neighboring Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Many arrive without access to basic amenities, such as adequate shelter and clean water. Over two years of conflict has also left them with the mental scars of war.
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Spanish Town To Host Its First Seder In More Than 500 Years

The Jews of Ribadavia, a small medieval town in the north of Spain, are long gone. But no matter: The town's plan to host its first Passover Seder in centuries is aimed at tourists. Like many cities across Spain, Ribadavia hopes reclaiming its Jewish history will also boost its economy.
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Pope Calls To Cancel His Newspaper Subscription

The pope called a Buenos Aires newspaper kiosk to cancel his subscription. The shocked owner thought it was a joke until his holiest customer said, "Seriously. I'm calling you from Rome."
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Ford Sorry For Mocked-up Ads In India Showing Bound And Gagged Women

The illustrations weren't approved by Ford, but were produced by an agency that does work for the automaker in India. "We deeply regret this incident," Ford says.
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Russian Tycoon Berezovsky Reportedly Left No Suicide Note

The death of the exiled oligarch in the U.K. has prompted speculation that he might have been poisoned.

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