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A Different Kind Of Combat In The Eastern Congo

Lacking ropes or a ring, young men who are part of a group called the Friendship Club are learning how to box. Some were child soldiers. It might seem odd that this sport could help former killers become better citizens or deal with their trauma. But their coach says boxing and fighting are as different as sports and war.
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Murder Charges Filed In India Gang Rape

Police in New Delhi, India, have filed charges against at least five of the suspects in last month's gang rape of a young woman who subsequently died. The sixth suspect has declared himself underage, and therefore would be ineligible to be charged with murder. That creates a twist in the story, pitting a juvenile's rights in the justice system against women's civil rights.
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Prime Minister Finds Soap Opera's Turkish Delights In Bad Taste

The Magnificent Century, which explores the Ottoman Empire in all its 16th-century glory, is a big hit in Turkey. But the country's prime minister, an Islamist, is angry that the program focuses on palace intrigue involving the sultan and his harem.
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Game, Set And Match: U.S. Tennis Tournaments Move Abroad

At its height, American tennis consistently fielded the world's top male players. Now that American dominance is gone, so too are many of the top U.S. men's tournaments. They're moving overseas, snapped up by groups offering more lucrative payouts in a sport enjoying huge global appeal.
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U.N.: More Than 60,000 Syrians Killed During Civil War

In Syria, opposition activists report heavy fighting around a government-held airbase near the northern city of Aleppo. And in Damascus, a Syrian air force jet attacked a gas station in a rebel-held suburb, leaving dozens dead and wounded.
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On Multiple Fronts, Russian Jews Reshape Israel

The former Soviet citizens who flooded into Israel two decades ago have changed the country's demographics, helped strengthen the economy and played a significant role in the general rightward shift of the Israeli electorate.
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The Tony Soprano Of Karachi: Gangster Or Politician?

Gangsters in Karachi are a little different from the American variety. They often control armed groups linked to political parties. Uzair Baloch is known as the don of Karachi's Lyari slum. But ask him if he's a gangster, and he'll laugh. He says he's a politician and a social worker.

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