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More Than 60,000 Have Died In Syria, U.N. Estimates

Recently, it was estimated that about 45,000 people had been killed since anti-regime protests began in March 2011. Now, the U.N. says it has compiled a more accurate list of those who have died. It's likely the death toll is still underestimated, the U.N. concedes.
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Docs Discover Drug-Spiked Eggplant Sent Beijing Diners To Hospital

Chinese officials say two people intentionally spiked a restaurant's eggplant stir-fries with a toxic dose of a blood pressure drug. The poisoning sent 80 diners to the hospital, where doctors figured out the cause. They all eventually recovered.
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Pakistan's 'Patriot Act' Could Target Politicians

A Pakistani bill would allow intelligence and law enforcement agencies to tap phones, monitor Internet traffic, and follow people they suspect are terrorists. Security agencies in Pakistan already do this, but the new bill will give them the legal cover to do so.
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'One Pound Fish': A Pakistani Man's Passport To Fame

A Pakistani man who went to London to sell fish has become an unlikely YouTube music star, thanks to the catchy song he made up to lure customers. The video for the song, "One Pound Fish," became a Web hit, and even brought him a record deal.
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Attack On Aid Workers In Pakistan Leaves 7 Dead

Following an already violent year in Pakistan, on the first day of the New Year gunmen shot and killed five teachers and two aid workers as they were driving home from work.
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Israeli Election Campaign Includes Much Maneuvering

Israel's parliamentary elections are just three weeks away. This campaign season has included a series of surprising political maneuvers. Israelis say they are a bit befuddled by the political musical chairs, and are looking for new parties.
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Mexico's President Alters Tactics Against Drug Crimes

Mexico's new attorney general says there are now 60 to 80 drug cartels operating in the country, a sharp rise from the 10 that existed when outgoing President Calderon took office in 2006. President Enrique Pena Nieto says he wants to go after crime associated with drug trafficking instead of taking down crime bosses.

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