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Germany Evaluates Its Global Military Role

For decades after the devastation of World War Two, Germany recoiled from any prospect of military engagement. Now the country is under pressure to get involved in foreign military conflicts as the U.S. cuts back its role as the world's policeman. Germany's growing military role is now being debated in government and academic circles.
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Raul Castro Says New 5-Year Term Will Be His Last

Cuban President Raul Castro has been named to a new five-year term but says this will be his last. Parliament has named as his vice president 52-year-old Miguel Diaz-Canel, the highest-ranking official who was not part of the 1959 revolution.
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The Language Of Empires Faces Extinction

Once the language of Christ, Aramaic is slowly dying. A recent article in Smithsonian magazine outlines what one linguist and his colleagues are doing to document and preserve what was once the lingua franca of the entire Middle East.
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Irish Women Emerge From Shadows Of 'National Shame'

Thousands of women were taken into Magdalene Laundries, run by the Catholic Church, and forced to work without pay. The practice went on for decades after Ireland's independence, with the last one closing in 1996. For the first time, the state has acknowledged and apologized for its role in facilitating the practice.
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Auction Halted Of Banksy Mural Removed In London

The U.S.-based auction house that was due to sell the work on Saturday, announced that the item was withdrawn from sale. The artwork was expected to fetch between $500,000 and $700,000.

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