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In War-Torn Aleppo, Old Doors That Reflect A Grand Tradition

Syria's war has badly damaged many parts of Aleppo, an ancient city. But some places are still intact, and above the doorways you can still find the inscriptions of pilgrims who have traveled to the holiest site in Islam.
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Pakistan's Latest Political Crisis: Court Orders Arrest Of Prime Minister

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf denies he accepted bribes when he was minister for water and power. The court order comes as Pakistan tries to prepare for elections later this year. There are fears that the military might move to install a "caretaker" government.
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U.N. Backs French Military Intervention In Mali

The French military continues its bombing raids in Northern Mali, where extremists, including an al-Qaida affiliate, have taken over. The French have pummeled rebel positions from the air, backing up Mali's beleaguered army on the ground.
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How Mali's Conflict Affects Americans

France has intervened in the conflict in the West African nation of Mali, but why does that conflict affect the United States? Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has offered the most basic take on America's interest in Maili: al-Qida is there.
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French President's Bold Actions Transform His Image

Francois Hollande seemed diffident in the first months of his presidency, but his recent moves have surprised critics. He has sent French troops into Mali to combat Islamist rebels, and on the domestic front brokered a labor deal after years of union clashes.
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Grim Situation Starts To Lift In Aleppo, Syria

The situation in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo is much less dire than it was a month ago. Food stalls are full of produce, albeit at much higher prices than before, and the bread crisis has been somewhat averted. The fighting is now centered on airbases on the outskirts of the city.
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Toyota Regains No. 1 Sales Position

After careening from back-to-back crises — recalls and the tsunami — Toyota is No. 1 in worldwide sales again. Toyota says it sold at least 9.7 million vehicles in 2012. General Motors reports it sold 9.3 million. Both companies say it doesn't really matter which one is in the top spot.

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