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D.C. Area Artists Outraged Over Pussy Riot Verdict

A judge's two-year sentence for the all-girl Russian punk band Pussy Riots has sparked outage from around the world.

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New Syrian Envoy Brahimi Takes On 'Crucial Task'

Lakhdar Brahimi, a former Algerian foreign minister and longtime U.N. troubleshooter, will try to broker a peace between the Assad regime and its opponents.
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Rwandan Coffee Farmers Turn Premium Beans Into Harvest Gold

The rising popularity of premium coffee in the U.S. is having a direct positive effect on some of the poorest farmers in the world. Freelance photographer Jonathan Kalan has seen it firsthand, and explains how this business sprung up in Rwanda and how it continues to benefit the family farmers.
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Understanding Hezbollah

The Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah has emerged as a major concern among U.S. security officials. Understanding the threat Hezbollah poses in the Middle East and the world.

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Gold Mail Boxes Honor Britain's Gold Medalists

Britain's Royal Mail has been honoring gold medalists by painting some of the iconic red post boxes gold. But after one town was left out, a local man took matters into his own hands.
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Women In Russian Punk Band Sentenced To Two Years For 'Hooliganism'

They were accused of religious hatred for an anti-Putin protest they staged in a cathedral. The case has attracted attention around the world as people come to the young women's defense.
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South African Police Accused Of Massacring Miners

South African Police officers killed more than 30 striking workers during a confrontation at a mine owned by Lonmin PLC Thursday. The shooting has been called one of the worst in the country since the end of the apartheid era.
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United Nation's Role In Syria To Change

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is expected to tap a veteran U.N. troubleshooter to take over from international envoy Kofi Annan. At the same time, U.N. military observers are wrapping up their mission. By next week, all of the unarmed U.N. military observers will be out of Syria.

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