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Blasphemy Charges On The Rise In Pakistan

A single accuser's word is often enough to lead to an arrest and spark mob violence. Human rights advocates say the charges are frequently made against religious minorities, and are often used to settle personal scores.
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Conflict In Congo Escalates, Goes Largely Unnoticed

The conflict in eastern Congo has been called one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. As fighting intensified in eastern Congo between government forces and the rebel M23 group, tens of thousands of Congolese civilians have fled camps and homes in search of safety.
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Rockets, Cigarettes And A Lion: Just A Few Of The Things Smuggled Into Gaza

The Gaza Strip faces tight restrictions from Israel, and this has led to an elaborate system of smuggling tunnels linked to neighboring Egypt. National Geographic examines the tunnels in a piece that has appeared just as Gaza has returned to the forefront of the news.
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In Syria, An Act Of Reconciliation Stirs Fierce Debate

A Syrian governor visits a town controlled by rebels, and it helps ease the suffering. But the move also draws criticism from both pro- and anti-government forces.
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Maryland Gov. Delays Trip To Israel, Citing Violence

With violence in Gaza claiming the lives of more than 100 people, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has delayed a planned economic development trip to Israel.

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Charges Filed Against Murdoch Editors Accused Of Paying Officials For Information

The charges are on top of those against many of the same people stemming from the scandal over the hacking of the phones of crime victims, celebrities and members of the royal family.

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