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In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instruments.
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American Hostage In Yemen Killed In Failed Rescue Attempt

An American journalist held captive by al-Qaida militants in Yemen for more than a year was killed in a failed U.S. rescue attempt.
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Half A Million Flee To Shelters As Typhoon Hits Philippines

Hagupit hit the archipelago as a severe Category 4 storm in a region still recovering from a 2013 typhoon that killed 7,300. This storm could drop 2 feet of rain in some areas.
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Charges Of Crimes Against Humanity Dropped Against Kenyan Leader

The first case of crimes against humanity leveled against a sitting head of state has ended with the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court dropping all charges against Kenya's president, Uhuru Kenyatta.
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Liberian President's Ambitious Goal: No New Ebola Cases By Christmas

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf hopes to have no new Ebola cases by Dec. 25. But with the virus popping up in remote places and crossing over from neighboring countries, the battle is far from over.
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Murder Of American Teacher In Abu Dhabi Shocks Nation

The murder of a American teacher in a mall in Abu Dhabi on Monday has the wealthy — and foreigner-friendly — Arab emirate in shock.
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EU Court Orders France To Compensate Somali Pirates

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that pirates, who hijacked two French vessels, should get up to 7,000 euros each because of a delay in producing them before a judge.
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Greece Condemns British Museum For Lending Out Elgin Marbles

Athens has long demanded the return of the ancient sculptures it says were looted in the early 1800s from the Parthenon and other famous structures.
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Mall Murder Of American Teacher Stuns UAE, Where Violence Is Rare

Authorities say an Emirate woman in her 30s confessed to targeting Ibolya Ryan at an Abu Dhabi mall because she was American. The woman also is suspected in a foiled bomb attack on another American.
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China's Ex-Security Chief Arrested On Corruption Charges

Zhou Yongkang, a senior Communist Party official who retired in 2012, has been under investigation for bribery for months.

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