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As Games Play On, London Quieter Than Expected

Just a few weeks ago, warnings were flying thick and fast that the Olympic Games would reduce London to chaos, jamming the capital's roads and clogging up its aging transport system. Officials urged residents to work from home and plan their travel carefully. The public seems to have taken that advice to heart.
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Annan To Step Down As U.N.'s Envoy To Syria

The battle for Syria's commercial capital shows no sign of abating. Humanitarian conditions are worsening for civilians in Aleppo.
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European Central Bank's 'Blueprint' Sinks Stocks

Having promised last week to do "whatever is necessary" to save the Euro, the President of the European Central Bank has announced an outline of measures to lower borrowing costs for troubled members of the Eurozone. The measures would not take effect before September and they still require the bank's approval. Stocks fell throughout Europe and the U.S. in response.
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Fighting Rages On In Syria's Commercial Capital

Fighting continued in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday. The country's commercial capital has been the site of fighting between government and rebel fighters for two weeks. Audie Cornish talks with Erika Solomon, a Middle East Correspondent for Reuters who was recently reporting from Aleppo.
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At Age One, A Tattered Reputation For South Sudan

South Sudan's former rebel commanders are now government officials who are allegedly fleecing the national treasury. Impoverished citizens are angry, and efforts to recover stolen funds have not been successful so far.

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