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Picking A Pope? Try The 'Sweet Sistine' Bracket Challenge

"March madness" is around the corner. So is the selection of a new pope. Religion News Service is bringing the two together.
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Negotiators At Six-Nation Talks See Signs Of Hope In Iran Nuclear Standoff

Representatives for Iran and the world powers say they are encouraged, but there's still a long way to go before any agreement is possible.
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Sometimes 'The Lord Seemed To Sleep,' Pope Says In Farewell

A huge crowd gathered Wednesday for Pope Benedict XVI's final general audience before his resignation takes effect on Thursday. In his remarks, the pope indirectly acknowledged that his nearly 8 years as head of the Roman Catholic Church have not always been easy.
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Talks On Iran's Nuclear Program To Resume In April

Two days of talks on Iran's nuclear program ended in Kazakhstan Tuesday. Although there were no dramatic breakthroughs, officials reported there was enough movement to return to the table in April to try to resolve concerns and questions about the program.
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Syrian Rebels, Secular And Islamist, Both Claim The Future

Secular activists launched the uprising in Syria two years ago, but ultraconservative Muslims are becoming a more potent force as the war grinds on. The sides have little in common besides their opposition to President Bashar Assad's government.
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Exiled From Iran, A Singer Makes The Case For Beauty

In the Islamic Republic, a woman is typically not allowed to sing solos in public unless she performs for an all-female audience and is accompanied by an all-female band. The Iranian singer known as Hani is pursuing her dream in Iraq.
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Can U.S. Embassies Be Safe Without Being Unsightly?

Beauty vs. security. Some say the two can exist in the same space when it comes to America's embassies.

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