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Cricket's Sachin Tendulkar Announces Retirement

Tendulkar's stature in Indian cricket is akin to Babe Ruth's in baseball. In his more than two-decade-long career, Tendulkar broke many of the sport's batting records and carried the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.
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Top Stories: Obama, GOP Meet; Alice Munro Wins Nobel In Lit

Also: Libya's prime minister is briefly abducted, then set free and 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai is awarded the Sakharov Prize.
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Canadian Alice Munro Wins Nobel's Literature Prize

Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story," has won the Nobel Prize in Literature," the Royal Swedish Academy announced Thursday morning. In 2009, she won the Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime work.
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After Boat Tragedy, Calls For A Unified European Policy

The tragedy off the Italian coast has drawn attention to the thousands of asylum-seekers who try to enter Europe by boat each year. The case has led to calls for a Mediterranean-wide search and rescue mission to intercept boats carrying migrants.
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Libyan PM Freed After Being Held For Hours By Gunmen

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was abducted by men believed to be former rebels who said they were "arresting" him on authority of a Libyan court. There are conflicting reports about how he came to be freed.
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Aid Workers: Syrian Refugees Unable To Help Their Kids Cope

For two and a half years, Syria has been at war with millions of civilians on the move. U.N. agencies tracking the exodus say about three quarters of the children forced to flee their homes are under the age of 11. A team of child psychologists in Amman, Jordan, make house calls to address the needs of families who do not live in refugee camps.
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U.S. Delays Egyptian Aid Over Democracy Issue

The Obama administration is holding up hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Egypt until that country gets back on a path toward democracy. Egypt has been a major recipient of U.S. aid for decades, and officials say these are not permanent changes.
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Tragedy Prompts Calls For Change To EU Immigration Policies

The European Commission is calling on the European Union to launch a Mediterranean-wide search and rescue mission to intercept boats carrying migrants. Earlier this month, a boat filled with African migrants caught fire and sank off the coast of an Italian island.
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Kidnapped Libyan Prime Minister Freed By Captors

The Libya State News Agency has announced Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been freed. Earlier it was reported that gunmen kidnapped him from a hotel in Tripoli where he resides. The abduction came amid anger among Libya's powerful Islamic militant groups over the U.S. special forces raid that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect.
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What A U.S. Default Would Mean For Pensions, China And Social Security

Whatever happens to a the global economy, one thing is clear: If the U.S. defaults, people all over the world who have loaned the government money won't get paid on time.

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