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Tax On Heating Oil Turns Greek Skies Black With Wood Smoke

Another new consequence of Greece's economic crisis is that the skies of Athens and other cities are filled with smoke due to the increase in the use of wood burning stoves. The cost of heating oil has gone up 40 percent — a tax increase imposed by the troika. The Greek Environment ministry has issued a warning that the increase in pollutants in the air is posing public health risk.
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Paris' 'Little Bamako' Keeps Keen Eye On Fighting In Mali

One Paris neighborhood is known as "Little Bamako," named after the capital of Mali. It's a place where Malian immigrants welcome and closely follow the French military campaign against Islamist extremists in their home country. Some express disappointment that President Obama did not send U.S. troops alongside the French soldiers. They reject the harsh Sharia law of the extremists, saying Mali is in fact a very tolerant nation.
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In Syria, Two Opponents Of The Regime Fight Each Other

In a border town in northeast Syria, the most recent fighting has involved a leading rebel group and a Kurdish militia. Both oppose President Bashar Assad's government, but they are deeply suspicious of one another.
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Yikes! 15,000 Crocodiles Escape Farm In South Africa, Area Evacuated

As flood waters rose, a crocodile farmer was forced to open his gates. The crocodiles grabbed the chance to make a break. More than half remain at large. Hunters are having the most success capturing them at night, when their eyes sign red.
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Backed By French Might, Malian Troops Retake Diabaly

Support is growing for the French-led operation in Mali to drive back Islamist militants intent on seizing the capital. French air strikes and ground troops have helped government forces retake the strategic town of Diabaly in central Mali.
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Report Blasts India's Treatment Of Women

A panel reviewing sexual offenses in India has submitted its report to the government almost a month after the rape and murder of a female student in New Delhi. The report says India systemically discriminates against women, and does little to respond to violence against them.

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