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Long Hidden, Vatican Painting Linked To Native Americans

A newly cleaned painting in the Vatican, which dates to 1494, may be the first European depiction of Native Americans. The painting had been largely ignored for more than 500 years.
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Israel Reportedly Attacks Syrian Facility, In An Escalation

Israeli warplanes attacked a military research center near Damascus early Sunday, according to intelligence reports and Syrian state media. Israel has offered no comment on the raid, which came days after a similar strike that reportedly targeted missiles intended for Hezbollah militants in Lebanon.
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Syrian Rebel Leader: We Won't Share U.S. Arms With Extremists

The U.S. says it will consider arming the rebels if it can confirm Bashar Assad's regime used the nerve gas sarin in recent attacks. But there's a danger that any weapons the U.S. provides could fall into the wrong hands.
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Dream Wedding Is Now South Africa's Diplomatic Nightmare

It's been dubbed Guptagate. A private jet flies in 200 high-society guests from India for a four-day wedding that has South Africans steaming for answers. Among the wedding party's alleged offenses: refusing to be served by black staff.
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To Silence Discontent, Chinese Officials Alter Workweek

After local authorities got word of a planned environmental protest in the southwestern city of Chengdu, they decided to make Saturday a workday. Security personnel, meanwhile, converged on the city center in a display of force.
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Seven U.S. Troops Die In Attacks In Afghanistan

A roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan killed five members of the U.S. Army Saturday, according to military officials. In a separate incident, a member of the Afghan National Army turned his weapon on coalition troops, killing two Americans.

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