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Vive La France ... And Its High Taxes On The Wealthy

The French celebrate Bastille Day on Saturday, and in the name of equality, new President François Hollande plans to massively raise taxes on the rich. Most of the French — including some of the rich — support the move.
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Osama's Driver Freed In Latest Guantanamo Release

Ibrahim al-Qosi was released and sent home this week. Now, 168 detainees remain, down from a high of 680 in May 2003. It's part of the Obama administration's quiet effort to reduce numbers at the prison.
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Thousands Of British Troops On Olympic Guard Duty

When a private firm failed to meet its promise of providing enough guards for the Olympics, the British military was called in to "mind the gap" in security. A reported 3,500 British troops, some of them just back from Afghanistan, will step in to help guard Olympic venues.
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Mass Killing Makes For One Of Syria's Bloodiest Days

There has been another mass killing in central Syria where estimates of the dead range from 40 people to more than 200. United Nations monitors confirm Syrian government forces bombarded a village near Hama. Syrian activists say after the shelling, militiamen from the Alawite sect moved in, killing dozens of Sunni villagers.
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Al-Qaida: Now Vying For Hearts, Minds And Land

The terrorist network has been testing a new strategy: trying to capture territory and win over citizens by governing them and providing social services. The group failed in Iraq, but is still trying in Somalia, Yemen and, most recently, in the northern deserts of Mali.
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An Olympic-Sized Outrage Grows Over French Fry Sales At The Games

McDonald's deal to block others from selling fries at the Olympics is giving some people heartburn. Hear more tonight on All Things Considered, and check out our Storify of what we're reading now.
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Stephan Talty: "Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day"

The D-Day invasion of Normandy was pivotal to the outcome of World War II. The story of a double agent who helped shape this battle and defeat the Nazis.

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