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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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Heir To Billions Arrested In Wife's Death

Hans Kristian Rausing comes from one of Sweden's wealthiest families. On Monday, his American-born wife Eva was found dead in their London home. The couple had struggled with drug additions.
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English Soccer's John Terry Found Not Guilty Of Racial Abuse

He had been accused of hurling racial insults at an opponent. The case has been front-page news in Britain. But a magistrate said today that there was doubt about whether Terry's words were meant as an insult.

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