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U.S. To Step Up Its Involvement In Syria

The Obama administration is offering more direct aid to Syrian rebels, who are fighting to topple Bashar Assad's regime. The conflict has left 70,000 people dead and a diplomatic solution seems far out of reach. Secretary of State John Kerry was delivering the news to Syrian opposition figures at a conference in Rome Thursday.
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Syrian Army Base Blocks Rebels Plans For Idlib Province

It's thought that the province of Idlib in northern Syria might be the first to fall under the control of anti-government rebels. If that were to happen, Idlib, which borders Turkey, would become an unofficial buffer zone, where rebel fighters could regroup and aid workers could get help to the displaced. But one key government-controlled army base is standing in the way.
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Pope Benedict Leaves A Church Mired In Crises

In eight years on the throne of St. Peter, Benedict XVI has angered Muslims, offended Jews and made controversial comments about the spread of AIDS. But the scandal that has most haunted him is the abuse of children by pedophile priests.
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Head Of Mexico's Teachers Union Behind Bars

The powerful head of Mexico's teacher's union is in jail charged with embezzling about $160 million in union funds. Prosecutors claim some of the money went to plastic surgery, real estate in the U.S. and other luxury expenses.
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What Happened To The Aid Meant To Rebuild Haiti?

Three years after an earthquake destroyed much of Haiti's capital, it's clear that only a fraction of the $9 billion pledged in international relief reached the country. Most of what did arrive went to short-term relief, instead of rebuilding people's homes.
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How Italy's Election Slatemate Is Playing Out On The Streets

Italy's recent elections left the country in political gridlock. Italian columnist Beppe Severgnini breaks down the election results and austerity measures, and shares what Italians are talking about in a country that some are calling "ungovernable."

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