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Cyprus Torn Between Strong Allies Over Bailout Money

Eurozone finance ministers reportedly won't approve a final bailout deal for Cyprus until after February elections there. The vote is expected to bring to power a conservative who will do everything that the current communist president is refusing: cut public sector jobs, slash wages and, above all, privatize public services. Everyone in the Cypriot government but president Demetrios Christofias agreed in November to austerity measures proposed by the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The delay is terrible for Cypriot banks, which were hit hard by the Greek debt crisis and are desperate for recapitalization funds. Worsening matters is Russian leader Vladimir Putin's call to repatriate $1 trillion of Russian cash abroad. At least one fifth of the deposits in Cypriot banks are Russian.
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France Comes To Former Colony's Aid To Oust Radical Islamists In Mali

French President Francois Hollande announced on Friday that France has intervened militarily in the Saharan African nation of Mali, a former French colony, to stop any further advancement of Islamist extremist forces in the north of the country.
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Obama: U.S. Forces Will Transition To Support Role In Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Obama discussed future U.S.-Afghanistan relations and the withdrawal of U.S. forces on Friday.
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Police: BBC Entertainer Jimmy Savile Committed More Than 200 Sex Crimes

A British police report released Friday found the late entertainer Jimmy Savile committed more than 200 sex crimes, "unprecedented in the UK." The report summarized a three-month investigation into charges against Savile, who died in 2011.
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Roads Melt, Gas Evaporates In Australia's Unprecedented Heat Wave

Australia has been experiencing a record setting heat wave. Melissa Block speaks with Dr. Karl Braganza, manager of climate monitoring at the Bureau of Meteorology's National Climate Centre in Australia, about why this is happening, and how Australians are coping.
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Despite Billions In Aid, Many Haitians Still Live In Squalid Camps

Three years ago, a massive earthquake destroyed much of Haiti's capital city. Aid agencies from around the world pledged billions of dollars to help Haiti rebuild. But since then, many of the grand plans have fizzled, and some 350,000 Haitians still live in makeshift camps.

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