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A Syrian Tank Shells Turkey, Yet The Response Is Silence. Why?

Some Syrian military attacks on Turkey have drawn a harsh response. But in an incident over the weekend, the Turks chose to play it down. The episode shows the complicated nature of the battle.

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His Holiness Comes To Twitter: Pope Benedict Is '@Pontifex'

Beginning on Dec. 12, the Vatican says, Pope Benedict XVI will be answering questions about faith. Can he say much in 140 characters or less? Well, the Church does have Ten Commandments that each come in under that length.
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Egypt's Draft Constitution Divides Nation

President Mohammed Morsi is facing the biggest rebellion against his rule since assuming power in June. It started with a set of controversial decrees by the president that put him above the law until a constitution is in place. The move has polarized the country and every judge in the country is on strike. Critics say the president is pushing through an illegitimate constitution.
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More Israeli Settlements Could Scuttle Peace Plan

After the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to recognize the Palestinians as a non-member state, Israel announced it would expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. If completed, the project would effectively divide the West Bank in two, and mark the final blow to the two-state solution.
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Dubai Meeting Addresses Global Telecommunications

Representatives from more than 190 countries are convening in Dubai to discuss the treaty regulating global telecommunications. It hasn't been updated since 1988, when the Internet was in its infancy. There is fear that countries known to censor or restrict Internet access will push for global governance that could hamper speech and innovation. Renee Montagne discusses the issues with Ambassador Philip Verveer, who coordinates U.S. policy on global communications.
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Abad's 'Oblivion' Puts A Face On Colombia's Dead

One of the rising stars in the Latin American literary world is Hector Abad. The Colombian-born author has released a searing book, Oblivion: A Memoir, in the U.S. that took him a generation to write. It's the story of his father, a beloved doctor who was murdered in the 1980s.

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