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Burgundy's Yield Fails To Meet Grape Expectations

Bad weather this year has made the 2012 grape harvest the smallest in a half-century; this at a time when sales of Burgundy are booming in the U.S., Britain and across Asia. But wine makers seem to be taking the loss in stride.
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Animals Seized From Colombian Narcos Find A Home

Colombian drug traffickers have a thing for exotic animals. But what happens when those traffickers are arrested and extradited? In southwestern Colombia, one women has created a refuge for hundreds of abused animals, many of them previously owned by traffickers.
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Egypt's Leader Plays Major Role In Gaza Ceasefire

The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel is quite a political boost for the Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The Islamist leader spent long hours in meetings and on the phone with world leaders. He spoke to President Obama six times during the crisis and was able to produce a cessation of violence that brought him high praise and put Egypt back on the international map.
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Israelis Ponder Likud Party's Shift To The Right

With elections set for January, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu changed the political landscape last month by announcing his Likud Party would run along with a right-wing party. Moderates say centrists should put aside their differences and unite to take back the political majority.
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Ethiopia's Imperial Train System Gets A Makeover

Ethiopia has one of the world's fastest growing economies, but in some ways it's decades behind in terms of development. Transportation remains largely by foot, bicycle or donkey. Ethiopia hopes that by restoring the century-old imperial railway, and adding thousands of new miles of lines, the nation will be propelled into the future.
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Susan Rice Says Benghazi Claims Were Based On Information From Intelligence

The U.S. envoy to the U.N. is seen as a front-runner for the job of secretary of state in President Obama's second term, but her comments in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi have made her a focus of criticism. Rice also said she looked forward to discussing Sen. John McCain's concerns over her comments with the Republican.

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