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Beijing To Crack Down On Social Media 'Slanderous Rumors'

A new interpretation of existing law would make writing a defamatory post that's read by more than 5,000 people or shared by more than 500 punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
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In Argentina, A Winter Heat Wave Brings Record Highs

It's still officially wintertime in Buenos Aires, but the city is in a record heat wave. Tuesday's high was 34.4 degrees Celsius (94 degrees Fahrenheit), the hottest September temperature since 1940.
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New Survey Gives U.S., U.K. Universities Top Rankings

MIT, Harvard and the U.K.'s University of Cambridge dominated the top of the QS World University Rankings for a third straight year.
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New International Olympic Committee President Is Thomas Bach Of Germany

Bach replaces outgoing President Jacques Rogge, who served in the post for 12 years. He was chosen by secret ballot on the last day of IOC meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Is The iPhone Losing Out In The Chinese Market?

Although many of its phones are made in China, Apple has struggled with sales in the world's largest smartphone market. A cheaper iPhone may attract more consumers — but it could also lose some of its cachet. The company also faces competition from Asian rivals who offer cheaper phones.
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Timeline: The New Delhi Gang Rape Case

In a case that grabbed international attention, a 23-year-old Indian woman died last year after she was brutally raped aboard a moving bus in New Delhi.
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Rape Widespread Across Asia-Pacific, U.N. Survey Says

The survey of 10,000 men in six Asian and Pacific countries found nearly 1 in 4 men reported raping a woman. The results of the survey were released the same day a court in New Delhi convicted four men of the rape and murder that shocked India last December.
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Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons

Russia has suggested Assad hand over his WMDs. France is drawing up a resolution to bring before the U.N. Security Council. The Obama administration says it's willing to work with those and other nations on such a plan. But the White House also says it can't let up the pressure on Assad.
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4 Men Convicted In Rape And Murder That Shocked India

After a young woman and her male friend were lured onto a bus by the promise of a ride, she was gang raped and he was beaten. The woman later died. The crime shocked Indians, sparked protests and led to new laws about sexual offenses. The four men who've been convicted may be executed.
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India Court Convicts 4 Men In Fatal Gang Rape

An Indian court has convicted four men involved in a gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus in December. The men are expected to be sentenced Wednesday.

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