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For Militants, Founding Of Caliphate Is Win In Rhetoric, Not Reality

On the first night of Ramadan, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced it would change its name to, simply, the Islamic State, declaring that the land it had captured in Syria and Iraq constituted a new caliphate. The group's leader is trying to use this new narrative to wrest control of the global jihad from al-Qaida.
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The Long, Slow Vanish Of Britain's Illustrious Recording Clubs

In the years following World War II, tape-recording clubs gathered significant popularity in the UK. Clubs met to share tapes of everything from bird calls to the sounds of local events. Today, though, only a few such clubs still survive.
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Chinese Leader's Seoul Visit Seen As Snub To North Korea

Xi Jinping's first visit to the Korean Peninsula finds him in Seoul, not Pyongyang, in a possible sign of strained Sino-North Korean ties.
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A Relationship in Crisis: Haiti and the U.N.

Victims of Haiti's recent cholera epidemic are ramping up legal efforts against the United Nations, saying U.N. peacekeepers introduced the disease to the island nation in 2010. Meanwhile, doubts are growing about Haiti's ability to...

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U.S. Spying Allegations Chafe An Already Angry India

Sen. John McCain is in India to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But the visit was overshadowed by reports that the NSA was given permission in 2010 to spy on Modi's political party.
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Israeli And Palestinian Parents: 'We Need To Stop This Madness'

The deaths of three Israeli teenagers have sparked anger in the region. Two parents who lost children in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict explain why they are now calling for reconciliation.
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Woman Charged In Denver With Seeking To Aid Islamic Extremists

Shannon Maureen Conley was arrested in April as she boarded a flight that would have ultimately landed her in Syria, where she hoped to wage jihad alongside ISIS rebels.
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Germany Votes For First-Ever Minimum Wage, Around $11.50

By comparison, the U.S. is debating a raise to its minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The new German law includes several exceptions.
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Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops To Iraqi Border

The reported deployment comes amid reports that Iraqi forces have abandoned their positions in the region amid a Sunni-led insurgency.
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Mosquito-Repellent Paper Attracts Readers

Sri Lanka has been hit by an epidemic of dengue fever, a potentially deadly disease spread by mosquitoes. A newspaper printed an entire issue with ink made from citronella. Sales went up 30 percent.

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