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U.S. Provided 'Technical Assistance' In Botched French Raid, Obama Says

A French soldier and 17 Islamist rebels were killed in the raid to rescue a French hostage, who is also believed to have died. The president's acknowledgment of the U.S. role in the raid came the same day as France said the U.S. provided "communications and transport" support for the ongoing French military action against Islamist rebels in Mali.
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France Claims Gains In Airstrikes Against Mali Islamists

"Stopping the terrorists, that's done," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in an interview Sunday. He also said the three-day-old intervention in Mali was getting support from the U.S. and other countries.
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Court Overturns Life Sentence Against Egypt's Mubarak; Orders Retrial

The decision to retry the strongman who was serving a life sentence for failing to stop the killing of protesters came as no surprise. Mubarak and his security chief will be tried again on criminal charges related to those deaths. The news was welcomed by both Mubarak loyalists and his most ardent opponents.
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Fleeing Violence, Syrian Refugees Weather A Cruel Winter

Lebanon has had some of the worst winter weather in decades. First, record rainfalls flooded the low-lying part of the country, then ice and snow bent trees and blocked roads. The frigid conditions are making it even harsher for Syrian refugees trying to take shelter from the violent conflict back home.
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Failed French Rescue Attempt Leaves Several Dead In Somalia

It's not clear whether a French intelligence agent is dead or alive after a botched rescue attempt in Somalia on Saturday morning. The operation may have dangerous implications for other French hostages being held across Africa.
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Bad Even For Beijing: Smog Hits Extreme Levels

The air quality level in China's capital, already famously poor, literally went off the charts on Saturday. Officials are warning people to stay indoors.

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