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Actor Herbert Lom, Exasperated 'Pink Panther' Police Chief, Dies

Driven mad by the comic incompetence of Inspector Clouseau, Lom's police chief Charles Dreyfus grew increasingly unstable (and increasingly funny, many would say) in seven Pink Panther movies.
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Netanyahu To Press For 'Red Line' On Iran

The Israeli prime minister will take his case to the U.N. General Assembly. Also due to address the delegates today: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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New Democracies Face Challenges From Old Militias

The question of how to safely unwind an insurgency like the one in Libya is nothing new, but that doesn't make it any easier for the new leaders there or in other Arab states.
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Clinton: Al-Qaida May Be Linked To Libya Attack

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has suggested a connection between al-Qaida in North Africa and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. She did not give any further details on what role the al-Qaida affiliate may have played in the attack
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Protests Against Austerity In Greece End In Violence

Tens of thousands of Greeks protested austerity measures Wednesday in a largely peaceful demonstration. But the march broke up after a small band of hooded militants threw rocks and firebombs at riot police, who responded with rounds of tear gas that sent most of the crowd home. Anti-austerity protests have not abated in the two and a half years since Greece received hundreds of billions of euros in bailout loans from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The protests have brought down two governments and forced new elections, but they haven't rolled back austerity.
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Ahmadinejad's Last Speech To U.N. Milder Than Usual

Melissa Block speaks with Karim Sadjadpour, a Middle East expert with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. They discuss Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's final speech at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday and what the future holds for him. Ahmadinejad's second term as president ends next year.
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Economic Analysts Wary As Israel-Iran Tensions Rise

As the world watches to see if Israel will strike at Iran's nuclear facilities, few have a greater interest than Iran's Arab Gulf state neighbors. The region largely weathered the latest economic slump, but analysts say a fragile recovery could be destroyed by a prolonged conflict and even a relatively brief war could be a significant setback.

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