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United Nation's Role In Syria To Change

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is expected to tap a veteran U.N. troubleshooter to take over from international envoy Kofi Annan. At the same time, U.N. military observers are wrapping up their mission. By next week, all of the unarmed U.N. military observers will be out of Syria.
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Russian Judge: Punk Band Sentenced To Two Years

A court sentenced the three members of an all female punk band to two years in jail after they were found guilty of hooliganism and religious hatred. The group had staged an anti-Putin protest in Moscow's main cathedral last February.
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Belgian Town May Sue Over Soggy Weather Forecasts

The mayor of a Belgian seaside resort town wants to sue a private meteorological service for issuing a pessimistic full-summer forecast that has resulted in cancellations and loss of revenue. A similar complaint against Dutch meteorologists has been lodged in neighboring Netherlands.
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South African Police Open Fire On Striking Miners, More Than 30 Killed

The shooting followed an attempt by police to disperse striking workers at Marikana, the world's third-largest platinum mine, about 40 miles northwest of Johannesburg. It's one of the deadliest incidents of violence in the country since the end of apartheid.
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Raid In Russia Brings Underground Sect To Light

Russian authorities are investigating a reclusive Islamic sect said to have lived in subterranean burrows without electricity for 10 years. Officials have taken some 20 children away from the group in a case that pits religious freedom against wider social values.

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