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Ecuador Grants Assange's Asylum Request

The government of Ecuador on Thursday granted asylum to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Assange has been holed up at Ecuador's embassy in London for two months while the British government has demanded that he be handed over. He faces questioning in Sweden for alleged sexual misconduct.
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Asked To Spy On Rebels, Syrian Soldier Becomes One

Ra'ed was 19 when he was drafted into Syria's elite Republican Guard unit two years ago. The Sunni Muslim conscript says his commanders, who were Alawites, never trusted him. He was asked to pose as a defector, and ultimately he joined their cause. Now in Lebanon, he fears being returned home, where he believes he would be killed.
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In South Sudan, Cows Are Cash And Source Of Friction

In South Sudan, a man's worth is measured by bovine wealth, and ever-increasing dowries are paid in cows. Cattle-rustling is an age-old problem. But recently, these raids have become markedly more violent, and the new nation is having difficulty stopping them.
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'No Terrorists Here': Sinai Residents Fear Crackdown

Egyptian security forces are conducting a major campaign in the peninsula after a deadly attack by masked gunmen on a border post earlier this month. While the government says it will deal with the threat, Sinai residents worry that they will be blamed, targeted and abused as a result of the assault.
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Creating A Schwenker World, One Backyard Grill At A Time

It sounds a little dirty, but a schwenker is just a German word for a swinging grill that looks like a tripod, set over charcoal. Schwenker evangelists are spreading the word about this unique grill around the world.

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