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Gunfire, Explosions Rock Thai Capital Ahead Of Polls

At least seven people, including an American photojournalist, have been wounded in the clashes ahead of Sunday's parliamentary elections.
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Kerry: 'Disturbing' Trend Of Authoritarianism In Eastern Europe

The secretary of state singled out Ukraine as an example of a growing trend of governments willing to "trample the ambitions" of their people.
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Germany's New Defense Minister: More Peacekeeping Missions Welcome

Ursula von der Leyen is the first woman to hold the job. She has no military experience and is best known for social policies such as expanded parental leave. But she has already said that Germany should play a more active role in foreign missions, and that could involve sending troops into conflict zones.
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Syria Peace Talks Take A Break

The Syria peace talks in Geneva adjourn with no breakthroughs or substantive signs of progress. But international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says there is some common ground between the government and its opponents, and he announced that the talks will resume on Feb. 10.
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Assad Regime Slows In Handing Over Chemical Weapons

The U.S. and international monitors are expressing concern over delays in the the handover of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. Many experts now suspect that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime may be dragging its feet.
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Afghan Security Agreement Is Still Unsigned — Who's At Fault?

Delays continue to beset a proposed bilateral security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan. The pact would govern U.S. troops if they remain in Afghanistan past 2014. Deadlines have come and gone, but still no agreement has been signed by the two parties. Now, the situation seems to have deepened into a political standoff between the Pentagon and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. To understand how it got to this point, Robert Siegel turns to Sean Carberry, reporting from Kabul, and Tom Bowman, NPR's Pentagon correspondent.
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School's Out For Online Students In 'State Sponsors Of Terrorism'

Students in Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria — countries under U.S. trade and economic sanctions — were blocked from accessing material on Coursera this week. The company, one of the largest providers of massive open online courses, says it's working with the U.S. government on a resolution.
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PHOTOS: When Barn-Sized Boulder Meets Barn, Barn Loses

The images from northern Italy are stunning. A massive boulder broke free from a mountainside and tore a destructive path through a farm. The good news: No one was hurt.
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WATCH: Skydivers Save Unconscious Comrade In Midair Rescue

James Lee's helmet cam records his fellow skydivers coordinating a life-saving maneuver as he plummets toward the ground from 12,500 feet.
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Australia OKs Dumping Dredged Mud In Great Barrier Reef Park

The dredging operation is part of a plan to expand a coal port in Queensland. Environmentalists have warned that dumping sediment could kill off delicate corals, but park officials said dredging would be "subject to strict environmental conditions."

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