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Iran's Judo Champ Withdraws From Olympics, Ending Chance Of Facing Israeli

Iranian judo champion Javad Mahjoub will miss the London 2012 Olympics because of illness, according to reports. But few Olympic observers are worried about the health of Mahjoub, 21. Many see the withdrawal as a ploy to keep from competing against an Israeli.
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Kim Jong Un Has Married That Mystery Woman, North Korean TV Says

Figuring out who the woman is who's been seen with North Korea's leader has been difficult. But is it North Korean pop star Hyon Song-wol? And did they rekindled an old romance?
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Prevention Programs Curb New HIV Infections In South Africa

More than half a million South Africans were infected with HIV in 2000. Efforts to stem the virus since then have produced marked results in the number of new infections. But the total number of people with HIV in South Africa still isn't going down.
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Aleppo 'Cowers' As Fighting Flares In And Around Syria's Biggest City

Troops loyal to President Bashar Assad are reportedly descending on the city, which has already been the target of attacks from the air.
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In Syria's North, A Shadow State Emerges

As the Syrian regime recedes, a new state is forming among villages controlled by rebels in northern Syria, filling in the blanks with their own hospitals, courts and other institutions. The goal is to provide better governance, not just aid to rebels. But is it better than before?
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Taliban's 'Summer Offensive' Heats Up In Afghanistan

When the temperature rises in Afghanistan, so does the insurgency. Every summer the Taliban's tactics, targets and intensity are a little different. This year, IEDs are in season, attacks are up, and Afghan forces are suffering more casualties.
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Track The Spread Of AIDS Across The Globe

A handful of AIDS cases were first recognized in the U.S. at the beginning of the 1980s. By 1990, there was a pandemic. In 1997, more than 3 million people became newly infected with HIV. A multimedia chart lets you track the cases by country over time.
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Olympic Sports We Don't See Any More, And Why

The Olympic Games doesn't just seem like one of the most tradition-bound sporting events in the world — it is. But that doesn't mean the sporting events are written in stone. Some past duds:
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Two Former News Corp. Editors Face Hacking Charges

Two former News Corp. editors, Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, have been charged with crimes involving a phone hacking scandal. Coulson is also a former aide to the Prime Minister. There had previously been charges with interfering with the police investigation, but the new charges are directly involved with interfering with the phone messages at the heart of the scandal.

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