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Sarkozy Bans Cheese Course At Presidential Palace

The chef at the presidential palace recently revealed that Nicolas Sarkozy has said no to the cheese course after meals. He doesn't drink, so no wine for him either.
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Syria Says It Is Pulling Troops Back, Activists Say Army Continues To Attack

On this day when a U.N.-brokered cease-fire was supposed to go into effect in Syria, activists reported military attacks on two towns even as the government claimed its military forces have begun pulling out of some areas.
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Unemployed Greeks Look To Create Their Own Jobs

Many young Greeks are worried that the nation's economy will take years to recover. Some are leaving for jobs abroad, but a few are starting businesses in the midst of the worst recession in decades.
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Is The Old Regime Seeking A Comeback In Egypt?

The man who was one of Hosni Mubarak's leading confidants for years has now entered Egypt's presidential race. This has shaken up an already unpredictable contest and raised concerns among many Egyptians.
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Nuclear Challenges Continue In North Korea, Iran

The nuclear activities of both North Korea and Iran are in the news. North Korea is preparing for a long-range rocket launch later this week, and new satellite photos indicate Pyongyang may be preparing for an underground nuclear test as well. In Iran, Tehran has agreed to hold talks on its nuclear program with the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in Istanbul late this week. They would be the first such talks in more than a year, but prospects for success seem dim.
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US To Step Aside On Afghan Night Raids

U.S. and Afghan officials have worked out the details over controversial night raids against suspected Taliban fighters. Now, Afghan Special Forces will take over the raids, and the U.S. will offer support. The night raids were a source of great anger among Afghan people, who hated the Americans bursting into their compounds. The raids were the last stumbling block to a long-term strategic partnership that is expected to be announced at a NATO summit in Chicago in May. Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman tells the latest to Audie Cornish.
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British Terrorism Suspect Battles US Extradition

A European court on Tuesday will determine whether Babar Ahmad will be extradited to the United States to face terrorism charges. Ahmad is fighting the extradition, and appealed to be prosecuted in the U.K.

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