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Italian Yacht Owners Weigh Anchor To Dodge Taxes

Italy is cracking down on notoriously wily tax evaders in an effort to reduce its huge debt. Yacht owners have become a prime target, with authorities conducting surprise dockside inspections. But many boat owners have taken pre-emptive measures and simply sailed off into the Mediterranean.
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Russian Rockers Get Prison Sentences

Three members of Russia's Pussy Riot rock band were sentenced to two years in jail. The women were found guilty of hooliganism connected to "religious hatred."
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In S. Africa Protest Shooting, An Echo Of The Past?

Melissa Block speaks with Lydia Polgreen, Johannesburg bureau chief for The New York Times, about the protest by workers at a South African platinum mine, which turned bloody when police began shooting on the crowd. More than 30 people were killed and more than 70 wounded.
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Afghan Attacks On Western Partners Rising Sharply

A few years ago, it was rare to hear of assaults by men in Afghan security uniforms against NATO troops. But this year, such shootings account for more than 10 percent of the deaths among coalition troops in Afghanistan. Some are carried out by Taliban infiltrators; but others appear to stem from personal disputes.
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D.C. Area Artists Outraged Over Pussy Riot Verdict

A judge's two-year sentence for the all-girl Russian punk band Pussy Riots has sparked outage from around the world.

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