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'Vultures' Swoop In For Deals In Debt-Ridden Spain

Bargain-seeking investors known as "vultures" are circling Madrid, hoping a shakeout of the banking sector will yield deals at rock-bottom prices. As a condition of Spain's bailout, banks need to get rid of toxic assets such as devalued properties — even if it means taking a loss.
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Syrian Rebels Carve Buffer Zone Near Turkish Border

Syria's rebels have rarely been able to take and hold territory in their 16-month uprising against President Bashar Assad. But the rebels say they can now operate with relative freedom in one small pocket of northwest Syria, just inside the border from Turkey.
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Vigilantes Are Targeting Immigrants In Greece, Human Rights Watch Says

The watchdog group says beatings are becoming all-too-common as some groups take out their frustrations on newcomers. Amnesty International has also recently released a report criticizing Greek police for excessive violence against migrants.
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Is Kim Jong Un's Mystery Woman The 'Excellent Horse-Like Lady?'

It seems that North Korea's young leader may have reconnected with an old love. Observers think she's a singer who had some big hits in their famously secluded country.
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After Troops Leave, What Happens To Afghanistan?

New Yorker reporter Dexter Filkins just returned from his latest reporting trip to Afghanistan. "The United States is leaving: mission not accomplished," he writes.
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As Annan Seeks Help From Iran, Activists Say Syrian Death Toll Exceeds 17,000

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates around 12,000 of those killed have been civilians.
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With 15-Minute Session, Egypt's Parliament Defies High Court

Despite a court order disbanding the lower house, members met to approve a measure appealing that decision. There's a power struggle underway between newly elected leaders and Egypt's military generals.
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Batman is No Match For Physics

Batman may be able to save Gotham from villians but the rules of physics apply to him. Four British graduate students produced a paper called "Trajectory of a falling Batman." It says Batman could glide off a 500-foot building as he does in the 2005 movie but he'd hit the ground at a life-threatening 50 miles-per-hour.

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