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A Royal Baby On The Way In The U.K.

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, are expecting a baby. The child will be third in line and in direct succession to the throne. The announcement came after the duchess was admitted to a hospital in central London on Monday with acute morning sickness. The royal family had wanted to make the announcement later. The BBC reports that she is in the first trimester.
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A Battle For The Stolen Childhoods Of Kenyan Girls

Early marriages and the sex tourism trade are grave threats to girls growing up on Kenya's Swahili Coast. Families often sell their daughters into marriage; others push them into prostitution. A coalition of educators, religious and traditional leaders is fighting back.
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Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge, Is Pregnant

Prince William and Kate married in April 2011. Now, the future king and queen are expecting. Royal watchers can now go into a tizzy.

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A Syrian Tank Shells Turkey, Yet The Response Is Silence. Why?

Some Syrian military attacks on Turkey have drawn a harsh response. But in an incident over the weekend, the Turks chose to play it down. The episode shows the complicated nature of the battle.

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His Holiness Comes To Twitter: Pope Benedict Is '@Pontifex'

Beginning on Dec. 12, the Vatican says, Pope Benedict XVI will be answering questions about faith. Can he say much in 140 characters or less? Well, the Church does have Ten Commandments that each come in under that length.
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Egypt's Draft Constitution Divides Nation

President Mohammed Morsi is facing the biggest rebellion against his rule since assuming power in June. It started with a set of controversial decrees by the president that put him above the law until a constitution is in place. The move has polarized the country and every judge in the country is on strike. Critics say the president is pushing through an illegitimate constitution.
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More Israeli Settlements Could Scuttle Peace Plan

After the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to recognize the Palestinians as a non-member state, Israel announced it would expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. If completed, the project would effectively divide the West Bank in two, and mark the final blow to the two-state solution.

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