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Swedish High School Flubs Graduation Requirement

School officials broke the news to seniors that they forgot to offer a religion course that's required for students to graduate. The school admits fault. The principal said to graduate on time, seniors had just a few days to complete all the requirements for the yearlong course.
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U.S. Drone Strike Hits Taliban Stronghold In Pakistan

There was a U.S. drone strike Wednesday in a Taliban stronghold of northern Pakistan, killing at least four people. It was the first strike since President Obama's speech last Thursday announcing that the use of drones would be scaled back to limit civilian casualties. It's also the first strike since Pakistan held elections earlier this month.
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Pope Francis: Even Atheists Can Be Redeemed

After the popes comments, headlines proclaimed, "Even Atheists Can Go To Heaven." A Vatican spokesman quickly intervened and said this was not the case. Still, the remarks were in keeping with a pope who is emphasizing inclusiveness and wants to speak to a global audience that reaches far beyond the Catholic Church.
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Al-Qaida Letter Reprimands Difficult Employee

While AP West Africa Bureau Chief Rukmini Callimachi was covering the French military intervention in Mali, she gathered six trash bags full of abandoned al-Qaida documents from buildings used by the organization. Included was a copy of a scathing letter sent to Moktar Belmoktar, which described him as a prima donna. He later quit the organization and formed his own group — carrying out attacks that killed 101 people.
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Opposition In Syria Stalls Peace Talks Decision

Syria's fractious opposition is struggling to reach a consensus on peace talks with the Assad government, ahead of an international conference next month in Geneva engineered by the U.S. and Russia. Members have been arguing over who should hold the reins of power within the coalition.
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China's Leaders Promise To Speed Up Economic Growth

The Communist Party's new leadership has pledged to change China's slowing economy by putting a greater emphasis on private enterprise and reining in huge but far less profitable state-owned businesses. Economists say the party has no choice but to update if it wants to stay in power, but they doubt that a genuine overhaul is in the works.

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