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In South Sudan, Cows Are Cash And Source Of Friction

In South Sudan, a man's worth is measured by bovine wealth, and ever-increasing dowries are paid in cows. Cattle-rustling is an age-old problem. But recently, these raids have become markedly more violent, and the new nation is having difficulty stopping them.
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Asked To Spy On Rebels, Syrian Soldier Becomes One

Ra'ed was 19 when he was drafted into Syria's elite Republican Guard unit two years ago. The Sunni Muslim conscript says his commanders, who were Alawites, never trusted him. He was asked to pose as a defector, and ultimately he joined their cause. Now in Lebanon, he fears being returned home, where he believes he would be killed.
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'No Terrorists Here': Sinai Residents Fear Crackdown

Egyptian security forces are conducting a major campaign in the peninsula after a deadly attack by masked gunmen on a border post earlier this month. While the government says it will deal with the threat, Sinai residents worry that they will be blamed, targeted and abused as a result of the assault.
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Creating A Schwenker World, One Backyard Grill At A Time

It sounds a little dirty, but a schwenker is just a German word for a swinging grill that looks like a tripod, set over charcoal. Schwenker evangelists are spreading the word about this unique grill around the world.
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Militants Attack Pakistani Air Base

News reports say the militants are heavily armed and include suicide bombers. No casualties have been reported. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack on the base, which is about 50 miles from the capital, Islamabad.
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India's Planned Mars Mission Irks Critics

India turned 65 on Wednesday, and amid the great pomp and ceremony of National Day celebrations, the prime minister announced plans for a mission to Mars. India plans to send a research satellite to the Red Planet in November next year — at a cost of $82 million. Critics say the money would be better spent on the nation's creaky infrastructure, and connecting the 400 million Indians who are not on the national electricity grid.

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