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Rebel Stronghold Falls To Syrian Government Forces

The district of Baba Amr in the city of Homs had been the heart of the Syrian uprising, where mass protests turned into an armed resistance. Activists say government troops are combing the area, arresting any male over the age of 12.
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Anti-American Rhetoric Grows Inside Pakistan

As relations between Pakistan and the United States have become more turbulent, Pakistani officials have shown new resolve not to be subservient to Washington. Earlier this week, top Pakistani government and military leaders gathered in Islamabad to discuss relations with the U.S.
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Looking For Elephant Ivory? Try China

As China grows richer, the demand is growing for elephant ivory smuggled from Africa. Despite occasional crackdowns and even prison sentences, it's not hard to find upscale Chinese shops that sell it.
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Putin Heavily Favored As Russians Pick A President

The critics of Vladimir Putin have been growing more vocal. But the current prime minister does not appear to face any serious challengers and looks set to win a third term as president as Russians choose a new leader in an election Sunday.
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Will The New AK-47 Be As Popular As The Original?

Russia is planning a Kalashnikov assault rifle redesign that would target the military market. But after 60 years of heavy use by armies, rebels and gangsters, the market may be saturated.

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