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Brazil Seeks To Avoid Own Goal Ahead Of World Cup

The country is preparing to host the 2014 World Cup by refurbishing its stadiums for soccer's biggest event. But some of the venues are behind schedule and the preparations are costing taxpayers more than they expected. Some now wonder if all of the fanfare is worth the effort.
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U.S. Faces Fight At Intersection Of Crime And Extremism

The Justice Department says about half of all international criminal organizations have links to extremist groups, such as Hezbollah, the Taliban and FARC rebels in Colombia. But diffuse priorities are hindering U.S. efforts to combat this growing problem of transnational, organized crime.
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He Helped Discover Evolution, And Then Became Extinct

Charles Darwin is known as the father of evolution. But another British naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, played a major role in developing the theory of natural selection before fading into obscurity. A trip to what's now Sulawesi in Indonesia, and the unique animals he found there, helped form his seminal ideas.
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Vibrant 'Club' Links Two Countries In Award-Winning Book

Benjamin Alire Saenz won this year's PEN/Faulkner award for his latest collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. The real-life Kentucky Club is just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, and Saenz joined a reporter there to talk about life in two countries.
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Cargo Plane Crash In Afghanistan Kills 7

Officials are still trying to determine the reason for the crash north of Kabul, but they say there's no indication of hostile fire. There's no word yet on the nationalities of the dead.
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Europe Bans Pesticides In Move To Protect Honey Bees

Three popular pesticides are being banned in the European Union, where officials are hoping the change helps restore populations of honey bees, vital to crop production, to healthy levels.
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U.N. Aid Workers Not Prepared For Chemical Weapons In Syria

The head of the U.N. refugee agency says aid workers are not at all prepared for the possibility of chemical warfare in Syria. That's just one of the concerns aid workers have in what they call the worst humanitarian disaster in recent decades. Eight thousand Syrians are fleeing every day and the world has focused much more on planning for the day after Bashar al-Assad is toppled rather than on dealing with the humanitarian catastrophes of today.
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U.S. Tries To Restore Ties Between Turkey And Israel

Turkish and Israeli delegations are discussing compensation for families of the nine activists killed aboard the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara when Israeli commandos boarded the ship off the Gaza coast in 2010. The talks are part of an effort by Washington, D.C., to restore normal ties between two of its allies, but the process faces a number of pitfalls. Several families of the aid ship victims say they don't want compensation until Israeli restrictions on Gaza are lifted, something Israel has not offered and is unlikely to do while Hamas remains in charge of Gaza.

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