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Assad's 'Shabiha' Terrorize Syrians After Shelling

The Shabiha are Syrian paramilitary fighters largely from Bashar Assad's Alawite sect that have become an instrumental part of the Syrian regime's effort to crush that country's uprising. Eye-witness accounts detail the plainclothes fighters working in tandem with the Syrian military and brutally slaughtering men, women and children in rebel strongholds. Robert Siegel talks with Andrew Tabler, senior fellow with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, about who the Shabiha are and how they operate.
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Mexicans Want New Approach To Bloody Drug War

President Felipe Calderon has confronted the drug cartels head-on, and more than 50,000 people have died in recent years. As Mexicans get ready to pick a new president, many are looking for an approach that can lower the level of violence.
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How 'Flame' Malware Hijacks A Computer

Russian antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab has discovered a piece of malware infecting computers mostly in the Middle East. Flame eavesdrops on conversations, takes screenshots and steals data from infected computers without being detected. Wired's Kim Zetter discusses how the malicious code works.
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'She Hit Me First,' Greek Slapper Says

Sounding something like a first grader, far-right politician Ilias Kasidiaris argues that since he didn't start it, he shouldn't be arrested for a fracas that's gone viral.
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Results of the Greek Elections and the Future of the Euro Zone

Europe is in a state of anxiety over the future of the euro zone. Greek election results and new measures in England, Spain and elsewhere to ease the economic crisis.

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Dry Cleaner Opens In World's Most Dangerous City

This week, a dry cleaner opened in the ruined Somali capital of Mogadishu. It's the first dry cleaner, according to the BBC, in the 25 years since the city has been overrun by warlords and al-Qaida-linked militants.
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Reports Swirl That Spain Will Seek Bailout

One day after seeing its sovereign debt downgraded to just above junk status, Spain is dealing with reports that it's about to ask the other eurozone nations to help rescue its beleaguered banks.
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Blood, Flesh, Gore At Site Of Suspected Massacre In Syria

There's evidence of "serious violence" at a village where activists say dozens died. United Nations monitors and journalists reached the scene today. The killings reportedly happened on Wednesday.

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