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Bond Auction Indicates Europe's Troubles Persist

A Spanish bond auction went poorly Wednesday, suggesting that Spain may be becoming the next Greece. It was the first auction without a lot of help from the European central bank.
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The Roots Of An Empire: Rupert Murdoch's Australia

News Corp., one of the world's major media powers, owns The Wall Street Journal and Fox News. In Britain, its powerful newspaper arm is at the heart of phone hacking and police bribery scandals. The driving force behind the company is its octogenarian chairman and CEO, Rupert Murdoch, whose story began in Australia.
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Two Decades After Siege, Sarajevo Still A City Divided

Twenty years ago this week, the Bosnian war began with the siege of Sarajevo, the longest in the history of modern warfare. The siege ended more than three years later, leaving 100,000 dead — the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II. Despite international intervention, ethnic fault lines in Bosnia remain deeply entrenched.
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Vatican, Israel Spar Over Disputed Last Supper Site

On Thursday, many Christians mark Holy Thursday, the day of Jesus' Last Supper. The site where that supper is said to have taken place, is venerated by Christians, Jews and Muslims. Israel controls the building, but the Vatican says it belongs to the church. The two sides have held talks for over two decades, and they may be near a deal.
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Fewer Tribal Ironworkers Reaching For The Sky

Mohawks from a small reserve outside Montreal have been building this country's skyscrapers and bridges since the 1900s. But with fewer Mohawks going into the trade, the tradition may be on the wane.
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Dreams Of A Mining Future On Hold In Afghanistan

Pie in the sky reports about vast mineral deposits of copper, iron, uranium and lithium are believed by many in Afghanistan to be the key to the country's future. But a Chinese copper mine east of Kabul is the only one optioned by an international company so far, and it's on hold.
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Greek Man Kills Himself Outside Parliament

Early Wednesday, an elderly man shot and killed himself outside the Greek parliament in Athens. Before taking his own life, the man told bystanders that debts had pushed him to the edge. Many Greeks say they see him as a symbol of how desperate they feel as austerity continues to strangle the economy.

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