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The Inquisition: A Model For Modern Interrogators

The Inquisition revolutionized record-keeping and surveillance techniques that are still used today, says Cullen Murphy. His new book God's Jury draws parallels between some of the interrogation techniques used in previous centuries with the ones used today.
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Syria Rejects Arab League Plan To Quell Fighting

The Arab League has launched a new plan to stop the crisis in Syria. The plan was announced in Cairo by the premier of Qatar. It comes after the Arab League's own observers completed a month-long mission in Syria.
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Unrest Shakes Up Politics In Russia

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected to win the presidential election in March. But many Russians are angry over alleged ballot rigging during recent parliamentary elections and the way Putin has maneuvered to return to the office he held from 2000 to 2008.
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Should The West Intervene In Syria?

Since protests began in Syria last March, it is estimated that more than 5,400 people have been killed. Some believe it is now time for Western intervention to help stop what appears to be a brewing civil war.
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Mexican Cousins Keep Romney's Family Tree Rooted

Mitt Romney's forebears migrated south of the border in the late 1800s, but most returned to the U.S., fleeing the violence of the Mexican revolution. One branch of the family found their way back to Mexico and follow their cousin's campaign with pride.
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Greek Village's Muslim Culture Clashes With Athens

Komotini is a village in the Greek province of Thrace. Its Muslim population dates back to the time of Ottoman occupation. They still speak Turkish and Shariah law still applies to Muslim residents in family matters, a state of affairs that has inflamed some politicians in Athens. Meanwhile, residents say their bigger problem is poverty.
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EU Reacts To Hungary's Media Crackdown

Klubradio is one of Hungary's only remaining independent broadcasters, but it may soon go silent. The station's struggles are emblematic of the Hungarian government's crackdown on civil liberties. The European Union is so worried that last week it issued a warning to Hungary: Revise your new constitution to comply with EU laws or leave the EU.

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