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Contact Group To Focus On Syrian Political Transition

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has confirmed she will attend Saturday's meeting in Geneva of a new contact group on Syria. The meeting is aimed at halting the violence and facilitating a political transition in Damascus. Clinton's decision to attend came after Iran was dropped from the meeting, organized by special envoy Kofi Annan.
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Common-Law Marriage Suit Could Alter Canadian Law

A Canadian Supreme Court case has the potential to change marriage across the country. In the province of Quebec, partners in a common-law marriage have no legal obligation to support each other if they separate. But that law's validity came into question when the long time de-facto spouse of a Canadian billionaire demanded alimony payments.
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European Leaders Grapple With Eurozone Rescue

European Union leaders meet in Brussels for their latest summit aimed at saving the eurozone from financial meltdown. The top-level meeting will pit German chancellor Angela Merkel against her increasingly unified partners, France, Italy and Spain, which are determined to win concessions from Europe's economic powerhouse.
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Amid Fierce Debate, Japan To Restart Nuclear Plants

Since a massive earthquake and tsunami led to the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear reactors just over a year ago, Japan has closed all of its nuclear power plants. Despite public opposition, Japan has announced it will restart two of them by the end of July, ahead of summer's increased power demand.
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In A Syrian Souk, Support For The Regime Falters

The Muslim merchants of the country's most famous bazaar, Hamidiyah, have traditionally backed President Bashar Assad. But the government's brutal response to the uprising, coupled with crippling economic sanctions, is eroding that support.
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In France, A Star Rises From An Oft-Neglected Place

The Intouchables, a heartwarming comedy about a Paris aristocrat's friendship with the unemployed black man he hires as his aide, is an unlikely box-office hit in France. The film has produced an equally unlikely new movie star: Omar Sy, the son of African immigrants from a gritty Paris suburb.
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As Leaders Meet To Save Euro, Nations Face Trade-Off

Europe's leaders are gathering in Brussels to salvage the euro and work toward a tighter fiscal union. But coming together also requires a tough trade-off for each country: surrendering significant control of the national budget for greater economic stability.

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