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French Media Report President Hollande Is Having An Affair

France's first lady is in the hospital — in shock — over reports that the president is having an affair with a much younger actress. At a news conference on Tuesday, Francois Hollande insisted his liaisons are his business. Still the White House might be wondering who will be beside Hollande as first lady when he comes to the U.S. next month.
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Russia Aims To Implement The Tightest Security In Olympic History

Russian officials say high-tech surveillance and the deployment of tens of thousands of troops are part of the most extensive Olympic security measures ever. The region surrounding host city Sochi is home to Europe's deadliest insurgency, and Islamist militants have proven their ability to strike.
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Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky

In a deal worth some $16 billion, Japanese beverage giant Suntory is buying Beam Inc., maker of Jim Beam bourbon and owner of well-known American brands such as Maker's Mark. Industry leaders say it's a reflection of bourbon's exploding popularity in Asian markets, but some wonder if the new owners will preserve bourbon's Kentucky heritage.
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Battery Problem Reported On Boeing Dreamliner In Japan

Reports of white smoke from a battery compartment have temporarily grounded a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Japan, nearly a year after all the new airliners were grounded due to a problem with batteries overheating. Tuesday's incident happened on an airliner at Tokyo's Narita Airport that had no passengers aboard.
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Doubt And Insecurity Loom As Egypt Goes To The Polls

Beginning Tuesday, Egyptians are going to the polls in a two-day referendum on a draft constitution. The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups are boycotting the vote, and fears of violence have meant heavy security at polling centers.
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On Third Anniversary, Tunisians May Get A Constitution

Celebrations in Tunisia on Tuesday are marking the third anniversary of the revolution that led to the ouster of its dictator and set in motion the regional uprisings of the Arab Spring. As huge crowds gather in the streets of the capital, members of the National Assembly are voting on a new constitution that has the approval of both secular groups, which are popular in the capital, and Islamists, whose strongholds are in the countryside. New parliamentary elections are expected later this year.
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Amid Resistance, Iranian Nuclear Deal Goes Into Effect

A six-month deal to negotiate a limit to Iran's nuclear program and loosen Western sanctions is set to go into effect on Monday. But resistance from hardliners in both the U.S. and Tehran could mean trouble for negotiations. Melissa Block talks with Iran analyst Robin Wright. Wright is just back from a reporting trip to Iran.
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Mistrust And Miscommunication Stand In The Way Of Afghan Deal

The U.S. and Afghanistan are mired in an ongoing standoff over a proposed long-term security agreement. Analysts say that part of the reason the two countries can't close the deal is because of a trust and communications gap. Despite 12 years of fighting the Taliban together, the two countries still have trouble understanding each other's politics and interests. And that could result in the U.S. withdrawing all troops by the end of this year.
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Weird Stuff World Leaders Give Each Other

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently gave Russia's foreign minister a couple of Idaho potatoes. That's just the latest in the pantheon of gifts to world leaders — from camels to bulletproof limos — where, no really, the giver shouldn't have.
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India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

A second allegation in as many months has ramped up calls for the country's Supreme Court to abide by its own 1997 ruling requiring panels in the workplace to hear harassment complaints.

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