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To Thy Own Selfie Be True, But Not In All Places At All Times

President Obama and other world leaders take a "selfie" at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, and first lady Michelle Obama seems less than thrilled with the president's posing.
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Lawmakers In Uruguay Vote To Legalize Pot

The country's President Jose Mujica says the prohibition of cannabis hasn't worked. The new law would allow the growing, selling and using of the drug.
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Ukrainian Police Dismantle Protest Camp In Central Kiev

Riot police in the capital dislodged protesters in Independence Square. Since last month, anti-government demonstrators have come out in force to oppose the president's move to back away from closer ties with the EU.
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Iran's Rouhani Needs A Nuke Deal To Balance Big Budget Cuts

President Hasan Rouhani has presented a draft budget for the coming Iranian fiscal year, which begins in March. It stands in stark contrast to the rosy revenue estimates and big-spending budgets of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Economists say in real terms, accounting for Iran's still-high inflation rate, the Rouhani budget is a whopping 70 percent smaller on the spending side. And despite the optimistic talk from Iran's oil minister, the budget does not assume any significant rise in oil and gas revenues. Analysts say Rouhani's clear-eyed fiscal approach is a welcome change. But it puts even more pressure on nuclear negotiators to reach a comprehensive agreement with six world powers that will lead to the lifting of oil and banking sanctions, so the private sector can begin to fill the void left by the shrinking public spending.
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Ex-Brazilian President Kubitschek Was Murdered, Commission Says

In Brazil, an investigative commission has released a report that says ex-president Juscelino Kubitschek, thought to have died in a 1976 car accident, was murdered by the 1970's military regime.
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Is Obama-Castro Handshake A Step Toward U.S.- Cuba Thaw?

President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela Tuesday. It is believed to be the first handshake between leaders of the two countries since President Clinton greeted Raul's brother Fidel Castro at a U.N. meeting in 2000.
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French-Backed Forces Try To Stem Bloodshed In CAR

French-backed African forces are making some headway to restore calm in the capital of Central African Republic. But humanitarian groups say the international response has been too slow as the conflict in the mineral-rich country takes on sectarian tones, pitting Muslims against Christians.
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Song, Dance And Rain As South Africa, World Bid Mandela Farewell

Thousands gathered to remember and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela Tuesday despite a downpour of rain. As one attendee said, "Mandela endured 27 years in prison. I can suffer through a day of rain."
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As Inflation Soars, Venezuela's Leader Opts For Drastic Steps

Inflation in Venezuela — which has hit 54 percent this year — is among the world's highest. Basic goods like toilet paper and milk are out of reach for the average consumer. Presidential orders for business owners to empty their warehouses and slash prices are delighting shoppers, but dismaying shop owners.
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Global Dignitaries Join Thousands Of South Africans To Say Goodbye To Mandela

Tens of thousands of South Africans, joined by global dignitaries, gathered at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium in Soweto Tuesday to honor Nelson Mandela, who died last week.

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