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'Diamond Jubilee' Marks 60 Years Of Queen Elizabeth

Monday marks 60 years since the death of King George VI and the ascendancy of a young Elizabeth to the throne. Her reign has been one of the longest in British history, second only to Queen Victoria.
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High Tensions Continue in Persian Gulf

Iran continues to stage military maneuvers amid its threats to close the vital oil shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz. And Israel continues to mull a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, while politicians are urging Washington to show Tehran that it faces a credible military threat.
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First Barbie, Now Bart Simpson Is Banned In Iran

"Cowabunga dude!" Maybe Bart and Barbie will get a chance to hang out together. They're both apparently too Western for Iranian authorities. Spiderman and Superman are OK, though, because they "help oppressed people."
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The 'Responsibility To Protect' In Syria And Beyond

After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, world leaders vowed that such mass atrocities could never be allowed to happen again. In 2005, the U.N. adopted the Responsibility to Protect, a set of principles to guide the response of the international community if a government fails to protect its population.
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Obama Signs Order Extending Sanctions To Property Of Iranian Government

The order accuses Iran of using "deceptive practices ... to conceal transactions of sanctioned parties" and says there is an "unacceptable risk posed to the international financial system by Iran's activities."
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Queen Elizabeth Celebrates 60 Years On The Throne

Elizabeth was just 25 and visiting the then-colony of Kenya, when word came her father the King had died. The royals will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee by visiting the nations that once made up the British empire.

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