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North Korea Still Gets Propaganda Mileage Out Of U.S. Spy Ship

The USS Pueblo, captured by North Korea in 1968, is expected to be the centerpiece of the country's "Victory Day" ceremonies marking the armistice that officially ended hostilities with the South.
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Snowden Wouldn't Face Death Penalty, Holder Tells Russia

The U.S. wants Russia to send the "NSA leaker" home for prosecution. In a letter to his Russian counterpart, Attorney General Eric Holder gives what he says are assurances that Edward Snowden should not be "treated as a refugee or granted asylum."
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Egypt Charges Morsi With Conspiracy And Murder

The charges against the ousted Egyptian leader stem from his 2011 escape from prison in the final days of the Hosni Mubarak regime.
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Indian School Deaths: A Village's Pain Compounded By Poverty

An Indian village is mourning the loss of 23 children who ate a tainted school lunch. Its residents, like hundreds of millions who inhabit rural India, live in the shadows of the country's economic rise.
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If You Think The French President Is 'Stupide,' Just Say So

France's parliament has bowed to European Union pressure and removed a 130-year-old ban on "offending the head of state."
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Jason Matthews: "Red Sparrow"

A debut spy novel by a 33-year veteran of the CIA. The book pits a beautiful Russian intelligence officer, a trained seductress, against a rookie American agent.

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New Details On The Scope Of NSA Surveillance

The National Security Agency's surveillance network can tap into about 75 percent of all U.S. Internet traffic. New details on how the program operates and its reach into the communications of ordinary Americans.

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Call Clouseau! 'Pink Panther' Thief Escapes From Swiss Jail

Three members of a gang that gets its name from the famous movies have now escaped custody. Oh, if only the famous French detective were around to track the down.
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In Germany, A Car Pool That Actually Involves Water

A group of men in Germany tried to beat the summer heat by converting an open-top BMW into a pool — complete with tiki decorations and still drivable. The fun dried up when they passed a motorcycle cop. They pulled over, abandoned the vehicle and jumped into a nearby river. The investigation is still ongoing, but the police did say this car pool probably didn't have a road permit.
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Insulting The French President Is No Longer Always A Crime

On Thursday, the French parliament got rid of an old law from the 1880s that made insulting the president in public an automatic criminal offense. That's good news for former President Nicolas Sarkozy. He apparently called his successor, President Francois Hollande, a "ridiculous little fat man who dyes his hair."

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