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U.S. Aims For International Support In Action Against Syria

Secretary of State Kerry has pronounced an all-but-final U.S. verdict against the Syrian government for suspected use of chemical weapons in an "indiscriminate slaughter" of civilians. U.S. warships are within missile range, and U.S. envoys are talking to allies to see what kind of action they might support. David Greene talks to Frederic Hof, who was a special State Department adviser on Syria for the Obama administration. He is now a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.
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Beachgoers In Spain Face Invasion Of Jellyfish

Known for its sparkling turquoise waters and white sand, Spain's Mediterranean beaches are developing a new reputation — for a growing number of jellyfish. Scientists blame overfishing and, possibly, climate change for the spike in stinging invertebrates.
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Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel

Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus' belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.
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For Obama, Outrage Over Syria Is The Easy Part

The thorny issue of what to do about Syria makes President Obama's coming fiscal fights with congressional Republicans seem easy by comparison.
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'Braai Day' Aims To Bring S. Africans Together Over Barbecue

Jan Scannell is a 32-year-old former accountant with a dream: to establish a national holiday in South Africa like July 4 called Braai Day. Braai is a South African barbecue of meat or vegetables over wood embers.
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Months After Night Club Kidnapping, Bodies Found In Mexico

In Mexico City, there's a sad conclusion to a mass abduction of 12 youth abducted in May from a bar near a popular tourist destination. Authorities say they have identified 10 of the missing youth among bodies found in a mass grave outside the capital.
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Finns Dominate Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship

The 2013 Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships in Finland have crowned a winner in the Women's category — Asa Lundgren from Sweden. Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel have more.
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Kerry: Syria Has To Be Held Accountable For Chemical Weapons

Even as United Nations inspectors try to determine whether and what kind of chemical weapons were used in Syria last week, international diplomats are trying to determine how to respond. Russia has made clear it wants no part of any intervention. It is a veto holder on the UN Security Council, so there's no chance the UN will authorize military force. If the U.S. and its partners want to act, they will have to do so without UN legal cover.
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U.S. May Fire Cruise Missiles On Syrian Military

The Obama administration is considering military action against Syria. The debate over what to do follows the possible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government last week.
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What Are The U.S. Options In Syria?

The Obama administration is under pressure to act against Syrian President Bashar Assad following last week's report of the use of chemical weapons by his regime. The U.S. says it's looking at all options in Syria.

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