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Recordings Capture Murdoch's Anger At 'Sun' Investigations

Newly released audio tapes capture News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch expressing contempt at the investigation that has embroiled his top-selling newspaper in corruption charges in the U.K. Murdoch was recorded saying he probably panicked by cooperating so fully with Scotland Yard — and told reporters at the Sun that paying cops for information has been a practice in the British press for more than a century.
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Egyptian Ambassador: 'It's Not A Military Coup'

Robert Siegel speaks with Egypt's ambassador to the United States, Mohamed Tawfik, following the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
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Morsi's Ousting Prompts Strong Reactions Around Middle East

The immediate reaction to the military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi reveals how political and religious fault lines have shifted in the region. Saudi Arabia, an Islamist theocracy, quickly praised the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group Riyadh sees as a rival. Also cheering was Syria's Bashar al-Assad, whom the Saudis are trying to help force from power. Assad declared that the Egyptian coup marks "the fall of political Islam." Turkey, ruled by a party with roots in political Islam, voiced dismay at the developments, which echo the military coups that plagued Turkey from 1960 through the end of the 20th century. As in Egypt, the Turkish military was deeply entrenched in economic and political life, and analysts suggest that if history is any guide, Egyptians now face a long uncertain road ahead.
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Florida Family, Historic Yacht Presumed Lost Off New Zealand

An intense search for an American family sailing the rough seas between New Zealand and Australia has ended after two weeks of fruitless attempts to find their sailboat.
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Turmoil In Egypt

With Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi deposed and dozens of protesters dead after clashes with the military, the nation is once again in a state of turmoil. The unfolding events in Egypt and implications for U.S. policy.

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Farming Got Hip In Iran Some 12,000 Years Ago, Ancient Seeds Reveal

Archaeologists had considered Iran unimportant in the history of farming – until now. Ancient seeds and farming tools uncovered in Iran reveal Stone Age people there were growing lentils, barley and other crops. The findings offer a snapshot of a time when humans first started experimenting with farming.
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In Honduran Crimes, Police Are Seen As Part Of The Problem

Honduras is the murder capital of the world, according to U.N. figures. Its police and military remain weak despite U.S. assistance earmarked for improving law enforcement. Critics say the security forces are involved in widespread corruption and violence.
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Pope John Paul II Will Be Made A Saint

Theologians recently attributed a second miracle — the curing of a Costa Rican woman with a brain injury — to Pope John Paul II. The Vatican announced Friday that Pope John XXIII a saint.
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Fancy Table Setting Sells For $3 Million At Auction

Back in 1922, the Maharaja of Patiala commissioned a new dining set ahead of a visit to India by the Prince of Wales. That silver-gilt set — 1,400 pieces — has sold at auction for $3 million. The prince later became King Edward VIII.
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Egypt On Edge: Protests, Some Deaths After Morsi's Ouster

The Muslim Brotherhood calls for a "day of rage." The army moves to respond. Egyptians fear violent clashes as the repercussions of President Mohammed Morsi's ouster continue to be felt.

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