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Boehner Invites Israel's Netanyahu To Address Congress On Iran

The White House, which was not informed of the invitation, called it a departure from diplomatic protocol. House Speaker John Boehner said, "Congress can make this decision on its own."
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The Challenge Of Fact-Checking North Korea

A prominent North Korean defector now says he made up some parts of his story. His case highlights the difficulties of pinning down information in a closed, secretive society.
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Anti-Islam Protesters Plan Massive Rally In Leipzig, Germany

As many as 60,000 people are expected to attend the rally, in what could be one of the biggest protests in the eastern German city since pro-democracy marches a quarter-century ago.
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Feeling Gloomy? Maybe Things On Earth Aren't As Bad As You Think

That's the view of Michael Elliott, head of Bono's anti-poverty group One and a delegate to Davos, where leaders and activists are gathering this week to hash out solutions to the world's ills.
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Shanghai Fires 4 Officials Over Fatal New Year's Eve Stampede

Investigators said the officials were off enjoying a banquet at an opulent Japanese restaurant during the stampede along the city's waterfront that killed three dozen people and injured 49 others.
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At Least 11 Israelis Stabbed Aboard Tel Aviv Bus

Three of those stabbed are said to have been seriously wounded. News reports say the assailant was shot in the leg while trying to escape. Israel is calling the incident a terrorist act.
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Shiite Houthi Rebels Tighten Grip On Yemen's Capital

The rebels reportedly took charge of a military base that houses ballistic missiles, a day after they seized the presidential palace in Sanaa and shelled the president's house.
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Oldest Woman In Scotland Knows The Secret To A Long Life

Jessie Gallan, 109, says her secret is a nice bowl of porridge every morning — and avoiding men.
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After Days Of Clashes, Rebels Seize Yemen's Presidential Palace

The presidential palace has been overrun by sectarian rebels. David Greene talks to Yara Bayoumy, of Reuters, about the rebels' attack and takeover of the presidential palace in the capital Sanaa.
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Shanghai Officials Fired Over Stampede That Killed 36

It was announced that the Huangpu District's Communist Party secretary, government chief, police chief and deputy police chief were fired and 7 other officials were demoted or otherwise disciplined.

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