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Italy's Berlusconi Given 4-Year Sentence For Tax Evasion; May Never Serve it

The appeals process may stretch the case beyond the statute of limitations. Meanwhile, Berlusconi is also on trial for allegedly paying for sex with a teenage girl and trying to cover it up.
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Mecca In Flux As Historic Sites Are Torn Down

Muslims from all over the world have journeyed to Mecca for the annual Hajj. But they may find that many of the buildings around the holy area are changing. Audie Cornish speaks with Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian's architecture critic, for more on what's happening to the buildings and land in Mecca.
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Syrian Government Agrees To Temporary Cease-Fire

The Syrian government has announced it will cease military operations for four days beginning tomorrow, to mark the beginning of Eid al-Adha. The Feast of Sacrifice is one of the holiest events on the Muslim calendar. The reaction from Syria's rebel forces has been mixed, with some commanders saying they will honor the truce but others insisting they won't. International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi proposed the ceasefire in hopes it would lead to negotiations on the political solution to the 19-month old conflict. As the truce was announced, heavy fighting continued in several areas, especially in Syria's largest city, Aleppo.
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Israel Operates Inside Sudan, Israeli Official Says

It's the first time an intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, has confirmed the Israeli military operates in the country. The comments come just days after the government in Khartoum accused Israel of bombing an arms factory. The Israeli government has refused to comment on the accusation.
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In A Tanzanian Village, Elephant Poachers Thrive

In an impoverished country, elephant poaching is a quick way to make big money. A pair of poachers explain how they track and kill elephants in one of Africa's top game reserves.

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