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Cancellation Of Putin Meeting Highlights U.S.-Russia Tensions

President Obama has decided against a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in September. The two leaders had tentatively planned to get together for talks in Moscow after they attend the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg. A key reason that Washington scuttled the summit was Putin's decision to grant temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. American authorities want him returned to the U.S. to stand trial. A White House statement acknowledged that the U.S. and Russia have made progress on some issues, but not so much on others. In a statement, President Obama said "given our lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control, trade and commercial relations, global security issues, and human rights and civil society in the last twelve months, we have informed the Russian Government that we believe it would be more constructive to postpone the summit until we have more results from our shared agenda."
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Egyptian Military Warns Of Crackdown On Morsi Supporters

The military-backed interim government in Egypt says diplomatic efforts to resolve the stand-off with the Muslim Brotherhood have failed. The declaration has raised fears that the security forces may move soon against the sit-in camps, set up by supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.
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3 Extradition Cases That Help Explain U.S.-Russia Relations

U.S.-Russian relations suffered a blow when President Obama pulled out of a planned bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Edward Snowden situation. But the two countries have been here before.
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Migrants Flock To Russia, But Receive A Cool Welcome

Like the U.S., Russia has a large and unresolved problem with illegal immigration. Russia's working-age population is declining, and the country needs workers. But the influx of migrants, especially from Central Asia, is generating friction.
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Why Were The Baboons So Sad? Many Theories, No Answers

At a zoo in the Netherlands, 112 baboons suddenly started acting oddly. They turned their backs to visitors. They moped around. They didn't want to eat. It was a week before they got back to normal. Were they upset by a storm or an earthquake that people didn't feel? Maybe aliens? It's a mystery.
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'It's Too Hot': Shanghai Wilts In Record-Setting Heat Wave

Usually bustling streets are nearly empty at noon, and thousands have gone to hospitals for relief. China's National Meteorological Center says the long-running heat wave is driven by a variety of factors, including climate change, as well as Shanghai's construction density, growing population and shrinking green space.
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Should The U.S. Speak Up, Or Keep Mum, On Terrorism Threats?

It is a recurring question for the U.S. government as it tries to weigh the need to warn the public of potential threats, while also trying to quietly track terrorists.
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The Road That Gives Electric Vehicles A Charge

In South Korea, a new type of charging road — power, not tolls — allows electric vehicles to be recharged whether they're parked or on the move. A city flipped the switch on a road this week to power commuter buses on an inner city route.
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A Patch Designed To Make You Invisible To Mosquitoes

A small, square sticker called the Kite Patch promises to keep mosquitoes away by sending out chemicals that block the bug's ability to sense humans. The inventors say it could be a game changer in the way we prevent mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus.
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Oh Snap! U.S. Tourist Breaks Finger Off 600-Year-Old Statue

At a museum in Florence, Italy, an American apparently broke a cardinal rule: he touched a statue of the Virgin Mary. It's not clear how much it will cost to repair.

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