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US, Syrian Diplomats Clash as Conference Begins – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalMONTREUX, Switzerland—U.S. and Syrian diplomats clashed sharply at the opening of a long-awaited international conference aimed at ending the Syrian civil war, at odds over Western demands that President Bashar al-Assad be removed from power.UN chief’s bungled Iran invitation hurts his roleFox NewsRaw: UN Chief, Syrian FM have tense exchangeUSA TODAYSyria, exile opposition […]

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China cracks down on media coverage as activist goes on trial – CNN

CNNBeijing (CNN) — A high-profile Chinese activist has gone on trial in Beijing, accused of organizing protests against official corruption, his lawyer told CNN. Xu Zhiyong is accused of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order” after a series of small protests when …CNN, BBC Reporters Covering China Activist Trial Manhandled on Live TVTIMEChina activist […]

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UN panel grills Vatican officials about abuse of children – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesROME — In their toughest and most public questioning to date about sexual abuse of children by the clergy, senior Vatican officials came under heavy criticism Thursday from a United Nations committee over their handling of such cases and promised that …Vatican Comes Under Sharp Criticism for Sex AbuseABC NewsVatican forced to answer […]

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Report cards: 49ers make grade by starting hot in cold – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe San Francisco 49ers traveled to the proverbial “frozen tundra of Lambeau Field” (no, seriously it was freezing) and ground out a 23-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Below are grades for each team. THE Q: Kaepernick has playoff instinct to win.Odds and ends: Crabtree’s healthy return lifts 49ersChicago TribuneSan Francisco 49ers receiver […]

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BlackBerry Sues Seacrest’s Typo Over IPhone Case Design – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle(Updates with excerpt from complaint in second paragraph.) Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) — BlackBerry Ltd., the smartphone maker that has lost business to Apple Inc. and Google Inc., sued Ryan Seacrest’s Typo Products LLC alleging it copied designs for a keyboard …BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo iPhone keyboard, alleges patent …Apple InsiderBlackBerry suing Typo, […]

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Third icebreaker in route to rescue stranded Antarctic research team – Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science MonitorA Chinese icebreaker that was en route to rescue a ship trapped in Antarctic ice was forced to turn back on Saturday after being unable to push its way through the heavy sea ice. Skip to next paragraph. Related stories …Icebreaker trying to reach trapped ship in Antarctica also stonewalled by iceCNNStranded Antarctic […]

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Russia Drops Charges Against All Arctic Activists – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyRussia has completed the process of formally dropping criminal charges against all Greenpeace activists arrested in a protest over Arctic oil drilling. Charges against Italian Cristian D’Alessandro, the last of 30 activists and crew members of the Arctic Sunrise …Russia Drops Criminal Charges Against Greenpeace ActivistsTIMEActivist Jonathan Jon Beauchamp at a detention hearing at the […]

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Egypt jails three activists over unauthorised protest – Financial Times

Financial TimesThree leading figures in Egypt’s 2011 revolution have been given prison sentences just weeks after their arrest on charges of holding an unauthorised protest and attacking police officers as the military-backed authorities extend their crackdown beyond …Egypt Jails Secular Activists Under New Law Restricting ProtestsWall Street JournalEgypt activists get three years in prison for […]

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National Basketball Association Game Capsules – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribunePhiladelphia, PA Sports.com —. Evan Turner’s runner as time expired hit every part of the rim before falling through as the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a seven-game losing streak and topped the Brooklyn Nets, 121-120, in overtime. The Sixers went in front …NBA roundup: Turner hits OT winner, 76ers tops Nets 121-120Boston HeraldSixers’ Evan Turner […]

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Splitting books into separate movies is an easy way for studios to cash in more … – Diamondback Online

Diamondback Online“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened Friday, and J.R.R. Tolkien fans everywhere rejoiced. However, when director Peter Jackson released The Lord of the Rings movies, his source material was twice as long. So why, then, does a roughly 320-page …‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’: Did it pursue the best strategy?Los Angeles Times‘Hobbit’ hits $73.7M […]

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Thai opposition party quitting Parliament – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s main opposition party announced Sunday its members were resigning en masse from Parliament to protest a government they claim is illegitimate, a move sure to deepen the country’s latest political crisis. Democrat Party …Thai Leader Yingluck Shinawatra Says Instability May Drag OnWall Street JournalYingluck Offers to Hold Thai Referendum on […]