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Hollande: France Seeks to Preserve CAR Unity – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaFrench President Francois Hollande visited the Central African Republic Friday, and pledged to help hold the war-torn country together amid a wave of sectarian violence. Mr. Hollande met with French peacekeeping troops and C.A.R. transitional President …Hollande calls for unity in CARThe HinduFrance striving to stop Central African Republic split, Hollande saysswissinfo.chCentral African […]

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Crimea’s Bloody Past Is a Key to Its Present – New York Times

New York TimesThe Crimean War ensnared Russia, the Ottoman Empire, France, Britain and Sardinia. Credit Hulton-Deutsch Collection, via Corbis. the main story. the main story. the main story Share This Page.New Ukraine flashpoint: Pro-Russia gunmen seize Crimean parliament (+video)Christian Science MonitorOusted Ukraine leader Yanukovych re-emergesAFPBiden: US Supports Ukraine’s New GovernmentVoice of AmericaBloomberg –NPR –Businessweekall 3,829 […]

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Chris Christie’s Sandy Problem – NPR

NPRNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing criticism over what was once a source of his political strength — his handling of Superstorm Sandy. While national attention focuses on accusations that the governor’s top aides created traffic jams to punish …Chris Christie seeks business as usual as approval rating sinksCBS NewsChris Christie calls for pension […]

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Mary Grace Canfield, Ralph Monroe On ‘Green Acres’, Dies At 89 – NPR

NPRMary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show Green Acres, has died. She was 89. Her daughter, Phoebe Alexiades, says Canfield died of lung cancer on Saturday at a hospice in the …Mary Grace Canfield, ‘Green Acres’ actress, dies at 89American Live Wire‘Green Acres’ Star Mary Grace […]

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Scores of SA miners feared trapped – BBC News

BBC NewsScores of illegal miners are feared trapped in an abandoned gold shaft near Johannesburg, South African emergency officials say. Emergency services told Reuters that they were communicating with a group of 30 miners trapped near the top of the mine by …200 feared trapped in South African illegal gold mine: RescuersTimes of IndiaHundreds of […]

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Turkish lawmakers brawl, then pass law – CNN

CNNIstanbul (CNN) — After a hard-fought battle — one that landed a lawmaker in the hospital — Turkey’s parliament in Ankara voted Saturday to approve anti-corruption measures. The approval, by a vote of 210-28, came a day after parliament erupted in a brawl …Turkish PM tightens grip on judiciary in parliament voteIrish TimesTurkish MPs pass […]

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‘The Hindus’: Penguin warns of ‘intolerant’ laws – Times of India

Times of IndiaNEW DELHI: Under criticism for withdrawing American scholar Wendy Doniger’s book ‘The Hindus: An Alternative History’ from the country, Penguin Books India on Friday said it had an obligation to respect laws even if they were “intolerant and restrictive”.The Hindus: An Alternative History: Penguin blames ‘intolerant’ Indian laws for …Daily MailWhy Free Speech […]

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Super Bowl 2014: Seattle trounces Denver, 43-8 – CBS News

CBS NewsThe Seahawks won their first Super Bowl crown in overpowering fashion, punishing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, 43-8. That masterful defense, the NFL’s stingiest, never let the five-time Most Valuable Player get going, disarming the …The Failure Was TotalThe MMQBBroncos, Peyton Manning struggle in Super Bowl blowout by SeahawksDenver PostPeyton Manning, Denver can’t […]

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Is It Love, or Stockholm Syndrome? – New York Times

New York TimesJosh Brolin is an escaped criminal, and Kate Winslet plays a hostage of sorts in “Labor Day,” directed by Jason Reitman. Dale Robinette/Paramount Pictures. The heaving, bubbling euphemism driving Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day” is a juicy homemade peach …‘Labor Day’ is a recipe for boredom (C)Dallas Morning News‘Labor Day,’ movie reviewNew York Daily […]

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Pakistan guards die escorting Spain cyclist Javier Colorado – BBC News

BBC NewsGunmen have shot dead at least six guards who were escorting a Spanish cyclist through Pakistan’s volatile Balochistan province. They were about 50km (31 miles) west of the provincial capital Quetta, in the district of Mastung, when they were ambushed.Spanish Cyclist’s Convoy Attacked in Western PakistanVoice of AmericaMastung massacre: Families refuse to bury dead; […]

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Rabbit hidden in ear of Nelson Mandela statue – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCheck out your photo or video now, and look for it in USA TODAY online, mobile, and print editions. View Your Contribution. Oops! Your submission didn’t go through. Please try again. Verifying your credentials… Please wait. Uh oh! We’re experiencing a few …Quirky bunny on Mandela statue causes stirWashington PostSculptors Apologise for Mandela RabbitAllAfrica.comMandela […]

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High stakes, low expectations for Syria peace talks – CNN International

CNN International(CNN) — A new peace conference aimed at ending Syria’s civil war convenes Wednesday in Switzerland, where the international community hopes to apply a tourniquet to the Middle East’s worst open wound. Here’s a quick thumbnail guide to the conference:.Iran, Disinvited From Syria Talks, Says Opponents Will Regret ItNew York TimesAssad Focuses on Fighting […]

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French Respect Hollande Privacy Except When They Don’t (Correct) – Businessweek

BusinessweekFor all the French public’s assertions that President Francois Hollande has the right to a private life, it hasn’t given up its prurient curiosity. According to an Ifop poll, 77 percent say that President Francois Hollande’s reported affair with an actress is a personal …Hollande ducks First Lady Valerie Trierweiler questionBBC NewsSurprise! Fran├žois Hollande-Julie Gayet […]

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‘Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music’: Houston’s Mexican Mass – NPR

NPRIt’s a musical tradition found in Mexican-American enclaves mostly in southwestern U.S. cities. The mariachi Mass brings an ensemble of garishly dressed folk musicians — with their guitars, trumpets and violins — right down to the front of the church …‘Our Soul Is Mariachi Music’: Houston’s Mexican MassKRVS all 4 news articles …read more Source: […]

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3 Turkish Cabinet ministers resign over probe – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Three Cabinet ministers resigned in Turkey on Wednesday, days after their sons were taken into custody in a sweeping corruption and bribery scandal that has targeted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s allies in one of the …Dozens detained in Turkish graft probeCNN InternationalTurkish environment minister resigns over graft probe, calls […]

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Peyton Manning’s Record* Means Little If He Doesn’t Win Super Bowl – Bleacher Report

Bleacher ReportHe passed Tom Brady for the most touchdown passes in a season—a record set just six years ago—with 51. Incredible. Better than incredible. He’s like a human Madden. Look up “video game” in the dictionary and there’s a picture of Manning, football in …Peyton Manning is great, a Super Bowl is betterUSA TODAYBroncos Playoffs: […]

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WATCH: A ‘Mistletoe Drone’ Descends On San Francisco – NPR (blog)

WATCH: A ‘Mistletoe Drone’ Descends On San FranciscoNPR (blog)Most would agree: We don’t usually think of drones as charming. But two artists — George Zisiadis and Mustafa Khan — have produced a piece of performance art that mixes the unmanned aerial vehicle with a long-loved holiday tradition. The artists … and more …read more Source: […]

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2 Members of Pussy Riot Freed Under Amnesty Law – New York Times

New York TimesMOSCOW — Two women from the punk group Pussy Riot serving two-year prison terms for staging a protest performance against President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral were released on Monday under a new amnesty law.Pussy Riot member released from prisonUSA TODAYPussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina freed in RussiaBBC News2 jailed members […]

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Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky reunited with family – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBERLIN (AP) — The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia. Khodorkovsky, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was …Khodorkovsky Reunites With FamilyWall Street JournalUPDATE 1-Freed from jail, Khodorkovsky reunited with family in BerlinReutersMikhail […]

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Arrest, detention of Indian diplomat in New York triggers uproar – CNN

CNN(CNN) — The arrest and detention of an Indian consular official in New York on visa fraud charges has created a diplomatic uproar with punitive steps taken against State Department officials in New Delhi. Devyani Khobragade, India’s deputy consul …Indian Diplomat’s Arrest in New York Sparks Row With USTIMEIndia demolishes US embassy barriers after diplomat’s […]

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Former Microsoft Exec Picked to Fix HealthCare.gov – PC Magazine

PC MagazinePresident Obama today announced that former Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will serve as a senior advisor on HealthCare.gov. As part of the “One Microsoft” effort, outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced in July that DelBene would retire as …White House taps new chief for health care websiteUSA TODAYZients to transition to WH in Feb; […]