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U.S. Calls North Korea Launch "Clear Provocation"

Posted: 12/12/2012 - Leon Panetta cites "threat from North Korea," calls the launch "clear provocation" as the White House warns "there will be consequences" New sanctions are unlikely, says an analyst who served on a U.N. panel. Iran says it is happy for North Korea.

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Islamist Extremist Suspect After Bomb Found

Posted: 12/12/2012 - German authorities suspect Islamist extremists were responsible for planting an explosive device Monday beside a track at the main railway station in Bonn, a German intelligence official tells CNN.

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UK Banks Hit By Record $2.5B U.S. Fines

Posted: 12/12/2012 - HSBC and Standard Chartered, the two biggest UK banks by market value, are to pay more than $2.5bn in fines as part of record settlements with US authorities over money laundering allegations.

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Cathay Cabin Crew Threaten No-Smile Service

Posted: 12/12/2012 - Cathay Pacific's flight attendants union voted in favor of taking industrial action Monday after salary negotiations with the Hong-Kong-based airline stalled.

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Bosnian Serb Intel Chief Sentenced for Srebrenica Massacre

Posted: 12/12/2012 - Nearly two decades after the Srebrenica massacre left thousands of Muslim boys and men dead, a former Bosnian Serb intelligence chief was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for his role in their slaughter.

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North Korea Successfully Launches Long-Range Rocket

Posted: 12/12/2012 - North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday morning in its second launch under its new leader, defying warnings from the U.N. and Washington only days before South Korean presidential elections.

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U.S. Oil Prices Could Sink to $50 Per Barrel

Posted: 12/11/2012 - U.S. oil prices could sink to $50 a barrel at some point over the next two years, but Merrill analysts expect America's oil prices to still average about $90 a barrel over the same time period.

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Researchers Hope To Find What's Behind the Smile of "Mona Lisa"

Posted: 12/11/2012 - DNA testing is planned for remains of woman thought to be the model for the iconic painting. From that, Italian researchers hope to reconstruct the model's face. Former TV producer says he's sure that a portrait of Lisa Gherardini was commissioned.

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Defiant North Korea Performs Long-Range Missile Launch

Posted: 12/11/2012 - North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, South Korea's Ministry of Defense said. The rocket passed over the island of Okinawa, the Japanese government reports. Tuesday's move comes as a surprise after North Korea had extended the launch window.

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Obama Administration Recognizes Syrian Opposition

Posted: 12/11/2012 - President Obama recognized the Syrian opposition coalition as "the legitimate representative of the Syrian people in opposition to the Assad regime." The United States joins Britain, France and others in recognizing opposition group Tuesday.

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Navy Identified SEAL Killed in Afghan Raid Last Weekend

Posted: 12/10/2012 - The Defense Department reports a SEAL from Pennsylvania was slain in the rescue effort. Dr. Dilip Joseph was rescued, after being one of three abducted while returning from a rural clinic. Two local Afghan leaders say smugglers were responsible; ISAF blames the Taliban.

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China Detains Monk Over Tibetan Immolations

Posted: 12/10/2012 - Chinese police have detained an ethnic Tibetan monk and his nephew, accusing them of "goading" eight people into setting themselves on fire.

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Aussie Shock Jocks Apologize For Prank Call to Dutchess' Room

Posted: 12/10/2012 - Michael Christian says he's "gutted, shattered and heartbroken.." It's "gut-wrenching" that the prank apparently led to a nurse's suicide, caller Mel Greig said. The pair says the decision to air the recorded prank call was not theirs.

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Syrian Rebels Set Their Sights on Damascus

Posted: 12/07/2012 - The U.N.'s top official says he's "angry" about innocents affected by the war. An opposition group reports 130 more dead, including 43 around Damascus. A rebel brigade calls the area around Damascus' airport a "military zone," while the prospect of government chemical weapon use has intensified the crisis.

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London Nurse Found Dead, She Had Taken Catherine's Prank Call

Posted: 12/07/2012 - The nurse who answered a hoax call to the hospital caring for Prince William's pregnant wife, Catherine, has apparently committed suicide, the hospital says. Prince William and Catherine are "deeply saddened" by the death, palace says.

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Morsy Stands By Edit, Vows Protestor Punishment

Posted: 12/06/2012 - Egypt's president didn't back off the edict he issued ahead of a constitutional referendum. Mohamed Morsy's words further enraged protesters on the streets of Cairo Thursday.

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Report Says Asylum For Assad Is Being Explored

Posted: 12/05/2012 - A fight to the death might seem a more plausible outcome as the carnage of the Syrian civil war approaches its second year. But the idea of asylum in a third country is an option that is also emerging in questions over Assad's fate.

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Soccer Linesman Dies, After Attack From Teen Players

Posted: 12/03/2012 - Assistant referee Richard Nieuwenhuizen dies in a Dutch hospital following an attack after a soccer match, beaten up by three teen players. The trio were arrested at their Amsterdam home on Sunday, according to reports.

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