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  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a federal budget debate in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament in Berlin

    A “disastrous” German bond sale on Wednesday sparked fears that Europe’s debt crisis was even beginning to threaten Berlin, with the leaders of the euro zone’s two strongest economies still firmly at odds over a longer-term structural solution.

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    23 Nov 11
  • Court upholds fine against nude hiker

    Hikers crossing the Alps in the nude may get more than just a chill after Switzerland’s top court ruled they may be fined, validating a conservative region’s bid to quash the practice.

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    21 Nov 11
  • Darth Vader claims land plot in Ukraine

    Welcoming the local authorities’ move to the dark side, Darth Vader has asked for a land plot in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa to park his space ship.

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    20 Nov 11
  • Congressional Super Committee Co-Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), (R) and fellow Co-Chair Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) (L) are seated as they arrive to open the inaugural meeting to search for at least $1.2 trillion in new deficit reductions, in Washington, DC, September 8, 2011.

    A months-long effort to set U.S. finances on a sustainable course appeared likely to end in failure on Monday as lawmakers in Congress were unable to bridge a deep divide over taxes and benefits.

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    20 Nov 11
  • A still image taken from video shows Saif al-Islam Gaddafi speaking during an interview in Zintan November 20, 2011.

    The chic black sweater and jeans were gone. So too the combat khaki T-shirt of his televised last stand in Tripoli. Designer stubble had become bushy black beard after months on the run.

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    20 Nov 11
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano attends a news conference during a board of governors meeting at the UN headquarters in Vienna November 17, 2011.

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog board censured Iran on Friday over mounting suspicions it is trying to develop nuclear weapons, but Tehran said the move would only strengthen its determination to press on with sensitive work.

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    19 Nov 11
  • An Occupy Wall Street campaign demonstrator stands in Zuccotti Park, October 17, 2011.

    John Paulson, the hedge-fund trader who famously made billions betting on the collapse of the housing market, was threatened by the demonstrators with a march on his Upper East Side home in New York last month. Paulson responded by putting out a press release that described his $28 billion, 120-person fund as an exemplar of the American Dream: “Instead of vilifying our most successful businesses, we should be supporting them and encouraging them to remain in New York City.”

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    19 Nov 11
  • Syrians living in Jordan shout slogans against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad, during a demonstration in front of the Syrian embassy in Amman November 17, 2011.

    Syrian troops shelled two northern villages overnight after an attack by army defectors on forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, local activists said Friday, in the first reported use of sustained shelling against the eight-month uprising.

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    17 Nov 11