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  • U.S. soldiers on patrol in eastern Afghanistan November 28, 2011.

    A video showing what appears to be American forces urinating on dead Taliban fighters prompted anger in Afghanistan and promises of a U.S. investigation on Thursday but the insurgent group said it would not harm nascent efforts to broker peace talks.

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    12 Jan 12
  • Greece claims magnate stole from his own bank

    With the money tight all over Europe, one high-flying Greek businessman allegedly found a novel way of getting easy credit: two years ago he bought a controlling share in a bank, installed his own managers and then loaned himself and his associates nearly 600 million euros ($760 million).

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    12 Jan 12
  • Some Arab monitors quit Syria over persisting violence

    Several Arab League monitors have left Syria or may do so soon because the mission has failed to halt President Bashar al-Assad’s violent crackdown on a popular revolt against his rule, an Algerian former monitor said on Thursday.

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    12 Jan 12
  • Sweden gives digital piracy advocate religion status

    Sweden dealt a symbolic blow to the global fight against digital music and film piracy by recognizing a group that promotes file-sharing across the Internet as a religion.

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    12 Jan 12
  • Half-naked South Korean soldiers train for winter war

    Cool under fire took on new meaning for more than 200 South Korean soldiers this week as they stripped off their shirts, flung snow on each other and walked through an ice-encrusted stream — all part of drills to hone endurance.

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    12 Jan 12
  • Members of the group "Witness Against Torture" dressed in orange prison jump suits protest against the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. January 10, 2012.

    Human rights protesters dressed in orange prison-style jumpsuits and covering their heads with black bags marched past the White House on Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of the U.S. military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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    11 Jan 12
  • Mafia now “Italy’s No.1 bank” as crisis bites: report

    Organized crime has tightened its grip on the Italian economy during the economic crisis, making the Mafia the country’s biggest “bank” and squeezing the life out of thousands of small firms, according to a report on Tuesday.

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    10 Jan 12
  • Romney wins New Hampshire presidential contest

    Mitt Romney took a crucial step toward the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday with a solid victory in New Hampshire despite attacks on his record as a businessman.

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    10 Jan 12