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Reuters

Israel is lobbying hard to have the Dead Sea named as one of the new ''Seven Wonders of Nature'', a list to be decided by vote and announced this week. The lobbying effort comes amid scientific research that has found life in the depths of the ancien

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Reuters

Three thousand troops backed by helicopters and armored vehicles occupied Rio de Janeiro's largest slum without firing a shot on Sunday, the biggest step in the Brazilian city's bid to improve security and end the reign of drug gangs.

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The Syrian government did not respond to a request for comment. It has repeatedly denied pursuing nuclear weapons but also has stymied an investigation into the site bombed by Israel. It has not responded to an IAEA request to visit the Al-Hasakah

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Washington Post

Greece sneezed, and now most of Europe has a cold. The European debt crisis has already spread like a virus from Greece to Ireland and Portugal, and other countries are now at risk

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Washington Post

The Obama administration said it had called home the US ambassador to Syria over concerns about his personal safety, prompting Damascus to pull its ambassador from Washington in a dramatic deterioration in the tense US-Syrian relationship.

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RawStory

Senator John McCain said that with almost 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan and the drawdown from Iraq still not complete, Obama’s plan to send troops to act as military advisers for Ugandan government forces fighting the rebel-led Lord’s Resistance A

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