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SYRIA: Mortar fire kills 2 near Damascus opera

Mortar shells exploded near the Damascus Opera House yesterday, killing two, state media said, as rebels intensified their shelling of the Syrian capital to relieve ... Full story

US DIPLOMACY: Hagel compares China sea dispute to Ukraine takeover

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations yesterday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers ... Full story

INTERNET FREEDOM: ‘Cuban Twitter’ a new hurdle for bloggers, exiles

The revelation that a U.S. government-funded program set up a cellphone-based social network in Cuba is likely to pose new challenges for independent bloggers and ... Full story

BRAZIL: Security forces raid Rio slum before World Cup

More than 2,000 Brazilian soldiers stormed into a Rio de Janeiro slum complex Saturday with armored personnel carriers and helicopters in a bid to improve ... Full story

This Day in History: 1968 Jim Clark killed in car smash

Motor racing world champion Jim Clark has been killed in a car crash during a Formula Two race at Hockenheim. Clark, 32, was at the ... Full story

Offbeat: Man wants usd140, broken us atm spits out USD37,000

A malfunctioning automated bank machine has dispensed USD37,000 in cash to a man who requested USD140.Police in Maine say they responded to the TD Bank ... Full story

THE BUZZ: English police arrest 13 in match fixing probe 

Police say 13 people have been arrested in connection with an investigation into spot-fixing in English football.Britain's National Crime Agency said yesterday that six of the people ... Full story

World briefs

CHINA Top generals have issued an unusually lavish declaration of support for President Xi Jinping as he moves to consolidate his power with a crackdown ... Full story

GM food Engineered salmon may be a tough sell

The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the first genetically modified ... Full story

USA: Fort Hood gunman kills 3, wounds 16 in suicide shooting

An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people vand wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in ... Full story

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