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UN says 20 peacekeepers detained on Golan Heights

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says about 20 peacekeepers in the force charged with monitoring the cease-fire between Israel and Syrian troops on the Golan Heights have been detained by approximately 30 armed fighters. U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey says the U.N. observers were on a regular supply mission Wednesday when they were…

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A Leader’s Cry in Venezuela: ‘I Am Chávez’

CARACAS, Venezuela — In the weeks leading up to his mentor’s death, Vice President Nicolás Maduro’s imitations of President Hugo Chávez became ever more apparent. Multimedia Hugo Chávez, 1954-2013 Hugo Chávez, 1954-2013 Close Video See More Videos » Slide Show In the Streets of Venezuela, Bidding Farewell to Chávez Multimedia Feature: 10 Memorable Hugo Chávez Moments Video: Report From Venezuela ...

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At Shooting Site, Giffords Urges Lawmakers to Act on Gun Safety

TUCSON – “Fight, fight, fight” were the first words by Gabrielle Giffords during a news conference on Wednesday from the same supermarket parking lot where a gunman opened fire on Jan. 8, 2011, wounding her and 12 others and taking six lives. Ms. Giffords, a former congresswoman for Arizona, was embracing the role of constituent to her senators, Republicans John ...

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Chavez death echoes with leftists worldwide

PETER ORSI Associated Press= HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Reactions to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez were as mixed, polemical and outsized as the leader was in life, with some saying his passing was a tragic loss and others calling it an opportunity for Venezuela to escape his long shadow. Seen as a hero by some for his anti-U.S. ...

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Germany to keep Romanians, Bulgarians out

Germany remains opposed to Romania and Bulgaria joining the European open-border Schengen area. Critics say it is an attempt to stop Roma from those countries from making their way to the West. Germany will reject an attempt by Bulgaria and Romania to join the so-called Schengen zone if they insist on participating in the border-free travel regime at Thursday’s meeting ...

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Report calls for doubling number of women online

INTEL Corp. released a report on “Women and the Web,” unveiling concrete data on the enormous Internet gender gap in the developing world and the social and economic benefits of securing Internet access for women. To better understand the gender gap, Intel commissioned this study and consulted with the US…

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1 million refugees have fled Syria, UN says

The number of Syrians who have fled their war-ravaged country and are seeking assistance has now topped the one million mark, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday, warning that Syria is heading towards a “full-scale disaster.” The announcement came as government troops and rebels fought street battles in Syria’s strategic northern city of Raqqa, and regime forces dispatched reinforcements in ...

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Syria conflict: Refugees number one million, says UN

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict has reached one million, the UN has said. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said the number of refugees crossing into neighbouring countries had jumped since the beginning of the year. Half of the refugees were children, the UN said, most under the age of 11 and often traumatised by ...

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