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U.N. peacekeepers still held by Syria rebels

Officials are still trying to secure the release of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji who were taken captive by al Qaeda-linked rebels from Syria.

The peacekeepers were captured Thursday in the Golan Heights, a day after rebels seized control of a...

Thailand Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha

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Military-heavy cabinet named in Thailand

Thailand's military leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has unveiled a new interim cabinet in which key ministries will be run by senior military figures.

Twelve members of the 32-strong cabinet are active or retired officers of the se...

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China says no to open elections in Hong Kong

It's a decision thousands of protesters feared.

China's powerful National People's Congress Standing Committee voted Sunday to change the way Hong Kong picks its chief executive, ruling that only candidates approved by a nominating committee will be a...

Pakistan violent protests

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Police, protesters battle in Pakistan

Protesters demanding the resignation of the Pakistani Prime Minister engaged in running battles with police near government offices in the capital Monday.

The demonstrators were armed with sticks and threw rocks while riot police fought back with tear...

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Report: Man kills 3 in China school attack

A man killed three people at a primary school in central China on Monday and then committed suicide by jumping off a building, state media reported.

Six people were wounded in the attack at the school in Hubei province, the state-run news agency Xinhu...

Petro Poroshenko

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Ukraine warns of return to 'full-scale war'

A U.S. lawmaker is calling for the arming of Ukrainian forces engaged in fighting Russian troops along the nation's eastern border with Russia.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, is in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on a fact-finding mission into the ...

Dianne Feinstein

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Obama's 'cautious' approach on ISIS is panned

After President Barack Obama said he didn't yet have a strategy for ISIS in Syria, even a Democrat on Sunday criticized the President's approach to fighting the extremist terror group.

There's been the expected GOP criticism: Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-I...

Ray McDonald

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Domestic violence charge for 49ers' McDonald

The National Football League's new domestic violence policy will be tested just three days after it was implemented by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

San Jose, California, police arrested the San Francisco 49ers' starting defensive end Ray McDonald on Su...

Joan Rivers

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Joan Rivers' daughter: 'Fingers crossed'

The latest statement from Joan Rivers' daughter gave no new information about the comedian's condition three days after she was rushed to a New York hospital.

Jennifer Lawrence, 2013 Critics Choice Awards

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Jennifer Lawrence's rep slams stolen pics

A publicist for Jennifer Lawrence slammed the appearance of nude photographs of the Oscar-winning actress online Sunday as a "flagrant violation of privacy."

"The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of...

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Militias swim at vacant U.S. Embassy in Libya

Libyan militia members have apparently turned the abandoned U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, into a water park, judging by amateur video posted to YouTube on Sunday.

The video, which reflects the anarchy that currently reigns in Libya's capital, shows ...

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Siege of Iraqi town broken

Iraqi security and volunteer forces have broken the siege of Amerli and have entered the town, retired Gen. Khaled al-Amerli, an Amerli resident and member of its self-defense force, told CNN on Sunday.

Iraqi state TV also reported that the siege had ...

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On this day: September 1

Titanic wreckage

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The last passenger pigeon dies, World War II begins, the Soviet Union shoots down a Korean airliner, and the wreck of the Titanic is discovered, all on this day.

On this day: August 29

Michael Jackson in Brunei

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American troops march through a liberated Paris, the King of Pop is born, The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans, and Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast, all on this day.

Peek inside the weird world of Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty float

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Japanese comic company Sanrio, the creator of Hello Kitty and Friends, recently dropped a bombshell on Hello Kitty's fans by revealing that she is not, in fact, a kitty, but rather a perpetual third-grade girl named Kitty White, the daughter of George and Mary White, who lives just outside of London, England. Take a look inside the weird world of the international phenomenon.

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