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Internet and telephones cut in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state television says the country's local and international telephone lines as well as the Internet are down because of technical problems.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013

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Thai PM dissolves Parliament, calls elections

BANGKOK (AP) — Desperate to defuse Thailand's deepening political crisis, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of Parliament on Monday and called for early elections. But the moves did nothing to stem a growing tide of more than 150,000 protesters vowing to overthrow her in one of the nation's largest demonstrations in years.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013

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North Korea deports US tourist and Korean War vet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday freed an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War after a weekslong detention, ending the saga of Merrill Newman's attempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas still loathed by Pyongyang.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 December 2013

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Snow, sleet, ice hits large swath of US

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Millions hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee as the cold snap that covered much of the nation knocked out power and made roads treacherous Saturday.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 December 2013

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Hagel outlines new weapons sale plan for Gulf

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel opened the door for the U.S. to sell missile defense and other weapons systems to U.S.-friendly Gulf nations, with an eye toward boosting their abilities to counter Iran's ballistic missiles, even as global powers ink a nuclear deal with Tehran.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 December 2013

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Police: Pa. newlyweds killed man for thrills

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 December 2013

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Venezuela's president tightens grip on media

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — As Gov. Henrique Capriles campaigned for president of Venezuela last April, he couldn't venture more than a few steps without being hounded by dozens of sharp-elbowed cameramen and photographers. Nearly eight months later, the visibly thinner and exhausted opposition leader is accompanied by just a handful of journalists at what was supposed to be one of the final, electrifying opposition rallies ahead of this weekend's mayoral elections.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 December 2013

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NY railway has until Tuesday to analyze lines

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metro-North Railroad has until Tuesday to identify places in its system with major speed changes under an order from federal transportation officials requiring an extra worker in the driver's cab on routes like the one where a speeding commuter train derailed this week, killing four people.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 December 2013

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