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Corruption and Cost Overruns Make Sochi Games Most Expensive Olympics Ever

Corruption and Cost Overruns Make Sochi Games Most Expensive Olympics Ever
An interactive website launched Monday by anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny paints a vivid picture of suspected cost overruns and conflicts of interest at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Russia has spent about $51 billion to deliver the Olympics in Sochi, which run Feb. 7-23, making them the most expensive Olympics ever even though winter games have many fewer athletes competing than summer games do.
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Nataliya Vasilyeva
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Kiev Protests Spread to Rest of Ukraine, President Yanukovych Responds with Promise of Reform

Kiev Protests Spread to Rest of Ukraine, President Yanukovych Responds with Promise of Reform
Protests in Kiev spread out to the rest of the Ukraine, forcing President Viktor Yanukovych to address reform measures, as well as promise to release many of the imprisoned protesters. The protests were amplified by an anti-protest law pushed through last week, backfiring for the government.
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Iraqis Flee Anbar by the Hundreds of Thousands; Worst Displacement Since 2008

Iraqis Flee Anbar by the Hundreds of Thousands; Worst Displacement Since 2008
More than 140,000 Iraqis have fled parts of Anbar province over clashes between security forces and al-Qaida militants, the worst displacement of civilians in years, a United Nations official said Friday. Sectarian fighting has increased recently, occupying the vacuum left by departing American forces.
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Iran Sends Two Warships Into Atlantic Ocean

Iran Sends Two Warships Into Atlantic Ocean
Two Iranian warships set sail Tuesday for the Atlantic Ocean on their navy's first-ever mission there, state TV reported. The voyage comes amid an ongoing push by Iran to demonstrate the ability to project power across the Middle East and beyond. The report said that the destroyer Sabalan and the logistic helicopter carrier Khark will be dispatched on a three-month voyage.
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AP
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Iran Unplugs Parts of Nuclear Enrichment Program, US and Europe Lift Some Sanctions

Iran Unplugs Parts of Nuclear Enrichment Program, US and Europe Lift Some Sanctions
Iran unplugged banks of centrifuges involved in its most sensitive uranium enrichment work on Monday, prompting the United States and European Union to partially lift economic sanctions as a landmark deal aimed at easing concerns over Iran's nuclear program went into effect.
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Ali Akbar Dareini and John-Thor Dahlburg
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Iran Negotiations: Who Has Committed to What?

Iran Negotiations: Who Has Committed to What?
The recent diplomatic negotiations with Iran gleaned concrete results – a framework that allows for the eventual lifting of US sanctions against the Persian state if Iran curtails its nuclear program, and neutralizes much of its stockpile of highly enriched uranium.
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Iran Agrees to Limit Uranium Enrichment, US and Others Agree to Ease Sanctions

Iran Agrees to Limit Uranium Enrichment, US and Others Agree to Ease Sanctions
Iran has agreed to limit uranium enrichment and to open its nuclear program to daily inspection by international experts starting Jan. 20, setting the clock running on a six-month deadline for a final nuclear agreement, officials said. In exchange, the Islamic Republic will get a relaxation of the financial sanctions that have been crippling its economy.
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Nasser Karimi
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Italy: Drama Continues in Knox Murder Trial

Italy: Drama Continues in Knox Murder Trial
Former American exchange student Amanda Knox spent four years in jail in Italy, from her arrest to her conviction in her first murder trial through her successful appeal. She's now facing a second appeals trial, along with her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.
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US Will Finally Probe Drone Attack That 'Turned Wedding Into Funeral'

US Will Finally Probe Drone Attack That 'Turned Wedding Into Funeral'
Evidence gathered by a human rights group has forced the Obama administration to investigate a deadly drone strike that targeted a wedding party in Yemen and killed a dozen people.
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Despite Promise, US Clings to Control over Afghan Prison

Despite Promise, US Clings to Control over Afghan Prison
The United States is putting pressure on the Afghan government to keep 88 prisoners who have been cleared for release from Bagram prison behind bars, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.
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