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Uruguay to Legalize Marijuana, First Country to Centralize Market

Uruguay to Legalize Marijuana, First Country to Centralize Market
Uruguay is pushing ahead to create a legal marijuana market despite warnings from educators, psychiatrists and pharmacists of dangerous side effects. The Senate planned to debate the pot plan Tuesday, with approval by the ruling coalition widely expected before the night is over.
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Leonardo Haberkorn
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Syrian Government and Opposition to Meet for the First Time Since Civil War Began

Syrian Government and Opposition to Meet for the First Time Since Civil War Began
Syria's government and opposition will meet for the first time in an attempt to halt the nearly 3-year-old civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people, the United Nations said Monday. Previous attempts to bring the two sides together have failed, mainly because of disputes over who should represent the opposition and the government, Syrian President Bashar Assad's future role in the country, and whether Iran, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers should be at the table.
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John Heilprin
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US Troops Staying in Afghanistan until 2024?

US Troops Staying in Afghanistan until 2024?
The New York Times reports that President Hamid Karzai's spokesperson, Aimal Faizi, announced Tuesday that Karzai would allow U.S. home raids in "extraordinary circumstances." He said this was in exchange for an agreement from President Obama to issue a letter apologizing for mistakes in Afghanistan.
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Russia Backs Iran's Story, Says Last-Minute Amendments Killed Nuclear Talks

Russia Backs Iran's Story, Says Last-Minute Amendments Killed Nuclear Talks
Russia's foreign minister says Iran had accepted a U.S.-draft proposal on a nuclear deal, but last-minute amendments blocked an accord last week in Geneva.
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France Sabotages Iran and IAEA Negotiations

France Sabotages Iran and IAEA Negotiations
A pending deal between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to peacefully ensure that the country's nuclear program was one for energy production alone — and not weapons manufacturing — screeched to halt before it could be realized. Somewhere in the midst of larger conversations about Middle East peace, France didn't like the Iran-IAEA negotiations and sabotaged the deal.
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Prison Time Possible for Five Arrested Under Senegal's Anti-Gay Law

 Prison Time Possible for Five Arrested Under Senegal's Anti-Gay Law
Senegalese police detained five women accused of violating the country's anti-gay law, highlighting increased pressure on suspected lesbians in the deeply homophobic West African nation, an activist group said Tuesday.
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Email Proves Phone Tapping Approved by Top Bosses at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, Prosecutor Says

Email Proves Phone Tapping Approved by Top Bosses at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, Prosecutor Says
A prosecutor says former News of the World editor Andy Coulson sent an email telling his news editor to "do his phone" in relation to an alleged victim of phone hacking.
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Scandalous Maximus! NSA Spied on the Pope

Scandalous Maximus! NSA Spied on the Pope
The NSA has been busy, spying on the American people, on Germany's Angela Merkel - and now, the Pope!
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FBI Investigating Russian Spy Ring Disguised as Tourist Group

FBI Investigating Russian Spy Ring Disguised as Tourist Group
The FBI is looking into whether the U.S.-based director of a Russian government-run cultural exchange program is a spy who tried to recruit young Americans as intelligence assets, a national intelligence community official said Wednesday.
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US Diplomat: Each US Drone Attack Creates '40 to 60' New Enemies

US Diplomat: Each US Drone Attack Creates '40 to 60' New Enemies
"My former colleagues are probably going to get upset with me," says former diplomat who calls out US government for failed strategy in Yemen.The U.S. military, according to one former diplomat with a frontrow seat to its drone policy in Yemen, is creating new terrorists in that country at breakneck speed.
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