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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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State Dept on Benghazi: 'No Indication' al Qaeda Involved

State Dept on Benghazi: 'No Indication' al Qaeda Involved
A State Department spokesperson backed up what the New York Times is reporting: Calling the group that attacked the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, part of the al Qaeda network is a "gross oversimplification" of the group. Video after the jump.
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Israel Releases Palestinian Prisoners as Part of Peace Talks, But Begins Controversial Construction Projects

Israel Releases Palestinian Prisoners as Part of Peace Talks, But Begins Controversial Construction Projects
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a public uproar Monday over the impending release of more than two dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted in deadly attacks as part of a U.S.-brokered package to restart Mideast peace talks.
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Josef Federman
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Cambodian Garment Workers Rally Demanding Higher Wages

Cambodian Garment Workers Rally Demanding Higher Wages
Several thousand garment workers pressing for higher wages joined opposition activists in protests in Cambodia's capital on Thursday, adding to pressure on Prime Minister Hun Sen.
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United Arab Emirates Sentences Amateur Comedian to a Year in Jail for...Satire Video?

United Arab Emirates Sentences Amateur Comedian to a Year in Jail for...Satire Video?
Shezzanne Cassim, an amateur comic from Minnesota, moved to the United Arab Emirates to pursue grand ambitions of working in the airline industry there. Little did he know that a spoof of tough urban youths called 'Satwa' would land him in a UAE jail for a year.
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Bangladesh Factory Owners Charged in Deadly Fire

Bangladesh Factory Owners Charged in Deadly Fire
Police charged the owners of a Bangladeshi garment factory and 11 employees with culpable homicide Sunday for alleged negligence leading to the death of 112 workers in a raging fire that engulfed the factory last year.
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Freed Gitmo Detainee: 'We Were Subjected to Meticulous, Daily Torture'

Freed Gitmo Detainee: 'We Were Subjected to Meticulous, Daily Torture'
Upon his return to Sudan after 11 years of incarceration at the hands of the U.S. military in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a frail 52-year-old Ibrahim Idris declared at a Thursday press conference in Khartoum that detainess at the prison "have been subjected to meticulous, daily torture with punishment," with 'double' the abuse for those who participated in the hunger strike.
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Protests In Pakistan Force US to Consider Air Routes for Supplies, to the Tune of $1B

Protests In Pakistan Force US to Consider Air Routes for Supplies, to the Tune of $1B
The US may be forced to choose air routes for supplies in and out of Pakistan after protests made the southern land route almost entirely impassable. Air transportation comes with a five to seven times greater cost.
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Plan Finalized to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons: What Does It Look Like? Who's Paying for It?

Plan Finalized to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons: What Does It Look Like? Who's Paying for It?
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has finalized its plan for the destruction of Syria's stockpile of weapons and precursor chemicals, with the most toxic material to be destroyed at sea aboard a U.S. ship. But factors beyond the Nobel Peace Prize-winning watchdog's control could lead to delays.
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Mike Cordor
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US Church's Wealth Not Trickling Down to Haiti Orphanage it Runs

US Church's Wealth Not Trickling Down to Haiti Orphanage it Runs
At the Olde Good Things antique store on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a French crystal chandelier can go for tens of thousands of dollars. A marble mantel sells for more than $20,000 and hand-carved dinner tables are priced even higher.
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