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Shakira, Gerard Pique expecting first child

BOGOTA: Colombian pop star Shakira confirmed Wednesday that she is pregnant with top Spanish football player Gerard Pique’s baby, their first. Stories speculating that the singer, who famously rollerbladed around a beach in a bikini top for her music video “Loca,” would soon become a mother have been gone viral in Latin American media for weeks. “As some of you ...

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Ban: Syria will top UN General Assembly agenda

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the Syrian crisis will top the agenda of the General Assembly gathering of world leaders next week. Ban lamented that both sides seem determined to end the conflict by force and said diplomatic efforts must continue. At a news conference Tuesday, he said both President Bashar Assad’s regime and the rebels ...

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Suu Kyi urges U.S. to end Myanmar sanctions

WASHINGTON — Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, , began her first visit to the United States in four decades, urging Washington to begin lifting remaining economic sanctions, which she credited for helping to pressure the government to allow vastly greater freedoms. “I think our people must start to take responsibility for our own destiny,” Suu Kyi said to a packed auditorium at ...

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Space shuttle Endeavour to fly over local landmarks on way to LAX

It wouldn’t be a trip to Southern California without a visit to Disneyland. The Anaheim park is one of several Los Angeles-area landmarks that space shuttle Endeavour will fly over before landing Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport, according to NASA. Also on deck: the Getty Center, Griffith Observatory and the California Science Center, the retired orbiter’s new permanent ...

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Amnesty accuses Syrian forces of ‘relentless attacks’

AFP – Amnesty accused Syrian forces Wednesday of waging “relentless, indiscriminate” attacks against its people as a Syrian army defector warned the regime would use chemical weapons as a last resort. The London-based rights group, which accompanied its report with video footage, said “civilians, many of them children, are the main victims of a campaign of relentless and indiscriminate attacks ...

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Violent protests against anti-Islam film in Kashmir

Violence marked the Kashmir bandh against the anti-Islam film on Tuesday when protesters clashed with the police and torched a government vehicle near the residence of deputy chief minister Tara Chand in Srinagar. The incident occurred in the afternoon when the police stopped an anti-US procession near the Sangarmal Shopping Complex and asked the…

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Was Jesus married?

A previously unknown scrap of ancient papyrus written in ancient Egyptian Coptic includes the words “Jesus said to them, my wife,” — a discovery likely to renew a fierce debate in the Christian world over whether Jesus was married. The existence of the fourth-century…

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The End of the Afghan War?

Mark your calendars. The War in Afghanistan entered its final phase on Sept. 18, 2012 with ISAF’s announcement that its forces will suspend partnering with the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) below the Kandak (battalion level). The current draw down in ISAF forces (i.e. “combat” units coming home) is supposed to lead to a 10-year period of intensive ISAF mentorship ...

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NATO order changes way it will fight Afghan war

NATO’s decision to restrict operations with small Afghan forces to mitigate the threat of insider attacks means fewer boots on patrols and a shift in how the U.S.-led coalition will fight the war in Afghanistan. It’s unclear whether the coalition’s exit strategy can succeed with less partnering with Afghan policemen and soldiers, who are slated to take over for foreign ...

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