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Israel advances Jewish center

Plan for Arab neighborhood sparks protests

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UN: More children dying in Afghan violence

Civilian casualties are up 14 percent

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Russian bravado on stage at Sochi opener

Games give Russia chance to tell post-Soviet story

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Hagel orders ethics crackdown

Defense leader reacts to rash of scandals

Indonesia volcano erupts, kills at least 14

MOUNT SINABUNG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months unleashed a major eruption Saturday, killing 14 people just a day after authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to return to its slopes, saying that activity was decreasing, officials said.

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World news in brief, Jan. 31, 2014.

Cows blamed for Germany explosion

BERLIN (AP) — A herd of dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion.

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Syria talks peace in Switzerland

MONTREUX, Switzerland — Furiously divided from the start, representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebellion against him threatened Wednesday to collapse a peace conference intended to lead them out of civil war.

Mandela’s hidden secret

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new, 9-meter (29.5-foot) sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears. The bronze rabbit is about half the height of the ear canal.

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Avian flu sweeps across China

Migration could cause spreading

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18 dead in funeral stampede

Tens of thousands gather to mourn the death of religious leader

China, Japan slug it out in the world’s press

WASHINGTON — China and Japan are engaged in a war of words that is lighting up editorial pages around the world as Beijing takes aim at a recent visit by Japan’s leader to a controversial war shrine and Tokyo answers back.

Proposed law would criminalize use of "Nazi" in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli draft law that would criminalize the use of the word Nazi in most cases has sparked a debate on freedom of speech in a state that was founded out of the ashes of the Holocaust.

Suicide attack on Afghan restaurant kills 21 WITH VIDEO

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban attack against a popular Kabul restaurant killed 21 people, officials said Saturday, in the deadliest attack against foreign civilians since the war began nearly 13 years ago.

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Afghanistan’s first female police chief starts job

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — She wears a black headscarf instead of a cap. But otherwise Col. Jamila Bayaz looks like any other district police chief in Afghanistan as she reviews checkpoints in the center of Kabul.

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