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Winter Games open amid security scares, arrests (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Russia's Winter Olympics got underway on Friday with a grandiose opening ceremony watched by President Vladimir Putin, who will be keen to calm fears of militant attacks and move on from a row over gay rights that has marred the buildup to the Games.

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Guardian says British government forced destruction of Snowden materials

British authorities forced the Guardian newspaper to destroy material leaked by Edward Snowden, its editor has revealed, calling it a "pointless" move that would not prevent further reporting on U.S. and British surveillance programs.

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U.S. orders non-essential staff out of consulate in Pakistan's Lahore

The State Department warns U.S. citizens not to travel to Pakistan.

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Royal baby's name: George Alexander Louis

The infant will be known as "His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."

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William and Kate leave hospital with baby boy

Oddsmakers say George is the favorite for name of the baby who is third in line to the British royal throne.

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World awaits glimpse of Britain's new prince

Bookmakers in England say the favorites for the boy's name are James and George.

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U.S. launches push to boost women’s role in Afghanistan

The U.S. launches a program for Afghan women.

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Former British PM Thatcher dead from stroke

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died from a stroke at age 87.

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White smoke billows from Sistine Chapel

The Catholic Church has chosen its new pope after white smoke was seen billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel.

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Mourners parade Chavez’s coffin, prepare for vote

Weeping and shouting, a sea of Hugo Chavez’s supporters paraded his coffin through the streets of Caracas on Wednesday in an emotional outpouring that could help his deputy win an election and keep his self-styled socialist revolution alive.

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World looks to 2013 after violence, economic woes

As the world rang in 2013 with spectacular fireworks displays and showers of confetti, the specter of economic uncertainty and searing violence dimmed some festivities and weighed on the minds of revelers hoping for a better year.

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Prince William and Kate expecting

Palace says Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge expecting a baby.

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Israeli pilgrimage leaves local woman thankful

Angel Bradford was one of 20 members of the Archdiocese of Savannah to take a recent pilgrimage to the Middle East.

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Iraqi convicts riot, escape from prison; 12 killed

Prisoners seized weapons and set off hours-long clashes with security guards at a prison in Saddam Hussein's hometown.

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Latest developments on anti-Islam film protests

Here's a look at protests and reaction across the Middle East and elsewhere Monday over an anti-Muslim film produced in the U.S. ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad.

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