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Archaeologists think they’ve found the cross of Jesus

Relic found within small stone chest The archaeologists came across a small stone chest while working in the ruins of the Balatlar Church. The chest bore two crosses which were carved into the stone. Inside the chest were a number of relics believed to be associated with the crucifixion including a splinter of wood believed to possibly be a part ...

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22 police, 76 Taliban killed in Afghan battle: Officials

Jalalabad: More than 20 Afghan policemen and dozens of Taliban insurgents were killed on Friday when hundreds of fighters ambushed a police and military convoy in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. The five-hour battle in the Sherzad district of…

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Spain Train Crash Driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo Ignored 3 Signals To Slow Down

MADRID — The driver of a Spanish train that derailed, killing 79 people, ignored three warnings to reduce speed in the two minutes before the train hurtled off the tracks on a treacherous curve, crash investigators said Friday. A court statement said the driver was talking on the phone to a colleague when he received the first automatic warning in ...

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Mugabe’s party wins parliamentary majority

President Robert Mugabe’s party has won at least a two-thirds majority in parliament, enough to amend the country’s constitution, according to a tally of official results. Friday’s results showed Mugabe had won 142 seats of 180 for the 210-member chamber declared by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. Mugabe’s rival and prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, has called the poll a “huge farce”, ...

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Germany ends Cold War spying pact with US, Britain

BERLIN (AP) — Germany canceled a Cold War-era surveillance pact with the United States and Britain on Friday in response to revelations by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden about those countries’ alleged electronic eavesdropping operations. The move appeared largely symbolic, designed to show that the German government was taking action to stop unwarranted surveillance directed against its citizens without ...

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Hezbollah leader appears at Beirut rally

Reuters August 2, 2013 – 16:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gave a rare public address on Friday, delivering a speech in south Beirut to hundreds of supporters in support of Palestinians. It was the first public appearance since September last year by Nasrallah, who has lived in hiding, for fear of assassination, since Hezbollah fought a ...

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US employers add 162K jobs; rate falls to 7.4 pct.

U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, a modest increase and the fewest since March. The gain was still enough to help lower the unemployment rate to a 4½-year low of 7.4 percent, a hopeful sign in an otherwise lackluster report. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment declined from 7.6 percent in June as more Americans found jobs and ...

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Wall Street Edges Lower After Unemployment Report

U.S. stocks edged slightly lower on Friday after the government’s July payroll report came in weaker than expected. While the news pointed to continued struggles in the labor market, it also suggested the U.S. Federal Reserve could become more cautious about drawing down its economic stimulus. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 0.39 percent,…

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Hasan Rouhani, Iran’s New President, Calls Israel An ‘Old Wound’ That Should Be Removed

TEHRAN, Iran — Ahead of his inauguration, Iran’s new president on Friday called Israel an “old wound” that should be removed, while tens of thousands of Iranians marched in support of Muslim claims to the holy city of Jerusalem. Hasan Rouhani’s remarks about Israel – his country’s archenemy – echoed longstanding views of other Iranian leaders. “The Zionist regime has ...

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Berlusconi Vows To Fight Back After Tax Conviction

After some 20 trials over two decades, Italian media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi received his first definitive conviction Thursday for evading almost $10 million in taxes while he was prime minister. After more than seven hours of deliberations, Judge Antonio Esposito read the ruling of the five Supreme Court judges: “In the name of the Italian people,” the judge declared, “Berlusconi’s ...

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