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Scientists Look To Martian Rocks For History of Life

NASA has sent rovers to explore Mars before. But three words explain what makes this latest mission to Mars so different: location, location, location.

Syrian opposition ‘will negotiate with government officials once Assad goes’

The leader of Syria‘s main political opposition group has said he is ready to negotiate with government officials whose hands are not “stained with blood” once the president, Bashar al-Assad, and his associates leave power.

Clinton pledges US support to avoid bloodshed at Kenyan polls

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton urged Kenya on Saturday to hold free and fair elections and be a role model for Africa, underlining the need to avoid the bloodshed suffered during the last vote five years ago.

Oklahoma wildfires prompt evacuations and destroy dozens of homes

Several wildfires raging around the parched Oklahoma landscape prompted more evacuations Sunday as emergency workers sought to shelter those forced out by flames that destroyed dozens of homes and threatened others in the drought-stricken region.

NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisks suffers marked drop

New York
‘s controversial stop-and-frisk policy of fighting crime, which many critics say involves racial profiling of black and Hispanic citizens, has been reduced markedly in recent months, it has been claimed.

China calls in U.S. diplomat over South China Sea

(Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry has called in a senior U.S. diplomat to protest against remarks by the U.S. State Department raising concerns over tensions in the contested South China Sea, further intensifying an already fraught territorial dispute.

Eye on Iran and Syria, Israel hardens missile shield

(Reuters) – Israel is upgrading its Arrow II ballistic missile shield in a U.S.-backed “race” against Iran, Syria and other regional enemies, a senior Israeli defense official said on Sunday.

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