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NATO air strikes for Afghan security forces must end: Karzai

(Reuters) – Afghan security forces will be banned from calling for NATO air strikes in residential areas to help in their operations, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday, three days after 10 civilians died in such a strike in the country’s east.

France to return paintings stolen by Nazis to Jewish owners

France has promised to return seven paintings taken from their Jewish owners during the second world war, part of efforts to give back hundreds of looted art that hangs in the Louvre and other museums.

How the rock hyrax’s toilet habits left climate scientists a 55,000 year trail

Scientists have devised an unusual method for investigating past climate changes – by digging into ancient layers of dried urine left by the rock hyrax.

Not let up in Chicago gun violence despite Obama’s hometown plea

America’s ongoing struggle with gun violence was highlighted on Saturday as it was revealed that at least four people had been wounded in shootings in Chicago within hours of President Barack Obama making a major speech in the city.

Pakistan market bomb kills scores of Shia Muslims

At least 60 people were killed by a bomb in a Shia Muslim quarter of the Pakistani city of Quetta on Saturday.

Pope’s Resignation An Opportunity For Africa’s Cardinals

The names of African cardinals are popping up as possible contenders to succeed Pope Benedict as head of the Roman Catholic Church when steps down at the end of the month.

Feds File Charges Against Jacksons, Husband And Wife

After months of rumors and reports, the federal charges against former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) and his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, became official on Friday.

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