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The U.N. envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, quit in frustration over the difficulties of bringing an end to the civil war and the failure of the United Nations to intervene.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had made a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline contingent upon passage of the energy efficiency bill. Most Democrats don't want a vote on Keystone.

After 41 years in Washington, Sen. Thad Cochran holds clout in Washington — and his name is on buildings across the state. But a Tea Party candidate says the time for that kind of largesse is over.

About a quarter of the 200,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel live below the poverty line. The government is now pushing a plan to increase assistance.

Perhaps you're well aware of the BRIC countries. But now there's MINT and CIVET and more. Emerging markets have fared poorly the past few years, but they are still cranking out lots of acronyms.

France's $1.6 billion sale is the biggest ever by a NATO country to Russia. But in the wake of Russia's actions in Ukraine, the French are debating whether they should suspend the deal.

The turnspit dog was once an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain. Bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit, the small but strong dogs ensured that the meat cooked evenly.

In Harrison, Ark., residents troubled by the area's reputation as a hate group hotbed are working hard to make the town more inclusive. White supremacists say the effort amounts to "white genocide."

The obelisk has recovered from damage sustained during an earthquake that hit Washington, D.C., in 2011.

Two regions of eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk, voted Sunday on referendums for self-rule. Separatists in Donetsk announced overwhelming support for independence.

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