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  • The French government says thieves who broke into a vehicle at a Paris train station made off with a USB drive and discs containing floor plans for the French presidential palace, the country's main security agency and the Paris police department.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 29, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT
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  • Guy Spitaels, a Belgian socialist leader who in 1998 was convicted of corruption along with ex-NATO Secretary General Willy Claes, has died. He was 80.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT
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  • Twenty-six alleged neo-Nazis are on trial in Germany on accusations they were responsible for a spate of attacks on leftists in western Germany.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT
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  • Firefighters and police officers seen after an explosion near a police station in southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, Turkey, late Monday, Aug. 20, 2012. Turkish media reported at least eight people were killed and dozens were wounded amid an escalation in fighting between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces.

    The bomb attack has highlighted fears that Kurdish rebels seeking self-rule are becoming emboldened by moves toward autonomy by the Kurdish minority in war-torn Syria.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT
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  • The leaders of Russia's Orthodox church and Poland's Catholic church signed a document Friday that urges their nations to forgive each other for past wrongs.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT
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  • Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, right, gives a news conference where he announced that Ecuador would grant asylum to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. The announcement comes two months after Assange took refuge in its London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct.

    "It was a big mistake," said former British ambassador Oliver Miles. "It puts the British government in the position of asking for something illegitimate."

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT
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  • Feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, from left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia on Friday, Aug 17, 2012.

    A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT
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  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 file photo feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, from left, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia. Three members of Pussy Riot were jailed in March and charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after their punk performance against President Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral. Theyare awaiting the verdict on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.

    One of the key ideas behind the Russian punk provocateur band Pussy Riot was the supremacy of an idea over personality — thus the balaclavas that made the members both unrecognizable and fearsome.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT
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