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Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi survives assassination bid: state TV

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi escaped an assassination bid on Monday, surviving a blast against his convoy in Damascus, in the latest attack on top members of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The attack came as Republican lawmakers in the United States stepped up calls for American action after claims Assad’s…

American eyewitness describes ‘terrifying’ brawl on Mount Everest

A mountaineer on Everest described Monday the “terrifying” scene of two famous European climbers fighting with Nepalese guides in a high-altitude brawl that has sparked a police investigation. Ueli Steck, a Swiss national who holds climbing records, and Simone Moro of Italy, who has climbed Everest four times, were approaching…

Border schools in Mexico adjust to influx of English-speaking students

Schoolchildren scamper across the border to waiting parents in the Mexican town of Palomas in May 2009.(Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor/File) Elementary students at Lamberto Hernández School in this northern Mexican city were long gone by the time teachers sat down recently to learn about…  …

Mormon Church to accept gay boy scouts

James Oliver, left, hugs his brother and fellow Eagle Scout, Will Oliver, who is gay, as Will and other supporters carry petitions to end the ban on gay scouts and leaders in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Dallas, Texas. (Tony Gutierrez/AP) For the Boy…  …

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