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8:22am

Thu April 19, 2012
Middle East

For Syria, A 'Lawrence Of Arabia' Moment

Syrians walk through a badly damaged neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday. Despite a declared cease-fire, fighting has continued in a number of Syrian cities, and peace efforts are at risk of collapsing.
AP

In the final scenes of the classic film Lawrence of Arabia, the Arab rebel fighters are wrapped up with internal, petty squabbles in Damascus as the great powers maneuver for the future of Syria.

Now, nearly a century after the events depicted in that movie, there's a similar Lawrence of Arabia moment playing out in Syria.

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8:19am

Thu April 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Admitted Norwegian Mass Shooter Wanted To Decapitate Former Prime Minister

Anders Breivik.
Lise Aserud AP

Anders Breivik says he's proud of killing 77 people last summer, most of them teenagers at a summer camp run by Norway's Labor Party. Now he's testified at his trial that his true goal was to capture former Norwegian Prime Minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland, and cut off her head. He wanted to film everything for the internet.

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7:05am

Thu April 19, 2012
The Two-Way

India Make 'Flawless' Launch Of Long-Range Missile

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 7:35 am

This photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defense shows India's Agni-V missile being launched from Wheeler Island off India's east coast, Thursday, April 19, 2012.
Anonymous Associated Press

Less than a week after North Korea's unsuccessful satellite launch, India has managed a "flawless" test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The Agni-V was launched from Wheeler Island off India's east coast and hit its target area off the coast of Indonesia about 20 minutes later.

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6:21am

Thu April 19, 2012
The Two-Way

U.N. Chief: Syria Violating Cease-Fire Amid Apparent Deal On Observers

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 10:31 am

In a letter to the United Nations Security Council, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the Syrian government is not living up to its end of the bargain on a week-old cease-fire deal.

Ban says the government has failed to keep its pledge to withdraw troops and heavy weapons from cities, but adds that he still thinks there is "opportunity for progress."

The Secretary General's letter comes as the U.N. and Syria apparently worked out details of an observer mission to monitor the shaky deal meant to end more than a year of bloodshed that has killed an estimated 9,000 people.

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3:08am

Thu April 19, 2012
Asia

Avalanche May Alter Himalayan Combat Zone

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 3:44 pm

Pakistani army soldiers work Wednesday at the site of a massive avalanche that buried 140 people, including 129 soldiers, April 7 at the Siachen glacier. Pakistan's army chief called for the peaceful resolution of the Himalayan glacier dispute with rival nuclear power India.
B.K. Bangash AP

In the chill of the world's highest combat zone lies the prospect of warmer relations. Pakistan's army chief said Wednesday that there's a need to resolve the conflict that has Indian and Pakistani troops facing off at frigid altitudes of up to 20,000 feet in the Himalayan Mountains. An estimated 3,000 Pakistani soldiers have died from the atrocious weather conditions since deployments on the Siachen glacier began in 1984.

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