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    32 dead at Nigeria hospital after attack

    A police officer walks past a burnt-out shopping mall in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Nigerian soldiers, who were angry about the killing of an officer, razed buildings and shot dead more than 30 civilians Monday in a northeastern city long under siege by a radical Islamist sect.

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    Jerry Sandusky sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison

    Sandusky, 68, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys in a scandal that rocked Penn State University and brought down football coach Joe Paterno. (AP/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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    Lady Gaga visits WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

    Lady Gaga visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been granted political asylum. Assange is wanted in Sweden, where he faces allegations of rape and sexual assault. (The above picture is from an earlier visit to Italy.) (AP)

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Greece

    Protesters in Athens meet Merkel (Banner reads "Merkel leave") on her first visit to the country since the euro zone crisis began.

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    French and American physicists win Nobel Prize

    In this combination of photos made Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, American physicist David Wineland, left, poses at his home in Boulder, Colo., and French physicist Serge Haroche speaks to the media in Paris after they were named winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics. The French-American duo shared the prize for experiments on quantum particles that have already resulted in ultra-precise clocks and may one day help lead to the development of computers many times faster than those in use today. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, left; Michel Euler, right)

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    Maldives ex-president appears in court

    Maldives' former president Mohamed Nasheed waves as he walks back home after prayers in Male, Maldives, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. A Maldives court issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Nasheed, who resigned this week but later insisted he had been ousted by coup plotters in a political dispute. (AP Photo/Sinan Hussain)

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    2012 Election campaigning enters final month

    The campaign enters its last four weeks. According Monday's Pew research poll, Mitt Romney currently leads by four points.

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