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King Felipe VI took the throne today, in Spain's first post-dictatorship royal succession. Here are five things to know to about the new king and his role in Spain.
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President Park Geun-hye apologized on national television Monday. There are questions over how the coast guard, which is still running a search mission at the ferry, will be dismantled. 
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The main Orthodox church is divided into two major factions, one loyal to Kiev, the other to Moscow, complicating efforts to push national unity. 
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Accusations of fascism and alleged anti-Semitic incidents have riled up both Kiev and Moscow. But Donetsk's 20,000-odd Jews don't want to be part of the game.
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President Obama said the measures are aimed at 'changing Putin's calculus' on Ukraine, and that further 'Russian aggression' could trigger more sanctions.
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During his annual public call-in show, the Russian president said he would send troops into Ukraine to 'protect' locals if necessary.
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Ukraine's new president is promoting a peace plan to end the rebellion in the Russia-leaning east, but fresh fighting underscores the challenge to making it stick.
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President Obama and victims' families gather Thursday to launch a week-long 'dedication period' for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The museum opens to the public May 21.
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Senate majority leader Harry Reid violated the Constitution in his maneuverings to pass Obamacare, a conservative legal fund argues. The case will go before a federal panel of judges Thursday.
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Thanks, Warren Richey, for best discussion I've ever seen of the Origination Clause. Always informative writing from your pen.
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The Friday sermon is perhaps Egypt's most influential forum. In a bid to stifle every potential avenue of dissent, the military government is exerting control over the pulpit. 
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India's village population is declining as young people migrate to cities and rural areas are reclassified as towns, creating a new breed of 'rurban' voter for politicians to chase. 
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Ukraine's interim president had ordered pro-Russian protesters to hand back occupied buildings or face a crackdown, but so far neither has happened, leaving Ukraine in a tough spot. 
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    Broadcast Journalism, 1978 - 1982
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