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Turkish Police Raid Homes of Journalists over Plot to Topple the Government

Turkish police on Thursday raided the homes of several people, including journalists and a former intelligence officer, as part of a crackdown on an alleged secularist network accused of conspiring to topple the Islamic-rooted government.

The raids come two weeks after a court jailed three journalists of a dissident website Oda TV in the case. Critics say press freedom is under attack in the country and the United States has expressed concern over media freedom. But Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denied any government attempt to silence journalists.

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S&P Warns of Downgrades on Portugal and Greece

Leading credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has warned that it could further downgrade both Portugal and Greece's debt in the coming two months, depending on the outcome of a crucial European leaders' summit later this month.

The agency said in a report Wednesday that it is maintaining its A- rating on Portugal and its BB+ rating on Greece but has kept both countries on so-called "CreditWatch with negative implications."

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Turkey's Mersin to Host 2013 Mediterranean Games

The Turkish town of Mersin has been chosen to host the 2013 Mediterranean Games after Greece was stripped of the event because of financial problems.

The International Committee of Mediterranean Games says Mersin was elected ahead of Tarragona, Spain; and Tripoli, Libya. All three cities stepped up as alternatives after Greece lost the hosting rights in January.

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Carmakers Bet on Green Tech to Offset Costly Fuel

Mass-market automakers like Toyota, Fiat and Ford say green technologies on display at the Geneva Auto Show will help them weather the impact of skyrocketing fuel prices — while less humble sports car makers like Lamborghini flaunted their gas guzzlers.

Companies rolled out a raft of new models — including many electric, hybrid and more efficient conventional engines — in a sign of renewed confidence following the economic crisis that bottomed out auto sales and put a freeze on new models.

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Carlos Slim Unveils New Art Museum in Mexico’s Capital

The world's richest man, telecom tycoon Carlos Slim, gave a sneak peak Tuesday at the new museum where he plans to show his vast collection of art and collectibles, including priceless pieces by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, French sculptor Auguste Rodin and Italian master Leonardo da Vinci.

The Soumaya museum — named after the tycoon's late wife — opens to the public on March 29 and admission will be free.

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Conflicting Reports on Fate of Moussa al-Sadr as Lebanese Hope Mystery would be Revealed

The crumbling of Moammar Gadhafi's regime could shed light on one of the most enduring mysteries in Lebanon: the fate of Moussa al-Sadr, a popular Shiite cleric who vanished 33 years ago during a trip to Libya.

Since the uprising began, members of Libya's opposition have broken a three-decade silence on the issue, with some saying the 82-year-old cleric is languishing in a Libyan prison.

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Think Positive: Pessimism Can Block Therapy

Spine surgeon Anders Cohen puts a lot of stock in patients' expectations of pain relief. He prefers to operate only on those who "grab you by the collar and say, `I can't take it anymore.'"

New brain research proves doctors like Cohen are onto something: Pessimism can override the effectiveness of even powerful treatments.

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Death Penalty for 11 in India Train Burning Case

An Indian court sentenced 11 Muslims to death Tuesday after finding them guilty of setting a train fire that killed 60 Hindu nationalists nine years ago and triggered one of India's worst outbursts of communal violence.

Judge P.R. Patel last week convicted 31 Muslims of being part of a criminal conspiracy that led to the deaths of 60 people when a Sabarmati Express train coach packed with Hindu pilgrims was set on fire in western Gujarat state in 2002.

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Google Tweaks Search to Punish 'Low-Quality' Sites

Google has tweaked the formulas steering its Internet search engine to take the rubbish out of its results. The overhaul is designed to lower the rankings of what Google deems "low-quality" sites.

That could be a veiled reference to such sites as Demand Media's, which critics call online "content farms" — that is, sites producing cheap, abundant, mostly useless content that ranks high in search results.

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Saudi Arabia Making up For Libya's Crude Shortfall

The chief executive of Saudi Arabia's state-run oil giant says it has stepped in to compensate for an export shortfall stemming from the unrest in Libya.

Saudi Aramco's Khalid Al Falih declined on Monday to specify how much additional oil Saudi Arabia — the de facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries — has pumped into the market.

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