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Posted: March 21, 2013 at 5:01 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining the world’s worst weapons.” President Barack Obama, at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Article, 1A Venezuela cuts off U.S. contact lines CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s government has halted lines of communication established by a top U.S. diplomat to protest what it says has been U.S. interference in the country’s internal affairs ahead of an election set next month to replace the late President Hugo Chavez.

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Chemical weapons used, Syrians claim

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian victim who suffered an alleged chemical attack at Khan al-Assal village according to SANA, receives treatment by doctors, at a hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday March 19, 2013. Syria's information minister says a chemical weapon fired by rebels on a village in the north of the country is the "first act" by the opposition interim government announced in Istanbul. He says 16 people were killed and 86 wounded in the attack. Rebels have denied the accusation and say regime forces fired the weapon. (AP Photo/SANA)

BEIRUT — The Syrian government and Syrian rebels traded accusations about an attack in the northern province o... Read »

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South Korean banks, media hacked

Depositors leave after checking their accounts through automated teller machines of Shinhan Bank at a subway station as the bank's computer networks was paralyzed in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Police and South Korean officials were investigating the simultaneous shutdown Wednesday of computer networks at several major broadcasters and banks. While the cause wasn't immediately clear, speculation centered on a possible North Korean cyberattack. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL, South Korea — Computer networks running three major South Korean banks and two of the country’s largest... Read »