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After 33 years in power, Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he will step down in the coming days. Earlier, after returning from Saudi Arabia where he received medical treatment for injuries sustained in a June assassination attempt, Saleh called for early elections, a move that set off violent protests.

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The stock market continued its best imitation of a roller coaster this week, reports of Syrian protesters' deaths came in after assurances that military operations against the opposition had ceased, and American liberals cringed at the thought of another former Texas governor in the White House. (more)

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President Obama and other world leaders called Thursday for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign in the face of the regime's continued violence against pro-democracy protesters.

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Has the world gone mad or is Sarah Palin a trendsetter? Florida's Republican Sen. Mel Martinez has announced he will step down after Congress' August recess, claiming that his priorities of "my faith, my family and my country" suggest it's time for him to retire from public life. Rumors are circulating that "family problems" are behind his premature exit.

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