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Looted treasures return to Afghan

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More than 800 historical artifacts have been returned to Afghanistan on Sunday with the help of the British Museum and the UK's Ministry of Defense, the BBC reported. The artifacts were handed over to the museum in Kabul.

Afghanistan's National Museum lost about 70 percent of its artifacts during the civil war in the early 1990s. These items were sold in the black market, AFP reported.

Some were intercepted after they were smuggled to U.K. by the border forces. Others were recovered by the Metropolitan Police in London, the BBC reported.

Some artifacts were acquired by donors on behalf the museum, AFP reported.

" God willing, we will never see days as bad as that again," said Fahim Rahimi, the chief curator of Afghanistan's National Museum about the stolen artifacts, the BBC reported.

"I am happy as an Afghan that all of these pieces that are so important to the history and culture of this country are back with us," Rahimi said, the BBC reported.

UN condemns Syria in a resolution

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The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution that condemns the government of Syria on Friday. The resolution also criticized the Security Council's failure to act, Al Jazeera reported.

The 193 member states passed the Saudi-drafted resolution with 133 votes in favor, 12 against and 31 absentees. The countries voted against the resolution are the permanent members of the Security Council China and Russia, and other countries that criticize West, Reuters reported.

Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, said powerful countries are harming the rebels and the government. "The immediate interests of the Syrian people must be paramount over any larger rivalries of influence," Ban said, Al Jazeera reported.

Kofi Annan resigned as Syria peace envoy. Annan said "finger-pointing and name-calling in the Security Council " was one of many reasons for his resignation, Reuters reported.

Cheney: Palin as VP a mistake

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Dick Cheney said Romney should not pick another Palin as his running mate , ABC News reported.

Former vice president said John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate was "a mistake," The Washington Post.

"I don't think was well handled," said Cheney in an interview with ABC News, The Washington Post reported.

"Is this person capable of being president of the United States?" said Cheney about narrowing down a list to pick a running mate, ABC News reported.

"Audit the Fed " bill passes the House

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Rep. Ron Paul's bill to audit the Federal Reserve was passed in the House on Wednesday, the Washington Time reported.

The bill was passed by 327-98 vote. Paul's victory came as his retirement from the Congress near in 2012, Reuters reported.

Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said it would be a "nightmare scenario," if politicians influenced the monetary policy, the Washington Times.

The bill will direct the Government Accountability Office to audit the Fed including its monetary policy and other decisions, Reuters reported.

"I don't know how anybody could be against transparency," said Paul about the lack of transparency in the system during the debate on Thursday, Reuters reported.

The bill will not pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland along with 95 democrats and one Republican voted against the bill, the Washington Times reported.

Obama visits Aurora

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President Barack Obama visited the families of the deadly shooting that killed 12 and injured 58 people, the BBC reported.

Obama will met with the families and victims. The shooting occurred in Aurora, Colo., near the Columbine High School, where students and teachers were killed by a student in 1999, Reuters reported.

James Holmes, 24, was arrested on charge of 12 counts of first-degree murders,Reuters reported.

The shooting happened at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises " that was packed with people. Holmes allegedly started fire at people and arrested by the police near the theate, the BBC reported.

Analysis of numbers in a survey

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Numbers in news stories help the audience to think the bigger picture. Journalists need to know basic Math to report stories such as budget or survey.

USA Today reported that "nearly one in five Americans" don't have any religious affiliation. The was study conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. The reporter attributes the organization that conducted the survey.

Cathy Lynn Grossman uses different numbers to tell the trend. Grossman shows 19,377 people were surveyed, which tells the readers the size of the sample for the study. Grossman uses Math to tell that "nearly one in five Americans" without any religious connection. The reporter compares numbers between two studies and cites the sources.

The reporter tells a simple story effectively with numbers.

Ron Paul says Romney should release tax returns

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Rep.Ron Paul said Mitt Romney should release his tax returns to the public on Tuesday. CBS News reported Paul added to other Republicans call to release Romney's return.

"Politically, I think that would help him," said Paul about the demand for releasing returns. "In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want," Politico reported.

Politico reported the Obama camp has been attacking Romney for not releasing more returns.

"Romney admits that over the last two years, he's paid less than 15 percent in taxes on $43 million in income. Makes you wonder if some years he paid any taxes at all," said a narrator in a new Obama ad, Politico reported.

A DNC ad released on Tuesday claimed John McCain in 2008 had access to Romney's tax returns that he won't release to the public. McCain refuted the claim about Romney's tax returns disqualified his vice president choice, CBS News reported.

CBS News reported McCain said, "I don't know what depths these people won't reach. Obviously, it's just outrageous," in an interview with Politico.

"The important issue is [what] the two candidates seem to agree on. They don't really disagree with militarism overseas, " said Paul, Politico reported.

USA Team uniforms "Made in China"

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The U.S. Olympians at the London Olympics will wear uniforms that were made by China, ABC News reported.

ABC News found "made in China" labels in the uniforms. American athletes will wear the patriotic color uniforms at the opening ceremony.

The report by ABC News on Wednesday sparked outrage against the U.S. Olympics Committee from both Democratic and Republican legislatures, CNN reported.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner said "You'd think they'd know better," the BBC reported.

"I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, CNN reported.

The committee said, "The U.S. Olympic team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors. We're proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company," ABC News reported.

CNN reported Ralph Lauren has designed uniforms in 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics, which were manufactured in China.

"Why shouldn't we have pride not only in the American athletes, but in the American manufacturers and laborers who are the backbone of our country?" asked Nanett Lepore, one of the top designers in the country, ABC News reported.

Holder will challenge voter ID laws

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Attorney General Eric Holder assured the Justice Department will aggressively challenge voter ID laws on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported.

Holder said "we will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious rights,"in the NAACP convention in Houston,Texas, The Washington Post reported.

Politico reported that Holder said he will challenge voter laws that restrict minorities rights in states like Texas. He compared voter ID laws to poll taxes in the South during the Jim Crow era.

"Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them -- and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them," Holder said to the attendees of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Politico reported.

Texas voter law requires voters to show a photo ID before voting. The Justice Department blocked the law and said it violated 1965 Voting Rights Act. The department said it will harm the ability of Hispanics to vote in elections, The Washington Post.

Gov. Rick Perry signed the law in May 2011. "The attorney general is making political speeches more than a thousand miles way," said Lucy Nashed, a spokeswoman for Perry, The Washington Post reported.

Palestinian officials have called for an international inquiry into Yasser Arafat's death in November 2004, the BBC reported.

Al Jazeera reported in a documentary that Arafat was poisoned.The Swiss scientists examined Arafat's belongings contained high levels of polonium, highly radioactive element.

The Tunisian government has called for an international inquiry into the issue and an emergency meeting of the Arab League. Riyad al-Mansouri, the Palestinian foreign minister, said his government backed Tunisian call on the Voice of Palestine radio, Al Jazeera reported.

He said, the Palestine "people are all anxious to know all the details surrounding Arafat's death, so we can close this file," Al Jazeera reported.

The Institut de Radiophysique's scientist in Lausanne, Switzerland, said the examination of Arafat's bones would provide conclusive evidence for poisoning.Scientist examined his clothes, toothbrush and kaffiyeh to cnculde that he may be poisoned, Al Jazeera, which conducted nine months investigation, reported.

Suha Arafat, the late Palestine leader's wife, has requested Arafat's body to be exhumed to reveal the reason behind the death of her husband. She objected post-mortem on his body in 2004.

The BBC reported that many Palestinians believe Arafat was poisoned by Israel, which placed him under house arrest and considered him as an obstacle in the peace process. Israel denied the allegation.

Arafat led the Palestine Liberation Organization for 35 years and became the first president of the Palestine Authority in 1996, the BBC reported.

The BBC reported that he fell ill in October 2004. After two weeks, he was flown into a French military hospital in Paris, where he died at the age of 75 on Nov. 11, 2004.

"At least I've done something to explain to the Palestinian people, to the Arab and Muslim generation all over the world, that it was not a natural death, it was a crime," Suha Arafat told Al Jazeera.

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