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Frustrations Defeat Another Diplomat, As U.N. Syria Envoy Quits

Beef From Brazil Could Lower Prices, But American Ranchers Are Wary

Sharon Harvat drives a blue pickup truck through a field of several hundred pregnant heifers on her property outside Scottsbluff in western Nebraska. Harvat and her husband run their cattle in the Nebraska panhandle during the winter, then back to northern Colorado when the calves are born.

Harvat says when she heard about a proposal to open up the beef trade with Brazil, she felt a pit in her stomach.

"On an operation like ours, where we travel a lot with our cattle, that would probably come to an abrupt halt if there was an outbreak," she says.

Obama Judicial Nominee Gets A Hostile Reception From Democrats

Student-teacher ratio is one component of high-quality preschool.

State Spots In Preschool Declining, Report Finds

Public preschool enrollment fell slightly last year, according to a report released today by researchers at Rutgers University.

About 9,000 fewer children attended public pre-K programs in 2013 than in 2012, the report from the university's National Institute for Early Education Research says. It's the first time since researchers began examining this issue in 2002 that the numbers have fallen.

International Aviation Agency Says Aircraft Tracking Is A Priority

An international aviation organization is taking a first step toward implementing a system that would track aircraft globally.

The Globe and Mail reports that after a two-day meeting in Montreal, the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization said that the tracking system would be "pursued as a matter of priority."

Australia's Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, right,  speaks at a news conference as Treasurer Joe Hockey looks on in Canberra on Tuesday.

Australian Government Plans To Slash Budget, Raise Taxes

Australia's conservative government says it wants to effect radical spending cuts and tax increases aimed at nearly halving the fiscal deficit by 2016.

In a speech to Parliament, Treasurer Joe Hockney said Tuesday that "the age of entitlement is over."

An Iraqi schoolgirl passes a banner supporting a proposal that, among other things, would allow men to marry girls as young as 9. Opponents say it would mark a major setback for women and children. The Arabic on the banner reads: "The Jaafari Personal Status Law saves my rights and my dignity."

Iraq Debates Law That Would Allow Men To Marry 9-Year-Old Girls

A stroll through the Baghdad Book Fair last month was a lesson in today's cultural norms in Iraq. The books — gold-embossed, neatly arrayed — were almost all religious, and most of the customers were men.

But in the middle of the white pavilion, a woman's voice rang out loud and strong. Fawzia al-Babakhan, a lawyer, delivered a blistering critique of a proposed law that would rewrite the rules for matters such as marriage and inheritance according to Shiite Islamic law.

4 Workers Killed In Turkish Mine Explosion

At least four mine workers were killed by an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey on Tuesday, according to a member of the Turkish parliament. Hundreds more remain trapped.

The lawmaker, Muzaffer Yurttas, told Turkish television news channel NTV that "they died of choking and burns."

Ukranian soldiers stop cars at a highway checkpoint near Slovansky, Ukraine, on Tuesday.

6 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In Ambush

Ukraine says six of its soldiers were killed during an ambush by militants on Tuesday.

CNN reports the Ukrainian Defense Ministry called it a "terrorist attack." The network adds:

"The incident took place in the village of Oktyabrski in the Slovyansk region, about 20 kilometers from Kramatorsk, during 'a unit movement from the military base.' The location is in volatile eastern Ukraine.

Attendees line up to enter the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco in May 2013.

Big Questions Now That Europeans Can Edit Google Search Results

In case you missed it, Europe's highest court has set a new precedent: Individuals in 28 European countries can now request the removal of search results they consider harmful. Is this ruling a big win for the individual? Or does this break the Internet?

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