City of Turin Brings Italy One Step Closer to Legalizing Pot

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_df566cb961.jpgPhotoStock-Israel/Getty Images (TURIN, Italy) -- The northern Italian city of Turin is moving Italy one step closer to legalizing marijuana. The Turin city council voted to make the drug legal for medical reasons and is taking its proposal to Italian parliament to try to get elected members to change Italy’s law. Currently in Italy, violations involving cannabis are treated the same as those involving cocaine or heroin.

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Kate Middleton’s Brother Tends the Royal Dog, Lupo

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_3915f6e6ca.jpgKensington Palace (LONDON) -- Before Prince William and Duchess Catherine welcomed their son George, their main focus was their cocker spaniel, Lupo. No longer. On Monday, it was Middleton’s brother James who took over dog-sitting duty. James, 26, was photographed walking the dog through London. But why? Perhaps it’s to help lighten the load for the Duke and Duchess.

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Syrian Opposition Still Hesitant to Attend Geneva Summit

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_66ad475cc3.jpgAntonChalakov/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- With a week to go before international-brokered talks begin in Geneva in an effort to end the three-year Syrian conflict, the country's main opposition is still not committed to attending the summit. If the Syrian National Coalition decides Friday it will not show up in Switzerland on Jan. 22, it could conceivably lose support from the U.S. and Britain, its two main proponents.

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Baghdad Bombings Overshadow UN Secretary-General's Visit

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_7bf6091def.jpgMarcio Silva/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- A high-profile visit to Iraq Monday by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was overshadowed by car bomb explosions targeting Shiite Muslim neighborhoods in Baghdad, killing at least 25 people and casting more doubts about the government's ability to protect its people from terrorist attacks. The bombings, which also coincided with Iraqis celebrating the Prophet Mohammad's birthday, left more than 75 people wounded.

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Obama Urges Congress to Hold Off on New Iran Sanctions

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_db942d8871.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama reiterated his call for Congress to hold off on imposing any new sanctions against Iran Monday, just one day after a final deal for Iran to curb its nuclear program was announced. “It’s going to be difficult. It’s going to be challenging, but ultimately, this is how diplomacy should work,” Obama said at the end of a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy on Monday.

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