Actress Sues Tabloid for Revealing Alleged Affair with French President

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_0c2e1791ac.jpgSean Gallup/Getty Images | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images (PARIS) -- The plot thickens in France in the ongoing soap opera involving President Francois Hollande's alleged affair with actress Julie Gayet. The French tabloid Closer, which broke the story of the purported affair, said Thursday it was being sued by Gayet for invasion of privacy to the tune of 50,000 euros ($68,000) plus legal fees. Closer published photos and a story of Hollande apparently entering and leaving the actress' apartment.

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Narcotics Trade Could Soon Dominate Afghanistan

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_3b3e74fb82.jpgberna namoglu/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Already known for rampant corruption, Afghanistan's government is also in jeopardy of falling into what's described as a "narco-criminal state" due to an abundance of opium production. That dire assessment was delivered by John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, who told Washington lawmakers Wednesday that the U.S. presence in the country has done virtually nothing to keep Afghan farmers from growing opium poppies.

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Syria Alleges Western Intelligence Talking with Assad Regime

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_179f19a3e5.jpgAFP/Getty Images (DAMASCUS, Syria) -- The State Department strongly denied as assertion by a top-ranking Syrian official that Western intelligence was cooperating with Bashar al-Assad's government in trying to turn back the tide of pro-Islamist groups fighting against the regime. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told the BBC that Western officials had actually visited Damascus to discuss combating factions that have becoming increasingly prominent during the three-year conflict.

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Scores of Iraqis Killed in Series of Bombings

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_5f8fb5620f.jpgMarcio Silva/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- Parts of central and northern Iraq were rocked by bombings Wednesday, making it one of the deadliest days in the country in the past six months. Authorities reported at least 73 fatalities with many more people wounded as suspected al Qaeda militants targeted soldiers, Sunni militiamen and civilians in equal measure.

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Airstrike Kills Civilian Family in Afghanistan

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_7476b79379.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (PARWAN, Afghanistan) -- An attack on U.S. and Afghan special forces in the Siya Gird district of Parwan, Afghanistan, and an airstrike led to the deaths of more than 20 people, including a civilian family, Tuesday, according to an announcement by Parwan governor Basir Salangi. One American was killed and one Afghan special forces soldier was injured when U.S. and Afghan forces came under attack.

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