Putin Warns Gay Olympics Visitors to ‘Leave Kids Alone, Please’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_acf173ca6f.jpgALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Gays and lesbians can feel at ease in Russia during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi next month, but they should stay away from children, President Vladimir Putin told a group of Olympics volunteers Friday. “We do not ban anything, nor do we grab anyone, and unlike other countries we have no liability for such relations,” he said in comments that appeared on state TV.  “So one can feel calm and at ease; just leave kids alone, please.”

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Prince Harry to Assume Army Desk Job Position

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_7739fa1cf6.jpgSgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD via Getty Images (LONDON) -- Britain's Prince Harry is stepping away from the cockpit of Apache helicopters and moving behind a desk. Kensington Palace announced in a statement Friday that Harry has completed his attachment to the 3 Regiment Army Air Corps and will now take up a staff officer position. "His responsibilities will include helping to co-ordinate significant projects and commemorative events involving the Army in London.  Prince Harry will retain the rank of Captain and be based from Horse Guards, in Central London," the Palace said.

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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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