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The Two-Way
12:02 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Spectacular: The Descent Of Curiosity As Seen From NASA's Mars Orbiter

The Mars rover Curiosity.
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 1:24 pm

This photograph brings some perspective to the amazing feat of landing a small vehicle on Mars:

The picture was taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just as the spacecraft carrying Curiosity deployed its parachute. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment at The University of Arizona, which released the image, explains:

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The Torch
12:02 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

U.S. Judo Athlete Delpopolo Disqualified Over Failed Drug Test

American judo athlete Nick Delpopolo has been disqualified from the London 2012 Games after failing a drug test, according to the International Olympic Committee. The 23-year-old Delpopolo tested positive for the substance THC, found in marijuana.

Delpopolo finished seventh in the 73 kg — or 160.5 pound — judo event. After the competition, his urine sample showed the presence of THC, a prohibited substance in Olympic sport.

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The Two-Way
11:53 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Syrian Prime Minister Defects In Major Blow To Assad Regime

Syria's recently appointed prime minister has defected to Jordan and joined the opposition to President Bashar Assad, the highest-level departure to date from the embattled regime.

Prime Minister Riyad Hijab fled with his family just two months after assuming his post in the Cabinet. In a statement read to Al-Jazeera television, Hijab rejected a claim from Syrian state media that he had been fired.

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The Two-Way
11:38 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Following Attack, Egypt Deploys Helicopter Gunships To Sinai

A photo released by the Israeli army shows Israeli chief of staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz inspecting a burnt vehicle near the Kerem Shalom border crossing after unidentified gunmen crossed into Israel from Egypt.
Gal Ashuach AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 8:41 am

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said a Sunday attack that left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead should serve as "wake-up call for the Egyptians to take matters into their own hands."

The New York Times reports this was the deadliest attack on Egyptian soldiers in recent memory and highlights both the tension between Egypt's new government and Israel and the fact that the attack means an escalation of violence in the Sinai Peninsula.

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Participation Nation
11:33 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Help For 'Tubies' In Jefferson City, Mo.

Danielle Peterson lives in Jefferson City, Mo., and has a chronic illness that requires her to be tube fed.
Courtesy of Danielle Peterson

This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.

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