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A "Dull" and "Boring" partnership
Dull, Scotland welcoming its visitors.
August 15th, 2012
12:40 PM ET

A "Dull" and "Boring" partnership

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

(CNN) – This is a dull and boring story. Or rather, one about Dull and Boring.

Seemingly always meant for each other, this summer officials from the towns of Dull, Scotland and Boring, Oregon signed-off on an 'unofficial' sister-city partnership.

The Dull and Boring citizens hope the good-natured notoriety can bring a little extra tourist traffic – and fun – to their city limits.

[1:44] "Basically, it's a means of just attracting attention to our names: Boring and Dull", says Steve Bates, chairman of Boring's Community Planning Organization.

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What's next for Egypt?
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (center), head of the military council Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (left), and Egyptian armed forces Chief of Staff Sami Anan.
August 15th, 2012
10:48 AM ET

What's next for Egypt?

By Jim Ribble, CNN

(CNN) - Imagine if a U.S. president decided to fire all Joint Chiefs of Staff at once and replace them with generals more to his liking . That's the equivalent of what happened in Egypt this weekend.

CNN's Ian Lee reports that:

[:13] "For the first time in the country's history a civilian elected leader has more power than the military...the question is now: will the military accept this, and what will he do with all that power?"

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Is Assad regime collapsing?
Syrian nationals protest in front of the Iranian embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli.
August 15th, 2012
08:46 AM ET

Is Assad regime collapsing?

By Tommy Andres, CNN

(CNN) - For the first time since defecting last week, Syria's former prime minister spoke to the media Tuesday. Riyad Farid Hijab told reporters at a news conference in Amman, Jordan that Bashar Al-Assad's days in power are numbered:

[1:08] "I can confirm to you, given my experience and the position I had, that the regime's morale, economy and military has completely collapsed, and is only in control of no more than 30% of Syrian lands." FULL POST

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