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Top Stories: Assad's Denials, Pakistani Leader's Future

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- Syria's Assad: 'We Don't Kill Our People'.

-- Trip To Dubai Raises Questions About Pakistani Leader's Future.

-- Roadside Bomb Kills 19 In Afghanistan.

-- Internal Probe, Criminal Charges Still Pending In W.Va. Mine Disaster

-- Pearl Harbor Attack's 70th Anniversary: Memories, Moment Of Silence

Other top stories:

-- "New Sandusky Accuser Steps Forward, Alleges Abuse." (The Associated Press)

-- "Italy Mafia Boss Zagaria Found In Bunker," Police Say. (BBC News)

-- In Russia, Former Leader Gorbachev Wants New Election "Amid Fraud Claims." (Sky News)

-- "Stock Futures Flat On Caution Over EU Summit." (Reuters)

-- "At Climate Talks, Resistance From India, China, U.S." (Morning Edition)

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