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SKorea Begins Naval Drills Despite NKorean Warning

Posted: 08/04/2010 - South Korea began naval drills off its west coast Thursday to strengthen its ability to counter any North Korean provocations despite Pyongyang's latest threat to retaliate against Seoul over its war games.

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Ex-US Prosecutor Accuses UN Chief Of Hiring Bias

Posted: 08/04/2010 - An accomplished former U.S. prosecutor has filed a grievance accusing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of blocking his hiring to the U.N.'s top investigative post because of discrimination based on gender and nationality.

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Naomi Campbell to Speak at Taylor War Crimes Trial

Posted: 08/04/2010 - Judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone have rejected a final protest from Charles Taylor, clearing the way for model Naomi Campbell to testify at his war crimes trial on Thursday.

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Iran says Explosion Near President Just Fireworks

Posted: 08/04/2010 - Iran's official news agency said Wednesday that an explosion near the president's convoy was just an excited fan setting off fireworks, denying earlier reports of an assassination attempt.

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NATO's Afghan War Commander Stresses Troop Defense

Updated: 08/04/2010 - The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan issued an updated directive Wednesday, repeating his predecessor's curbs on use of air power and heavy weapons when civilians are at risk but stressing the right of troops to defend themselves.

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Historian Doubts Demjanjuk's War-Time Account

Updated: 08/04/2010 - A U.S. military historian is expressing doubts about John Demjanjuk's account of his whereabouts in the last years of World War II at the retired Ohio autoworker's trial over allegations he was a guard at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp.

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Egypt Admits Rocket Attack From Its Own Soil

Updated: 08/04/2010 - The deadly rocket attacks on Israel and Jordan's Red Sea ports were carried out by the militant Palestinian Hamas group operating from Egypt, an Egyptian official said Wednesday after days of denials.

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Iraq Releases Former Top Saddam Loyalist

Updated: 08/04/2010 - The Iraqi government has released from prison a top Saddam Hussein loyalist after he was found innocent of helping the former regime punish opponents by draining the country's fabled marshlands, a judge said Wednesday.

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Tap Water In South China Town Contaminated

Updated: 08/04/2010 - Some 10,000 residents in a southern China town have been told not to drink tap water after tests showed it was contaminated by a heavy metal, a local official said Wednesday.

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Toyota Posts Quarterly Profit As Car Sales Rise

Updated: 08/04/2010 - The company reports a quarterly profit of $2.2 billion, reversing the red ink from a year earlier. Toyota also raised its full year earnings forecast today.

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Heavy Rains Continue To Plague Northern China

Updated: 08/04/2010 - Workers in northeast China trying to shore-up reservoirs and riverbanks are being hampered by yet more heavy rain. The country's official news agency reports that workers are rushing to repair 51 small reservoirs that suffered damage, and to fortify riverbanks.

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3 Children, 1 Teacher Killed In China Attack

Updated: 08/04/2010 - Area residents say an unidentified knife-wielding assailant entered the school in the eastern city of Zibo on Tuesday afternoon, slashing about 20 children and staff.

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Mexico Finds Tunnel, Possible Tombs Under Ruins

Posted: 08/03/2010 - A long-sealed tunnel has been found under the ruins of Teotihuacan and chambers that seem to branch off it may hold the tombs of some of the ancient city's early rulers, archaeologists said Tuesday.

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Video Sheds Light On Indonesia Military Actions

Posted: 08/03/2010 - The jumpy video shows a prisoner lying in a jungle clearing in eastern Indonesia moments after troops allegedly sliced open his abdomen with a bayonet, sending intestines tumbling from his stomach.

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Panama Finds 3 More Bodies At US Man's Hostel

Posted: 08/03/2010 - Authorities said they recovered three more bodies Tuesday on property owned by a jailed U.S. man who prosecutors say has confessed to killing five fellow Americans to get their money and property in a Panamanian resort area.

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First New Zealand Soldier Dies In Afghanistan

Posted: 08/03/2010 - New Zealand suffered its first combat fatality in Afghanistan when a soldier died in an ambush that left another two New Zealand soldiers and an Afghan interpreter wounded, an official said on Wednesday.

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NASA Puts Off Space Station Repair Until Friday

Posted: 08/03/2010 - NASA says it needs more time to prepare before sending two astronauts on a spacewalk to replace a broken pump on the station's cooling system. The pump failed over the weekend and knocked out half of the space station's cooling system, which keeps electronic equipment from overheating.

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Russia Admits Some Wildfires Are Out Of Control

Updated: 08/03/2010 - Some of the devastating wildfires sweeping western Russia are out of control, Russia's emergency chief said Tuesday, as fears grew there were not enough firefighters to battle them.

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Russia Pushes Back Chemical Weapons Deadline

Updated: 08/03/2010 - Russia's Foreign Ministry says the country will push back its deadline for destroying chemical weapons stockpiles by as much as three years due to budget and technical problems.

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Protesters In Poland Block Cross From Being Moved

Updated: 08/03/2010 - Protesters shouting "Defend the cross!" scuffled with police Tuesday but managed to prevent Polish officials from moving a cross erected outside the presidential palace in memory of the late President Lech Kaczynski.

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