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Oil Hovers Near $75 Amid US Crude Supply Drop

Posted: 09/08/2010 - Oil prices hovered near $75 a barrel Thursday in Asia after a report showed U.S. crude inventories fell more than expected, suggesting demand may be improving.

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Blind Activist Lawyer Set To Be Released In China

Posted: 09/08/2010 - Heavy security surrounded the rural home of a blind, self-taught activist lawyer to be released from a Chinese prison Thursday after a four-year sentence that supporters say stemmed from his work documenting forced abortions and other abuses.

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Circus Fish-Swallowing Act Dropped In Australia

Posted: 09/08/2010 - A Russian circus touring Australia has dropped an act in which a performer swallows a live fish then regurgitates it after complaints that it was in poor taste and inhumane.

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UN Reports Over 500 Rapes In Eastern Congo

Posted: 09/07/2010 - The United Nations reported Tuesday that more than 500 systematic rapes were committed by armed combatants in eastern Congo since late July.

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Gunmen Burst Into Factory In Honduras, Kill 15

Posted: 09/07/2010 - Men armed with assault rifles burst into a shoe factory and opened fire Tuesday, killing at least 15 workers and wounding eight, Honduran authorities said.

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Australian Gov't Plans To Continue With Mining Tax

Posted: 09/07/2010 - Tensions emerged on the first full day of Australia's new minority government's rule Wednesday between the deputy prime minister and a kingmaker independent legislator over plans to make mining companies pay more tax.

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China Calls In Japan Envoy Over Boat Collision

Posted: 09/07/2010 - Diplomatic tensions between China and Japan escalated Wednesday when Beijing called in Japan's ambassador after a Chinese fishing boat collided with two Japanese patrol vessels near a chain of disputed islands and Tokyo arrested the boat's captain.

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2 Asteroids to Pass Harmlessly Past Earth

Updated: 09/07/2010 - NASA says two small asteroids discovered just days ago will zip harmlessly past Earth on Wednesday, a double flyby that should be visible through a telescope.

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UN Nuke Agency Warns Monitoring Of Iran Hampered

Posted: 09/06/2010 - The U.N. atomic agency expressed alarm Monday about Iran's decision to bar some of its inspectors, suggesting that its efforts to monitor the country's nuclear program were suffering as a result.

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Suicide Attack In NW Pakistan Kills 17 People

Posted: 09/06/2010 - A Taliban suicide bomber detonated a car in an alley behind a police station in a strategically important town in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, killing at least 17 police and civilians in an explosion that shattered the station and neighboring homes.

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Lawyer: Iran Woman Could Be Stoned To Death Soon

Posted: 09/06/2010 - The lawyer for an Iranian woman sentenced to be stoned on an adultery conviction said Monday that he and her children are worried the delayed execution could be carried out soon with the end of a moratorium on death sentences for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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Nine Dead in New Zealand Plane Crash

Updated: 09/03/2010 - Nine people have died when a light aircraft belonging to a skydiving company crashed on New Zealand's South Island on Saturday.

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SKorea Foreign Minister Offers to Resign

Posted: 09/03/2010 - A news report says South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan has offered to resign over his ministry's controversial hiring of his daughter.

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Powerful 7.1 Quake Hits New Zealand

Updated: 09/03/2010 - A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake damaged buildings, cut power and knocked fleeing residents off their feet on New Zealand's South Island early Saturday, but there were so far no deaths and only two injuries reported.

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Police Say Attacks on Pakistani Minorities Kill 44

Posted: 09/03/2010 - Suicide bombings targeting religious minorities killed at least 44 people in Pakistan on Friday, sharply driving up the toll of sectarian assaults in a country already battered by massive flooding.

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Sea Shepherd Sees Dolphins Caught In Japan Cove

Posted: 09/02/2010 - Dolphins have been herded into a cove as part of an annual hunt in the Japanese seaside town made famous by an Oscar-winning documentary about their slaughter, Sea Shepherd said Friday.

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Calderon: Violence Price Worth Paying In Drug War

Posted: 09/02/2010 - President Felipe Calderon tried to rally frustrated Mexicans behind his increasingly bloody drug war Thursday, saying he knows violence has surged under his watch, but arguing that it is the price of confronting powerful and brutal cartels.

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