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Blackout Hits Large Swath Of Venezuela

Posted: 04/07/2011 - A blackout hit a large swath of Venezuela on Thursday, darkening street lights, shutting down the Caracas subway and prompting the government to announce temporary rationing measures.

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Shanghai To Begin Building Long-Sought Disney Park

Posted: 04/07/2011 - Walt Disney Co. and its Shanghai partner are breaking ground Friday for a long-awaited theme park that Disney hopes will draw legions of newly affluent Chinese and provide a cornerstone for its brand in the world's most populous country.

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NRC: US 50-Mile Evacuation Based on Assumptions

Posted: 04/07/2011 - A recommendation for all U.S. citizens living within 50 miles of the crippled Japan nuclear power plant to leave was based on incomplete information and assumptions about the reactors' condition, U.S. nuclear officials told an independent advisory panel Thursday.

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Ivory Coast Leader in Bunker Vows Not to Surrender

Updated: 04/07/2011 - An armed group trying to install Ivory Coast's internationally recognized president has surrounded a bunker the country's strongman refuses to leave, saying they will wait for him to come out.

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Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake Hits Off Japan Coast

Updated: 04/07/2011 - Japan was rattled by a magnitude-7.4 aftershock Thursday night nearly a month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the northeastern coast.

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Australia Aims To Strip Logos From Cigarette Packs

Posted: 04/06/2011 - Tobacco companies in Australia will be forced to strip all logos from their cigarette packages and replace them with graphic images of cancer-riddled, rotted mouths and sickly children under newly unveiled legislation.

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Succession Speculation As NKorea Parliament Meets

Posted: 04/06/2011 - North Korean legislators gathered in Pyongyang on Thursday amid speculation that leader Kim Jong Il may appoint his son to a post that would make him the nation's second most powerful man.

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Chinese Artist Felt Detainment Coming, Wife Says

Posted: 04/06/2011 - Multiple police visits in the week before renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was detained triggered foreboding that this harassment was different, his wife said, as state media reported police were investigating Ai for suspected economic crimes.

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59 Bodies Found In Pits In Mexican Border State

Updated: 04/06/2011 - Fifty-nine bodies were found buried Wednesday in a series of pits in the northern Mexico state of Tamaulipas, near the site where suspected drug gang members massacred 72 migrants last summer, officials said.

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Focus on Preventing Explosions at Japan Nuke Plant

Posted: 04/06/2011 - After notching a rare victory by stopping highly radioactive water from flowing into the Pacific on Wednesday, workers at Japan's flooded nuclear power complex turned to their next task: injecting nitrogen to prevent more hydrogen explosions.

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AP Exclusive: Gadhafi Asks Obama to End Air War

Updated: 04/06/2011 - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is appealing to President Barack Obama to halt the NATO operation to protect opponents of his regime. In a letter to Obama obtained by The Associated Press, Gadhafi implores Obama to stop what he called an "unjust war against a small people of a developing country."

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Climbers Launch Expedition To Clear Everest Trash

Posted: 04/05/2011 - A team of mountaineers led by a veteran Sherpa guide flew Wednesday to Mount Everest on an expedition to clear away tons of trash left on the world's highest peak.

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Former President Of Central African Republic Dies

Posted: 04/05/2011 - Ange-Felix Patasse, who led the desperately poor nation of Central African Republic for a decade before being ousted in a 2003 coup, has died at a hospital in neighboring Cameroon, officials said. He was 74.

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Japan Nuclear Plant Plugs Highly Radioactive Leak

Posted: 04/05/2011 - Workers at Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant on Wednesday finally halted a leak that was sending a tide of radioactive water into the Pacific and exacerbating concerns over the safety of seafood, the operator said.

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Ecuador Expels US Ambassador In WikiLeaks Flap

Posted: 04/05/2011 - Ecuador said Tuesday it is expelling the U.S. ambassador over a diplomatic cable divulged by WikiLeaks that accuses a newly retired police chief of a long history of corruption and speculates that President Rafael Correa was aware of it.

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Ivory Coast Strongman Says He's Not Stepping Down

Posted: 04/05/2011 - Ivory Coast's strongman leader Laurent Gbagbo holed up in a bunker inside the presidential residence Tuesday, defiantly maintaining he won the election four months ago even as troops backing the internationally recognized winner encircled the home.

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2 Americans Killed At Tijuana Border Crossing

Posted: 04/04/2011 - Two men who prosecutors tentatively identified as U.S. citizens were shot to death in their vehicle early Monday as they waited at a Tijuana-area border crossing to enter the United States.

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Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly Wins Haiti Election

Posted: 04/04/2011 - Musician Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly scored a come-from-behind victory Monday in Haiti's presidential runoff, according to preliminary results from last month's election showing he easily defeated a former first lady for the leadership of a country facing enormous challenges.

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Final Battle Rages In Ivory Coast

Posted: 04/04/2011 - The United Nations and French forces opened fire with attack helicopters Monday on the arsenal of this country's entrenched ruler, as columns of foot soldiers finally pierced the city limit and surrounded the strongman's home.

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Mexican Border Police Deny Role In Disappearances

Posted: 04/04/2011 - Rights activists and relatives of four men missing in this border city raised questions Monday about whether officers of the city's new get-tough police chief were responsible for the men's disappearance.

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UN Helicopter Fires at Gbagbo Ivory Coast Forces

Posted: 04/04/2011 - A United Nations helicopter fired at strongman Laurent Gbagbo's forces on Monday as France authorized its military to take out his heavy weapons, an unprecedented escalation in the international community's efforts to oust the entrenched leader.

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