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'Baby Doc' Duvalier Back in Haiti After Long Exile

Posted: 01/16/2011 - Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier returned Sunday to Haiti after nearly 25 years in exile, a surprising and perplexing move that comes as his country struggles with a political crisis and the stalled effort to recover from last year's devastating earthquake.

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Irish Premier Won't Quit Over Ireland Debt Crisis

Posted: 01/16/2011 - Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen faced a fight for political survival Sunday as he rebuffed pressure to resign and a senior Cabinet colleague announced he would challenge him for the party leadership.

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Death Toll in Brazilian Mudslides Above 600

Posted: 01/15/2011 - The death toll in massive mudslides in Brazil has risen to more than 600 and officials say it could go even higher, once they get access to remote villages.

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Soaked Australia Focuses on Flood Clean-Up

Posted: 01/15/2011 - Some Australian communities remained isolated by floodwaters and others braced for a new river peak Sunday as the nation's third-largest city struggled to clean up the putrid sludge left behind by the receding Brisbane River.

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Rome Scrambles to Ready for 2 Million Pilgrims

Posted: 01/15/2011 - Crowd control experts were rushing to ready Rome for an estimated 2 million pilgrims for Pope John Paul II's beatification on May 1, when the city will be thronged with Easter week tourists.

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Chavez Calls for Conciliation Between Rivals

Posted: 01/15/2011 - President Hugo Chavez called for conciliation between Venezuela's political rivals Saturday and told recently elected lawmakers he was willing to sharply reduce the period of time he has to enact laws by decree.

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Pope John Paul II Moves A Step Closer To Sainthood

Posted: 01/14/2011 - During Pope John Paul II's 2005 funeral, crowds at the Vatican shouted for him to be made a saint immediately. "Santo subito!" they chanted for one of the most important and beloved pontiffs in history.

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Iran's Nuke Tour Without Major Powers, Key Allies

Posted: 01/14/2011 - A weekend tour of Iran's nuclear sites is going ahead without Russia, China, the European Union or key allies Turkey and Brazil, blunting Tehran's attempts to gain support from major powers ahead of crucial talks on its atomic activities.

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Italy's Berlusconi In Prostitution Probe

Updated: 02/20/2012 - Prosecutors are investigating whether Premier Silvio Berlusconi paid for sex with an underage girl from Morocco and then abused his power in trying to cover up the encounters, officials said Friday.

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Russian State-Owned Oil Firm Takes Stake in BP

Posted: 01/14/2011 - British oil company BP announced Friday night that Russia's state-owned oil firm Rosneft will take 5 percent of BP's ordinary voting shares in a major stock swap.

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Iceland Links Financial Crisis to Bank Execs

Posted: 01/14/2011 - Two former senior executives with Iceland's failed Landsbanki bank have been arrested over allegations of market manipulation, the special prosecutor's office said Friday.

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WikiLeaker's Lawyer Claims Prison Conditions Harsh

Posted: 01/14/2011 - The lawyer for a U.S. Army private suspected of passing thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks says the soldier is being held in harsh prison conditions and should be released.

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Mayor Shot to Death in Southern Mexico

Posted: 01/13/2011 - The mayor of a remote mountain town in Southern Oaxaca State has been shot to death, the second killing of a mayor in Mexico in a week.

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Irish Leader Won't Quit Over Ireland's Debt Crisis

Posted: 01/13/2011 - Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen refused to resign Thursday despite mounting anger within his own party over his management of Ireland's European-record deficit and its international bailout.

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Acid-Laden Tanker Capsizes on Rhine in Germany

Posted: 01/13/2011 - A tanker loaded with sulfuric acid capsized on the Rhine river in Germany on Thursday, and special cranes and more than 100 rescuers struggled to right the vessel and find two crew members who remain missing.

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355 Die in Brazil Slides, Survivors Relate Horrors

Posted: 01/13/2011 - Walls of earth and water swept away homes in the mountains north of Rio de Janeiro, wiping out families and leaving survivors scrambling Thursday to reach still-trapped neighbors.

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Turkey Identifies Obstacle to Middle East Peace

Posted: 01/13/2011 - The prime minister of Turkey, whose ties with Israel have been badly strained over the past year, has called on the Jewish state to remove its hawkish foreign minister who he says poses an obstacle to Middle East peace.

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Israel Troops on Alert After Lebanon Government Falls

Posted: 01/13/2011 - Israeli troops in the north were on alert Thursday over worries that the political turmoil in Lebanon might spill over into renewed violence on their shared border, following the collapse of the Lebanese government.

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Hundreds Dead in Brazil Slide

Posted: 01/13/2011 - Driving rains sent tons of rusty red earth sliding into mountain towns, killing at least 257 people and leaving dozens more missing — lives rescuers hope to save when they resume searches Thursday.

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Tanker Capsizes on Rhine

Posted: 01/13/2011 - A tanker loaded with sulfuric acid capsized early Thursday on the Rhine river in Germany and two crew members were missing, authorities said.

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Baghdad Car Bombs Kill 2 At Start Of Biden Visit

Posted: 01/12/2011 - Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq early Thursday for talks about the future of American troops in the country as they prepare to leave at year's end, but three explosions in the capital killing two people demonstrated the lingering security challenges facing the country.

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