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NZ Lawmaker Sculpted in Cow Manure

Posted: 11/06/2009 - A sculpture of a New Zealand government minister crafted from cow manure sold for New Zealand dollars 3,080 ($2,220) on an auction Web site.

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Italian Judge Convicts 23 in CIA Kidnap Case

Posted: 11/04/2009 - An Italian judge on Wednesday convicted 23 Americans of the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric on a Milan street, in a landmark case involving the CIA's extraordinary rendition program in the war on terrorism.

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Philippine Troops Kill 5 Al-Qaida-Linked Militants

Posted: 11/03/2009 - Government troops attacked an Abu Sayyaf camp in the rebels' southern stronghold before dawn Tuesday, triggering a five-hour clash in which five of the al-Qaida-linked militants were killed and one government militiaman was wounded, the military said.

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20 Years After, Berlin Wall Gets Facelift

Posted: 11/03/2009 - Stroke by stroke, Gerhard Kriedner applied pink acrylic paint with a small brush on a 14-yard stretch of the Berlin Wall, recreating the mural he first painted months after the Berlin Wall came down on Nov. 9, 1989.

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China Sentences Notorious Gang 'Godmother'

Posted: 11/03/2009 - Dubbed the "godmother" of the Chinese underworld, she was notorious for her toughness and a lavish lifestyle that reportedly included luxury villas and a stable of 16 young lovers.

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Guantanamo Hunger Striker Losing Weight

Posted: 11/03/2009 - A Guantanamo prisoner who has been on hunger strike for more than four years is in critical danger from malnutrition, his lawyers said Tuesday. U.S. officials insist his weight loss is not an immediate health risk.

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Anthropology Giant Claude Levi-Strauss Dead at 100

Posted: 11/03/2009 - After weeks crossing the high seas, Claude Levi-Strauss breathed in his first lungful of the New World, a perfume tinged with pepper or tobacco. The sensory awakening was the start of a journey that turned a young Parisian scholar into a founder of modern anthropology.

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Turbulence Caused Crash that Killed Mexico's No. 2

Posted: 11/03/2009 - Investigators have confirmed that turbulence from a larger plane caused the crash of a government jet that killed Mexico's interior secretary and 15 other people a year ago.

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Man Detained in Killings of 2 Venezuelan Soldiers

Posted: 11/03/2009 - A Venezuelan man was arrested in the shooting deaths of two National Guard soldiers near the Colombian border, a crime that authorities blamed on right-wing Colombian paramilitary fighters.

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Vietnam Storm Death Toll Rises to 57

Posted: 11/03/2009 - The death toll from Tropical Storm Mirinae rose to 57 in Vietnam on Wednesday as authorities stepped up rescue and relief operations in the affected central regions.

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Prosecutor Blames Karadzic for Srebrenica Massacre

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Radovan Karadzic orchestrated the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys and his only regret was "that some Muslim men got away," a U.N. prosecutor said Monday at the former Bosnian Serb leader's war crimes trial.

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Pieces of WWII-Era UK Warship Apparently Found

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Pieces of a British destroyer that was badly damaged by Albanian mines in 1946, straining relations between the two countries for decades, appear to have been discovered in a waterway near Greece, U.S. and Albanian researchers said Monday.

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Putin Requests EU Credits for Ukraine

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin urged the European Union on Monday to lend Ukraine at least $1 billion to help it pay for natural gas supplies from Russia and avoid another disruption of flows to Europe.

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Ukraine Closes All Schools to Fight Swine Flu

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Urging its citizens not to panic, Ukraine on Monday closed the nation's schools for a week to avoid the spread of swine flu and suggested that nightclubs, cinemas and food markets in the west also shut down.

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World's Fastest Man Adopts World Fastest Feline

Posted: 11/02/2009 - The world's fastest man adopted the animal kingdom's fastest sprinter Monday, as Usain Bolt welcomed a new baby cheetah named Lightning Bolt into his life.

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Former KGB Spy Shot Dead in Moscow

Posted: 11/02/2009 - A Russian businessman who had been convicted in Israel of being a KGB spy was shot dead in Moscow on Monday, police said.

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Latin American Leaders Move to Extend Their Rule

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Horrified by the excesses of dictatorship, Latin Americans discarded the strongman model at the end of the 20th century and limited politicians' time in power.

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Muslim Ex-Gitmo Detainees Face Challenges in Palau

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Six former Guantanamo Bay detainees brought to Palau for resettlement have received a warm official welcome, but a plan to deport Bangladeshi workers could halve this Pacific Island nation's already-tiny Muslim community, making integration harder.

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