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7.2 Earthquake Rocks Chile

Updated: 03/11/2010 - A magnitude-7.2 earthquake rocks Chile on the day of the presidential inauguration.

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German Catholics to Investigate Abuse Charges

Posted: 03/10/2010 - Catholic authorities in Germany announced two major abuse investigations Wednesday - one into the renowned choir once led by Pope Benedict XVI's brother and another into what everyone, including the pope, knew about the sexual and physical abuse of students.

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House Votes for Faster Tax Breaks for Chili Gifts

Posted: 03/10/2010 - The House has passed a bill that would allow taxpayers to write off charitable donations to Chile earthquake relief efforts when they file their 2009 taxes this spring.

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Tasmanian Devil Colony Shows Immunity To Cancer

Posted: 03/09/2010 - Australian scientists said Wednesday that the discovery of a genetically distinct colony of Tasmanian devils may save the species from being wiped out by a contagious cancer that has decimated the population.

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Israeli Spy Kimche Dead at 82

Posted: 03/09/2010 - David Kimche, the Israeli spy-turned-diplomat who played a key role in the Iran-Contra scandal that rocked President Ronald Reagan's administration, has died. He was 82.

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12 Centuries-Old Shipwrecks Found in Baltic Sea

Posted: 03/09/2010 - A dozen centuries-old shipwrecks - some of them unusually well-preserved - have been found in the Baltic Sea by a gas company building an underwater pipeline between Russia and Germany.

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Cuban Hunger Striker Rejects Spain Asylum Offer

Posted: 03/09/2010 - A Cuban dissident on a 13-day hunger strike to demand the release of ailing political prisoners has refused a Spanish offer of asylum, saying on Tuesday that he is determined to continue with his protest until he dies.

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Former Medellin Drug Trafficker Porras Dies at 62

Posted: 03/09/2010 - Evaristo Porras, a former high-flying Medellin cartel drug trafficker associated with Pablo Escobar in the 1980s, has died at age 62, reportedly in economic ruin.

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Mandatory Insurance Proposed For UK Dogs

Posted: 03/09/2010 - A chip for Spot? In a country where guns are tightly controlled and even carrying a kitchen knife can bring prison time, some thugs use dogs to menace their victims. Now the British government is proposing that dog owners be forced to get microchips and take out insurance for their pets.

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Brazil's Silva Quits Smoking After 50 Years

Posted: 03/09/2010 - Brazil's president said Tuesday that he kicked the smoking habit he had for 50 years after a recent health scare sent his blood pressure soaring.

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Law Bars Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi From Election

Posted: 03/09/2010 - A new election law issued by Myanmar's ruling military has barred pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from joining a political party and thus running in upcoming elections, state-run newspapers said Wednesday.

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Venezuelan Officials Take Control Of 2 Sugar Mills

Posted: 03/09/2010 - Venezuela's government seized control of two sugar mills Tuesday and threatened to expropriate them, accusing managers of hoarding a basic good and violating the labor rights of employees.

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Bali Bombing Suspect Confirmed Dead In Police Raid

Posted: 03/09/2010 - Indonesia's president says a top-ranked Southeast Asian militant wanted for planning the 2002 Bali bombings has been identified as the man shot dead by police in a raid on the island of Java.

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German Poker Tournament Robbers Still On The Run

Posted: 03/08/2010 - German police say they still have no clear leads as they hunt for four bandits who stormed a poker tournament in Berlin and made off with part of the jackpot money in a brazen daylight heist.

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French Resistance Heroine Andree Peel Dies At 105

Posted: 03/08/2010 - Andree Peel, a member of the World War II Resistance who is credited with saving the lives of more than 100 Allied airmen in Nazi-occupied France, has died at 105.

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Japan Dolphin Hunt Town Shrugs Off 'Cove' Oscar

Posted: 03/08/2010 - The gala crowd in Los Angeles cheered as "The Cove" won the best documentary Oscar with its grisly portrayal of dolphin hunting. Half a world away, residents of the small Japanese village shown in the film abhorred the attention and said it won't end their centuries-old tradition.

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Canadian Parliament To Serve Seal Meat At Lunch

Posted: 03/08/2010 - The Canadian Parliament's restaurant will serve seal meat this week in support of hunters battling a European Union ban on seal products, a Liberal senator said Monday.

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Cyprus Police Say Found Corpse Could Be Ex-Leader

Posted: 03/08/2010 - Cypriot police acting on a tipoff found a body at a Nicosia cemetery that they believe could be the stolen corpse of former president Tassos Papadopoulos, a spokesman said on Monday.

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Lawyers in Mexico Church Sex Abuse Case Resign

Posted: 03/08/2010 - A Mexican lawyer said Monday he has resigned from handling the case of a woman and her sons who claim the males were sexually abused as boys by the founder of a conservative Roman Catholic religious order.

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Air India Terrorist Bombing Perjury Trial Halted

Posted: 03/08/2010 - The perjury trial of a man who gave key testimony at the trial of the 1985 Air India terrorist bombings that killed 331 people has been delayed because the jury has been dismissed.

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