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Iceland Says Goodbye to the Big Mac

Posted: 10/26/2009 - The Big Mac, long a symbol of globalization, has become the latest victim of this tiny island nation's overexposure to the world financial crisis.

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14 Americans Killed in 2 Afghan Helicopter Crashes

Updated: 10/26/2009 - Helicopter crashes killed 14 Americans on Monday - 11 troops and three drug agents - in the deadliest day for the U.S. mission in Afghanistan in more than four years. The deaths came as President Barack Obama prepared to meet his national security team for a sixth full-scale conference on the future of the troubled war.

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Castro's Sister Says She Collaborated with CIA

Posted: 10/26/2009 - Fidel Castro's younger sister says she began collaborating with the CIA shortly after the United States' failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.

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Israeli Police Storm Jerusalem's Holiest Site

Posted: 10/25/2009 - Israeli forces stormed Jerusalem's holiest shrine Sunday, firing stun grenades to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing Palestinian protesters in a fresh eruption of violence at the most volatile spot in the Holy Land.

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Twin Suicide Car Bombs in Baghdad Kill 136

Posted: 10/25/2009 - Two powerful suicide car bombs blew up outside the Justice Ministry and city government offices in downtown Baghdad Sunday, killing at least 136 people in the deadliest attack in more than two years. Iraqi leaders said the attacks aimed to disrupt political progress in the months leading up to January's crucial elections.

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Obama: Iraq Attacks Attempt to Derail Progress

Posted: 10/25/2009 - President Barack Obama says the worst attack in Iraq in more than two years shows "the hateful and destructive agenda" of those who want to slow progress in the country.

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Saudi Female Journalist Gets Lashes for Sex Show

Posted: 10/24/2009 - A Saudi court on Saturday sentenced a female journalist to 60 lashes after she had been charged with involvement in a TV show in which a Saudi man publicly talked about sex.

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Police: 2 Trains Collide in Egypt, Killing 14

Posted: 10/24/2009 - A passenger train collided with a second one ahead of it on the tracks just outside of Cairo on Saturday, destroying several passenger cars and killing at least 14 people, said a police official.

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Official: Hijacking Thwarted on Flight to Cairo

Posted: 10/21/2009 - A security official for Egypt Air says security guards thwarted an attempted hijacking by overpowering a man who threatened crew with a knife on a flight from Istanbul to Cairo.

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Polanski Lawyers Clash Over His Surrendering to US

Posted: 10/21/2009 - Lawyers for Roman Polanski clashed Wednesday over his legal strategy, with one saying the director won't surrender to U.S. authorities after 31 years on the run and another suggesting that Polanski was ready to consider the move.

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EU OKs Tougher Penalties for Illegal Fishing

Posted: 10/20/2009 - The European Union agreed Tuesday on tougher penalties to counter illegal fishing, considered a major cause of the depletion of fish stocks in European waters, particularly of prized cod and bluefin tuna.

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Arab League Chief Eyes Egyptian Presidency

Posted: 10/20/2009 - The head of the Arab League indicated in an interview published Tuesday that he may consider running for Egypt's presidency in elections scheduled for 2011.

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Medvedev Visits Serbia Bearing $1.5 Billion Loan

Posted: 10/20/2009 - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sought to expand Moscow's political and economic influence in the Balkans on Tuesday by bringing a euro1 billion ($1.5 billion) loan to recession-hit Serbia and offering Belgrade a "strategic partnership" in the distribution of Russian gas to Europe.

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Mandela Foundation Denies Claim he Wrote Foreword

Posted: 10/20/2009 - A new self-serving book by a central African president lists Nelson Mandela as the writer of the glowing foreword, but South Africa's iconic leader says he never wrote those words or even read the tome, and his foundation vowed to take action.

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Cuba Frees Political Prisoner Jailed in Crackdown

Posted: 10/20/2009 - Cuba has freed one of the 54 political prisoners still behind bars following a state crackdown on dissent six years ago and also paroled a Spanish businessman awaiting trial for bribery, officials in Spain and a Cuban political opposition group said Tuesday.

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Italy's Quake Homeless Endure Cold in Tents

Posted: 10/20/2009 - More than 4,000 people who survived last spring's earthquake in Italy are shivering in tents, but they say they hope to be living in new, earthquake-proof homes soon.

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3 S.American Nations Promise to Halt Deforestation

Posted: 10/20/2009 - Three South American nations announced a joint plan Tuesday to establish protected zones in the vast Atlantic Forest as part of an effort to halt deforestation by 2020.

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4 Die in Train Collision in India

Posted: 10/20/2009 - A passenger train crashed into another train early Wednesday near the Taj Mahal in northern India, killing at least four people and trapping scores of people in a smashed coach, an official said.

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AP NewsBreak: Swiss Tipped US to Polanski Trip

Posted: 10/20/2009 - Swiss authorities set in motion the arrest of fugitive director Roman Polanski in his decades-old child sex case as he traveled to the country last month, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

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Singer Death Column Sparks Twitter Rage

Posted: 10/19/2009 - Britain's press watchdog said Monday it had received a record 21,000 complaints about a newspaper column on the death of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately after critics used Twitter to brand the article homophobic and insensitive.

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Brazil Vows to Fight Gangs, Rio Death Toll Hits 21

Updated: 10/19/2009 - Brazil's president promised Monday to battle drug traffickers who triggered a weekend of bloody chaos that killed 21 people in Rio de Janeiro just two weeks after the city won the 2016 Olympic games.

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Japan First Lady Awarded for Looking Good in Jeans

Posted: 10/19/2009 - She's been called Japan's most colorful first lady for her cheerful character and quirky comments. Now the wife of new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has won an award for looking good - in her jeans.

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