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US Clinic Sparks Debate With UK Human Egg Raffle

Posted: 03/17/2010 - An American infertility clinic seeking business in Britain prompted fierce criticism by offering free eggs from a U.S. woman to one participant in a promotional seminar in London on Wednesday.

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USVI Judge Orders Halt To Waste Dumped In Ocean

Posted: 03/17/2010 - Federal authorities won a court order Wednesday requiring officials in this U.S. territory to repair sewage plants that have dumped raw waste at beaches renowned for snorkeling and surfing.

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Steamy Text Messages Land Couple in Dubai Jail

Updated: 03/17/2010 - A string of steamy text messages has resulted in a jail sentence for an Indian couple, local media announced Wednesday, in the latest case of passions clashing with the law in the cosmopolitan, yet occasionally conservative, Gulf city of Dubai.

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Sex Scandal Embroils Catholic Church in Brazil

Posted: 03/16/2010 - Brazilian authorities are investigating three priests accused of sexually abusing altar boys after a video allegedly showing one case of abuse was broadcast on television, police and church officials said Tuesday.

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British Hospitals: No Sitting Allowed

Posted: 03/16/2010 - Britons trying to cheer up their hospitalized friends and relatives often have to do so standing up; sitting on the bed usually isn't allowed.

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French Policeman Slain In Shootout

Posted: 03/16/2010 - A French police officer was killed Tuesday in an exchange of fire with assailants east of Paris, and one suspect was taken into custody, a police official said.

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Fiji Cyclone Damage Overwhelming, Leader Says

Posted: 03/16/2010 - The South Pacific island nation of Fiji has suffered overwhelming damage from a powerful cyclone that battered its shores for more than three days, the prime minister said Wednesday as relief operations were launched in the country's northern regions.

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3 Tigers Very Ill At Chinese Zoo Where 11 Starved

Posted: 03/15/2010 - Zookeepers are scrambling to save three seriously ill Siberian tigers at a cash-strapped zoo in northeastern China where 11 of the big cats starved to death recently.

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Swiss Designer Creates Dinosaur Dung Watch

Posted: 03/15/2010 - A Swiss watchmaker is hoping to raise a stink with an expensive timepiece that eschews the trade's standard gold, diamond or titanium fittings for a more earthy substance - dinosaur dung.

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25 Dead In Central China Coal Mine Fire

Posted: 03/15/2010 - An electrical fire at an illegal coal mine in central China has left 25 people dead, the latest fatal accident to rock the country's mining industry.

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At Least 2 Snowmobilers Dead in Canadian Avalanche

Posted: 03/14/2010 - An avalanche that killed at least two people at an informal snowmobile rally in Canada's Rocky Mountains may have been triggered by three daredevil sledders who apparently unleashed a deadly wall of snow on up to 200 people below, witnesses said Sunday.

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Vatican Criticizes Condom Machines In Rome School

Posted: 03/11/2010 - The decision by a Rome high school to install condom vending machines has set off a storm in Italy, with the Catholic Church charging the move will encourage young people to have sex and Rome's mayor saying it sends the wrong message.

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In Mexico, Gay Couples Celebrate Historic Weddings

Posted: 03/11/2010 - Two glowing brides in matching white gowns and four other same-sex couples made history in Mexico City on Thursday as they wed under Latin America's first law that explicitly approves gay marriage.

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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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