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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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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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