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UN: Afghans Forced to Pay Billions in Bribes

Posted: 01/20/2010 - Half of all Afghan adults paid at least one bribe to a public official over the course of a year to cut through red tape or get help with poor service, the U.N. said Tuesday in a report that documents the extraordinary depth of corruption in Afghanistan.

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Haitians Flee in Fear as Big Aftershock Hits

Updated: 01/20/2010 - The most powerful aftershock yet struck Haiti on Wednesday, shaking more rubble from damaged buildings and sending screaming people running into the streets eight days after the country's capital was devastated by an apocalyptic quake.

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What Internet? China Region Cut Off 6 Months Now

Posted: 01/19/2010 - They arrive at this gritty desert crossroads weary from a 13-hour train ride but determined. The promised land lies just across the railway station plaza: a large, white sign that says "Easy Connection Internet Cafe."

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Disgraced Late Italian Leader Rehabilitated

Posted: 01/19/2010 - Bettino Craxi died 10 years ago in disgrace, a broken politician in self-imposed exile at the Tunisian resort where he fled to escape a corruption conviction.

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150 Irish Flights to be Hit by Air-Traffic Walkout

Posted: 01/19/2010 - Air traffic controllers plan to ground flights at Ireland's three major airports for at least four hours Wednesday to push for pay raises and keep their free pension plans.

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Cuba Performing State-Sponsored Sex Change Surgery

Posted: 01/19/2010 - Cuba has begun performing state-sponsored sex-change operations after the government lifted a longtime ban on the procedure in 2007, President Raul Castro's daughter said Tuesday.

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US, UN Send More Troops to Help in Haiti

Posted: 01/19/2010 - U.S. troops landed on the lawn of Haiti's shattered presidential palace to the cheers of quake victims on Tuesday, and the U.N. said it would throw more police and soldiers into the sluggish global effort to aid the devastated country.

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UN Approves Extra Troops and Police for Haiti

Posted: 01/19/2010 - The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved 3,500 extra troops and police officers to beef up security in Haiti and ensure that desperately needed aid gets to earthquake victims

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7 Charged After Deadly Kenya Protest; 400 Arrested

Posted: 01/18/2010 - A court charged seven Kenyans on Monday with assaulting police officers during a deadly protest last week where protesters demanded the release of an extremist Muslim cleric being detained in the East African country.

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London-Based Jewish Newspaper Attacked by Hackers

Posted: 01/18/2010 - Turkish hackers attacked the Web site of Britain's flagship Jewish newspaper, replacing the main page with a Palestinian flag and anti-Semitic writings, the paper's editor said Monday.

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China to Expand Smoking Bans in 7 Major Cities

Posted: 01/18/2010 - China is tightening smoking regulations to ban lighting up in any indoor public spaces in seven provincial capitals, the latest sign of rising health awareness in the world's largest tobacco-consuming nation.

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China Won't Send Delegate to Mr. Gay Pageant

Posted: 01/18/2010 - China will not send a delegate to the Worldwide Mr. Gay pageant next month, an organizer said Monday, after police blocked an event to choose a Chinese contestant.

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Pope John Paul II Gunman Released from Prison

Posted: 01/18/2010 - The Turkish man who shot Pope John Paul II nearly 29 years ago emerged from prison Monday, declared himself a messenger from God, then spent his first night of freedom in a luxury hotel room.

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Doctors to Remove 4 More Needles from Brazil Boy

Posted: 01/18/2010 - Doctors will remove four of the five sewing needles remaining in the body of a 2-year-old Brazilian boy, who was stuck by his stepfather in an alleged plot to spite his wife.

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4 Foreigners Freed After Being Abducted in Nigeria

Posted: 01/18/2010 - Militants on Monday released four foreign contractors who had been kidnapped last week from the Niger Delta, the first such workers seized from the unstable oil-rich region in months.

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Mexico City to Punish Tweets on Police Checkpoints

Posted: 01/18/2010 - Some Twitter users are revealing the locations of police drunk-driving checkpoints in Mexico City and the people behind the tweets could be prosecuted, police said Monday.

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4 Feared Dead in Bahamas Plane Crash

Posted: 01/18/2010 - Authorities say four people were aboard a small plane that crashed into the sea after taking off from the Bahamas en route to Florida.

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Judge Sentences 'Toronto 18' Ringleader

Posted: 01/18/2010 - The ringleader of a homegrown terror plot involving 18 people that planned to set off truck bombs in front of Canada's main stock exchange and two government buildings was given a life sentence on Monday.

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