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Commonwealth Suspends Fiji Over Democracy

Posted: 09/01/2009 - Fiji's military-led government said Wednesday its suspension from the 53-nation Commonwealth is the price it must pay for its reform of the country's political system, and insisted that it will not hold elections before 2014.

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Taiwan Court Convicts Former First Lady of Perjury

Posted: 09/01/2009 - A court has sentenced Taiwan's former first lady to a year in jail for giving false testimony in a wide-ranging corruption case involving her and her husband, a preliminary verdict in a major trial expected to wrap up later this month.

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Chinese Sentences Dissident to 13 Years Jail

Posted: 09/01/2009 - A Chinese dissident who tried to organize a national meeting of the banned China Democracy Party has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for subverting state power, his lawyer said Wednesday.

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Myanmar Refugees Begin to Return Home from China

Posted: 08/31/2009 - Myanmar refugees were heading home from China on Monday following the end of fighting between government troops and an ethnic militia, but some experts said the unrest could affect Beijing's relations with Myanmar.

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Dalai Lama calls on Taiwan to Safeguard Democracy

Posted: 08/31/2009 - The Dalai Lama exhorted Taiwan on Monday to safeguard its democracy, interspersing prayers for the victims of Typhoon Morakot with a challenge to Communist China.

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Moscow Police Quash Anti-Kremlin Rally, Detain 15

Posted: 08/31/2009 - Riot police briefly detained about 15 people trying to hold an anti-Kremlin demonstration in central Moscow on Monday to defend Russians' constitutional right to assembly.

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Germany, France Reinforce Iran Sanctions Threat

Posted: 08/31/2009 - Germany and France on Monday reinforced a call for Iran to respond to concerns about its nuclear program in September or face tougher sanctions, and said they wanted wide international agreement on those measures.

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Hamas Leader Denies Nazi Genocide of Jews

Posted: 08/31/2009 - A Hamas spiritual leader on Monday called teaching Palestinian children about the Nazi murder of 6 million Jews a "war crime," rejecting a suggestion that the U.N. might include the Holocaust in Gaza's school curriculum.

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Turkey, Armenia to Launch Talks on Diplomatic Ties

Posted: 08/31/2009 - Armenia and Turkey, bitter foes for a century, took a step toward reconciliation Monday by announcing they would launch final talks aimed at establishing diplomatic ties. But they won't discuss the deepest source of their enmity: the World War I-era massacres of Armenians under Ottoman rule.

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UK Documents Reveal Hunt for Hitler's Deputy

Posted: 08/31/2009 - It was one of the greatest mysteries of the collapse of the Third Reich. As Russian tanks moved into Berlin and Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker, his brutal and feared private secretary, Martin Bormann, simply vanished.

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Lessons from Mexico for Next Wave of Swine Flu

Posted: 08/31/2009 - Mexico is preparing for a second wave of swine flu, looking at what worked and what didn't last spring when it banned everything from dining out to attending school in an effort to control the virus.

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Gates: Report Details Highs, Lows of Afghan Fight

Posted: 08/31/2009 - The Pentagon's chief says an upcoming report from the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan will likely highlight some bright spots about the military mission there along with grimmer conclusions that he described as "gloom and doom."

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Al-Qaida Claims Attack That Injured Saudi Prince

Posted: 08/30/2009 - Al-Qaida claimed responsibility Sunday for a suicide attack that injured a Saudi prince and said the bomber - a wanted militant who had fled to Yemen - arrived on a royal jet after convincing the ruling family he wanted to surrender.

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American Commander: US On the Road Out of Iraq

Posted: 08/30/2009 - The U.S. military is packing up to leave Iraq in what has been deemed the largest movement of manpower and equipment in modern military history - shipping out more than 1.5 million pieces of equipment from tanks to antennas along with a force the size of a small city.

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Myanmar Says 26 Forces, 8 Rebels Killed at Border

Posted: 08/30/2009 - The Myanmar junta has ended a news blackout about clashes with ethnic rebels near the China border, saying three days of fighting killed 26 government forces and at least eight rebels.

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Australia to Apologize for State Care of Children

Posted: 08/29/2009 - Australia's government will follow its historic apology to Aborigines last year for past injustices with a similar apology to child immigrants and Australian-born children who suffered in state care during the last century, a Cabinet minister said Sunday.

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2nd Black Box Recovered from Comoros Plane Crash

Posted: 08/29/2009 - Authorities say they have recovered the second of two black boxes from a Yemenia Airways flight that crashed into the Indian Ocean in June with 153 people aboard.

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2 US Troops Killed in Afghanistan

Posted: 08/26/2009 - The NATO-led force in Afghanistan says attacks have killed two U.S. troops, keeping August on track to be the deadliest month of the war for the U.S. military.

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