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China Explosives Maker Sentenced to Die

Posted: 12/31/2009 - A Chinese explosives maker has been sentenced to death for supplying an illegal iron mine camouflaged as a wild boar farm with material that ignited in the tunnels, killing 26 miners, state media said.

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AP Sources: Suicide Bomber Invited on Base

Posted: 12/31/2009 - The Associated Press has learned that the suicide bomber who killed seven CIA employees at a remote outpost in southeastern Afghanistan had been invited onto the base and was not searched.

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CIA Director: 7 CIA Workers Killed in Afghanistan

Posted: 12/31/2009 - The Taliban claimed responsibility Thursday for infiltrating a CIA post with a suicide bomber who set off an explosion that killed seven American intelligence staffers and wounded six others in an attack believed one of the worst in the agency's history.

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Russia May Send Spacecraft to Knock Away Asteroid

Posted: 12/30/2009 - Russia's space agency chief said Wednesday a spacecraft may be dispatched to knock a large asteroid off course and reduce the chances of earth impact, even though U.S. scientists say such a scenario is unlikely.

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Murder Victims Found Hanging from Mexico Overpass

Posted: 12/30/2009 - The bound, beaten bodies of 2 men were found hanging by their necks from a highway overpass in northern Mexico on Wednesday, along with a handwritten message from a drug cartel.

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Dutch to Use Full Body Scanners for US Flights

Posted: 12/30/2009 - The Netherlands announced Wednesday it will immediately begin using full body scanners for flights heading to the United States, saying that could have stopped the attempted Christmas Day airline bombing.

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Police Recover Picasso's 'Little Guitar'

Posted: 12/29/2009 - Police say they have recovered from a Roman businessman Picasso's "Little Guitar" toy sculpture made for the artist's daughter Paloma.

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Facebook Fugitive Taunts UK Police, Builds Fanbase

Posted: 12/29/2009 - An escaped British prisoner is taunting police and attracting a growing Internet fan base from his Facebook profile, mocking authorities for failing to find him and openly musing about moving across the Atlantic.

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Mexico Suspends 6 over Photos of Slain Drug Lord

Posted: 12/29/2009 - Six forensics workers in Mexico have been suspended for altering a crime scene in which slain drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva was photographed with bloodstained money laid out across his bullet-ridden body, an official said Tuesday.

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Mexico City Enacts Region's 1st Gay Marriage Law

Updated: 12/29/2009 - Mexico City enacted Latin America's first law recognizing gay marriage Tuesday and said it hopes to attract same-sex couples from around the world to wed.

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US Appeals Court Nixes Vatican Bank Holocaust Suit

Posted: 12/29/2009 - An American appeals court on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by Holocaust survivors who alleged the Vatican bank accepted millions of dollars of their valuables stolen by Nazi sympathizers.

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Intel: Iran Seeking to Smuggle Raw Uranium

Posted: 12/29/2009 - Iran is close to clinching a deal to clandestinely import 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore from Kazakhstan, according to an intelligence report obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Diplomats said the assessment was heightening international concern about Tehran's nuclear activities.

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Suriname Cops Search for Anti-Migrant Rioters

Posted: 12/28/2009 - Police in Suriname arrested 15 more suspects Monday as they searched for anti-migrant rioters accused of rape, arson and looting in an explosion of violence that sent hundreds fleeing for their lives from a border town.

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Britain Says China Carried Out Execution of Briton

Posted: 12/28/2009 - China on Tuesday executed a British man convicted of drug smuggling in its first execution of a European citizen in half a century, drawing a strong condemnation from Britain's prime minister.

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Mine Explosions Kill 17 in China, 6 More Trapped

Posted: 12/28/2009 - A coal mine explosion has killed 12 people in northern China, while five other miners were killed and six trapped in an accident in the southwest of the country, state media reported Monday.

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125 Pilot Whales Die on NZ Beaches, 43 Saved

Posted: 12/28/2009 - Some 125 pilot whales died in New Zealand after stranding on beaches over the weekend - but vacationers and conservation workers managed to coax 43 others back out to sea.

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