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Anthropology Giant Claude Levi-Strauss Dead at 100

Posted: 11/03/2009 - After weeks crossing the high seas, Claude Levi-Strauss breathed in his first lungful of the New World, a perfume tinged with pepper or tobacco. The sensory awakening was the start of a journey that turned a young Parisian scholar into a founder of modern anthropology.

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Turbulence Caused Crash that Killed Mexico's No. 2

Posted: 11/03/2009 - Investigators have confirmed that turbulence from a larger plane caused the crash of a government jet that killed Mexico's interior secretary and 15 other people a year ago.

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Man Detained in Killings of 2 Venezuelan Soldiers

Posted: 11/03/2009 - A Venezuelan man was arrested in the shooting deaths of two National Guard soldiers near the Colombian border, a crime that authorities blamed on right-wing Colombian paramilitary fighters.

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Vietnam Storm Death Toll Rises to 57

Posted: 11/03/2009 - The death toll from Tropical Storm Mirinae rose to 57 in Vietnam on Wednesday as authorities stepped up rescue and relief operations in the affected central regions.

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Prosecutor Blames Karadzic for Srebrenica Massacre

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Radovan Karadzic orchestrated the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys and his only regret was "that some Muslim men got away," a U.N. prosecutor said Monday at the former Bosnian Serb leader's war crimes trial.

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Pieces of WWII-Era UK Warship Apparently Found

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Pieces of a British destroyer that was badly damaged by Albanian mines in 1946, straining relations between the two countries for decades, appear to have been discovered in a waterway near Greece, U.S. and Albanian researchers said Monday.

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Putin Requests EU Credits for Ukraine

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin urged the European Union on Monday to lend Ukraine at least $1 billion to help it pay for natural gas supplies from Russia and avoid another disruption of flows to Europe.

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Ukraine Closes All Schools to Fight Swine Flu

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Urging its citizens not to panic, Ukraine on Monday closed the nation's schools for a week to avoid the spread of swine flu and suggested that nightclubs, cinemas and food markets in the west also shut down.

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World's Fastest Man Adopts World Fastest Feline

Posted: 11/02/2009 - The world's fastest man adopted the animal kingdom's fastest sprinter Monday, as Usain Bolt welcomed a new baby cheetah named Lightning Bolt into his life.

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Former KGB Spy Shot Dead in Moscow

Posted: 11/02/2009 - A Russian businessman who had been convicted in Israel of being a KGB spy was shot dead in Moscow on Monday, police said.

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Latin American Leaders Move to Extend Their Rule

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Horrified by the excesses of dictatorship, Latin Americans discarded the strongman model at the end of the 20th century and limited politicians' time in power.

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Muslim Ex-Gitmo Detainees Face Challenges in Palau

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Six former Guantanamo Bay detainees brought to Palau for resettlement have received a warm official welcome, but a plan to deport Bangladeshi workers could halve this Pacific Island nation's already-tiny Muslim community, making integration harder.

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Rival Somali Groups Fight Over British Couple

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Rival pirates and militia groups have fought for control over a British couple held hostage for more than a week, an Islamic militia commander and a local elder said Monday. The couple were not injured in the fighting.

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Russian Military Plane Crashes, 11 Dead

Posted: 11/01/2009 - A Russian heavy-lift military cargo plane crashed on takeoff Sunday in Siberia, killing all 11 crew members on board, officials said.

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UK to Shake up Banking, 100s of Branches for Sale

Posted: 10/31/2009 - The Royal Bank of Scotland, Northern Rock, and Lloyds Banking Group are to sell off as many as 700 branches in the next few years in exchange for the public aid they received during the economic meltdown, a government official told The Associated Press on Saturday.

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Clinton: Afghan Runoff Not Affected by Abdullah

Posted: 10/31/2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Abdullah Abdullah's call for a boycott of next weekend's runoff election in Afghanistan will not affect the legitimacy of that runoff.

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UN Vote Condemns US Embargo on Cuba

Posted: 10/28/2009 - The U.N. General Assembly has voted overwhelmingly to condemn the 47-year U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, an annual ritual that highlights near unanimous global opposition to America's hard-line stance toward the communist island.

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8 Afghan Immigrants Drown as Boat Sinks in Greece

Posted: 10/27/2009 - A small boat loaded with Afghan families smashed onto the rocks and sank off an island in the Aegean Sea on Tuesday, causing three immigrant women and five children to drown.

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