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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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UK Activists Seek Arrest of Israeli Officers

Posted: 10/27/2009 - British lawyers looking for ways to hold Israel accountable for its deadly advance into Gaza last year have expanded their legal campaign by seeking the arrest of Israeli military officers entering Britain.

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Baghdad Attacks Stir Fears of Sunni Violence

Posted: 10/27/2009 - Iraq's Sunnis, long dissatisfied with the Shiite-led government, seek more power, respect and a bigger share of oil wealth in upcoming elections. But disunity among their political leaders and the sheer force of Shiite numbers threaten to derail those hopes.

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Thieves Steal 37 Cars from Mexican Rail Facility

Posted: 10/27/2009 - Mexican authorities say a band of thieves swarmed into a railroad facility and held security guards at gunpoint while making off with three dozen new automobiles and trucks from a storage lot west of the capital.

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Mexico Issues Permits for Genetic-Modified Corn

Posted: 10/27/2009 - Mexican authorities are allowing 22 experimental plots of biotech corn to be grown in several northern states of the ancestral homeland of the crop, over protests from environmental activists.

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6 Greek Police Officers Wounded in Attack

Posted: 10/27/2009 - Gunmen on a motorcycle fired on a suburban Athens police station with automatic weapons late Tuesday, wounding six police officers, authorities said.

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Mexican Authorities Detain 5 Drug Gang Suspects

Posted: 10/27/2009 - Investigators have detained five suspected associates of the Gulf drug cartel for alleged involvement in violent clashes that killed four people in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo last week, authorities said Tuesday.

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BVI Jury Convicts US Man in Scuba Death of Wife

Posted: 10/27/2009 - A jury convicted a U.S. man of murder Tuesday in the drowning of his wife during a scuba-diving excursion a decade ago, dashing what prosecutors called a bid to get away with a nearly perfect crime.

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Disgraced Cloning Expert Convicted in South Korea

Posted: 10/26/2009 - A South Korean stem cell scientist once hailed as a hero for bringing hope to people with incurable diseases and creating the world's first cloned dog was convicted Monday on criminal charges related to faked research, but avoided jail.

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France: Manslaughter Inquiry Dropped

Posted: 10/26/2009 - A French magistrate has dropped a manslaughter investigation into a crash involving a motorbike and a police car that killed two teenagers and sparked riots in 2007, a lawyer for the boys' families said Monday.

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Man Tells German Court of Egyptian Wife's Killing

Posted: 10/26/2009 - The husband of a pregnant Egyptian woman knifed to death in a German courtroom testified Monday that the alleged attacker continued stabbing his wife even after she was on the ground.

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5 Killed in Belarus Plane Crash

Posted: 10/26/2009 - Emergency officials in Belarus say at least five people have been killed in the crash of a Russian business jet near Minsk, the capital.

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