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Pakistan Court Kills Amnesty Covering President

Posted: 12/16/2009 - Pakistan's top court struck down an amnesty Wednesday that had protected the president from corruption charges, paving the way for challenges to his shaky rule just as the U.S. wants Islamabad to step up its fight against Islamist militants.

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UK Holiday Travelers Face Strike Chaos

Posted: 12/16/2009 - More than a million people faced travel chaos over the Christmas and New Year's holidays as baggage handlers and check-in staff at Heathrow and Aberdeen airports announced strikes in tandem with work stoppages by British Airways cabin crews.

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3 Dead After Tropical Cyclone Hits Fiji

Posted: 12/15/2009 - Thousands of Fiji villagers fled to shelters as a tropical cyclone battered the South Pacific nation, causing flooding, damaging homes and power lines, and killing three people, officials said Tuesday.

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Philippine Clashes Kill 9 Rebels, 1 Soldier

Posted: 12/15/2009 - At least nine communist rebels and one army soldier were killed in clashes Tuesday as troops closed in on a guerrilla encampment in a southern Philippine province, a regional military spokesman said.

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20,000 Evacuated as Philippine Volcano Oozes Lava

Posted: 12/15/2009 - The Philippines' most active volcano oozed lava and shot up plumes of ash Tuesday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and face the possibility of a bleak Christmas in a shelter.

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Guam Police Officers Acquitted

Posted: 12/15/2009 - A jury in the U.S. territory of Guam has acquitted eight police officers and two civilians accused of conspiring to beat up a group of young men in what a prosecutor called a racially motivated attack.

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Dominicans Demand Government Solve Plane Mystery

Posted: 12/15/2009 - Relatives of 11 migrant workers who boarded a small plane that vanished over the Atlantic Ocean a year ago are demanding that the Dominican government investigate what happened.

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Swiss Geologist Stands Trial for Triggering Quakes

Posted: 12/15/2009 - A geologist on trial for causing earthquakes while drilling for hot rocks to produce clean energy said Tuesday he was surprised by the strength of the most powerful temblor.

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4 Decapitated Bodies Found in Mexican Border City

Posted: 12/15/2009 - Authorities found the decapitated bodies of four men Tuesday in the border city of Tijuana, while a grenade attack on a police station in a western Mexico wounded a pregnant woman and her 3-year-old daughter.

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Berlusconi Joins Long List of Targeted Politicians

Posted: 12/14/2009 - The souvenir-flinging man who attacked Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi joins a long list of gatecrashers, shoe-throwers and other security breachers who have embarrassed, bruised and even killed leaders worldwide.

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Officials Say Priest Attacks Menorah in Moldova

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Dozens of people led by an Orthodox priest smashed a menorah in Moldova's capital, using hammers and iron bars to remove the candelabra during Hanukkah, officials said.

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Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter - unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal.

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Mayon Volcano in Philippines Oozes Lava; Alert Up

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Authorities moved thousands of villagers from harm's way near the Philippines' most active volcano Tuesday after it oozed lava and shot plumes of ash, and said they probably will spend a bleak Christmas in an evacuation center.

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Chile: Billionaire Beat Leftists, Now Faces Runoff

Posted: 12/13/2009 - Right-wing billionaire Sebastian Pinera beat three leftists in Sunday's presidential election but failed to obtain a majority, setting up a runoff against a veteran of the coalition that has ruled Chile for two decades of democracy.

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Miss World: Gibraltar's Kaiane Aldorino Crowned

Posted: 12/12/2009 - Kaiane Aldorino from Gibraltar was named the new Miss World at a glittering two-hour pageant that put South Africa in the spotlight and featured traditional dancers and drummers.

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Oye, New Spanish Grammar Guidelines Unveiled

Posted: 12/10/2009 - Can a Barcelona truck driver be expected to speak like a Buenos Aires banker? Can rules be imposed on a language spoken by 400 million people stretching from Madrid to Manila?

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Bolivia Seizes Big Ranch from President's Opponent

Posted: 12/10/2009 - The government has seized a 12,500-hectare (48-square-mile) ranch in Bolivia's eastern lowlands from a soybean magnate who is among the chief political rivals of just re-elected President Evo Morales.

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Bahamas Man Charged with Robbing Segway Tours

Posted: 12/10/2009 - A 21-year-old man has been charged with robbing two groups of cruise ship passengers with a shotgun as they toured the capital of Nassau on Segways.

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Officials Seek Release of 57 Philippine Hostages

Posted: 12/10/2009 - Officials negotiated for a second day Friday with government-armed former militiamen who took 57 villagers hostage in the southern Philippines to press their demands that murder and banditry charges against them be dropped.

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8 Killed, 26 Injured in China School Stampede

Posted: 12/07/2009 - Eight youths were killed and 26 injured when students descending a crowded staircase after evening classes at a school in central China lost their footing amid a crush of bodies, state media and the local government reported Tuesday.

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