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Nigeria Police: 55 Dead in Islamist Attacks

Posted: 07/27/2009 - Islamist militants seeking to impose a Taliban-style regime in northern Nigeria launched attacks Monday on police in three towns, expanding a two-day campaign of violence that has killed at least 55 people, police and witnesses said.

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Anglican Church May Have 'Two Track' Structure

Posted: 07/27/2009 - The worldwide Anglican Communion may have to accept a "two track" system in which churches can hold different opinions about gay clergy and same-sex unions, the Archbishop of Canterbury said Monday in a bid to keep the church unified.

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Philippine President Vows Not to Seek Fresh Term

Posted: 07/27/2009 - Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, faced with the prospect of civil unrest unless she steps down at the end of her term, has vowed not to try to extend her time in office.

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Charles Taylor Denies Cannibalism Accusations

Posted: 07/27/2009 - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor said Monday he was sickened by allegations at his war crimes trial that he ate human flesh, calling testimony by a former aide the lies of an illiterate man.

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Rocket Launchers Sold to Venezuela Went to FARC

Posted: 07/27/2009 - Swedish-made anti-tank rocket launchers sold to Venezuela years ago were obtained by Colombia's main rebel group, and Sweden said Monday it was demanding an explanation.

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Nigeria Police: 55 Dead in Islamist Attacks

Updated: 07/27/2009 - Islamist militants opposed to Western-style education in Nigeria have expanded attacks on police to three northern towns. Police say a wave of violence has killed at least 55 people.

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Sarkozy Hospitalized After Collapsing During Jog

Updated: 07/27/2009 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy collapsed while jogging Sunday on the lush grounds of the Chateau of Versailles and will stay at a hospital overnight even though tests so far have found nothing wrong, his office said.

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Richest Woman's 'Visions' Claim Amuses Israelis

Updated: 07/27/2009 - Shari Arison is Israel's richest woman, presiding over a financial empire that includes the country's second-biggest bank. She also claims in a memoir to see visions of the future. But one thing she apparently didn't envision is the puzzlement, laughter and even nervousness that have greeted her book.

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Europe Fast-Tracking Swine Flu Vaccine

Updated: 07/27/2009 - In a drive to inoculate people against swine flu before winter, many European governments say they will fast-track the testing of a vaccine, arousing concern among some experts about safety and proper doses.

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Revolutionary Guard Tightens Hold in Iran Crisis

Updated: 07/27/2009 - The Revolutionary Guard tightened its already powerful hold over Iran during the post-election turmoil, raising alarm among some Iranians that it is transforming the Islamic Republic into a military state.

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Pakistan Arrests Influential Pro-Taliban Cleric

Updated: 07/27/2009 - Police arrested an influential pro-Taliban cleric on Sunday who had brokered a failed peace deal in northern Pakistan's troubled Swat Valley, an indication the government will no longer negotiate with militants.

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Lebanon is Middle East's Daring Fashion Capital

Updated: 07/27/2009 - The gowns are cut low in the front, slashing down to the navel, or low in the back, swooping below the waist, inset with delicate see-through fabric. They couldn't be further from the modest dress generally worn by women in the Muslim Arab world.

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Clinton Paints Robust Picture of US Abroad

Posted: 07/26/2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stood fast Sunday behind the administration's readiness to engage with foes like Iran and North Korea and heaped praise on China in advance of two days of critical talks aimed at easing the global economic downturn.

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China Dismisses Local Leaders After Angry Protest

Posted: 07/25/2009 - The Communist Party boss of a Chinese city and head of law enforcement were dismissed Saturday for mishandling violent protests last month after a young man's mysterious death, a state news agency said.

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Pakistan Court Delays Mumbai Attack Case for Month

Posted: 07/25/2009 - A Pakistani court hearing the case against five men allegedly involved in the Mumbai attacks adjourned for more than a month on Saturday without reading out the charges, a defense lawyer said.

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Last UK Veteran of WWI Trench Battles Dies at 111

Posted: 07/25/2009 - Harry Patch, Britain's last survivor of the trenches of World War I, was a reluctant soldier who became a powerful eyewitness to the horror of war, and a symbol of a lost generation.

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Morocco Challenges Mideast Holocaust Mind-Set

Posted: 07/25/2009 - From the western edge of the Muslim world, the King of Morocco has dared to tackle one of the most inflammatory issues in the Middle East conflict - the Holocaust.

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