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Cloud Cover Blocks Meteor Showers in India, Nepal

Updated: 11/18/2009 - Thousands of stargazers stayed awake overnight for what was forecast as an intense Leonid meteor shower over Asia this year, but the show fizzled rather than sizzled for many viewers - partly due to cloud cover.

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Hutu Extremist Group Leaders Arrested in Germany

Posted: 11/17/2009 - Two top leaders of a mostly ethnic Hutu militia were arrested in Germany Wednesday on suspicion of committing crimes against humanity in Congo in what experts in the region called a major blow to one of the most brutal rebel groups in Africa.

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90-Year-Old Charged in Germany for Nazi-Era Crimes

Posted: 11/17/2009 - A former SS sergeant who worked unnoticed for decades as a train-station manager was charged with 58 counts of murder Tuesday after a student doing undergraduate research uncovered his alleged involvement in a massacre of Jewish forced laborers.

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Chile Applies Dictator-Era Law to Indian Violence

Posted: 11/17/2009 - Small groups of Mapuche Indians have so rattled Chile by seizing forests, burning buses and attacking police to demand land and autonomy that the leftist government has turned to dictatorship-era measures to quell the violence.

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French Boy Takes Rifle to School; No One Hurt

Posted: 11/17/2009 - A 13-year-old French boy stole his father's hunting rifle and took it to school with the intention of shooting his teachers, but his family and police intervened before anyone was hurt, police said.

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Western Investor Says Russian Lawyer Dies in Jail

Posted: 11/17/2009 - A prominent Western investor who has clashed with Russian authorities said Tuesday that a lawyer who advised his fund died in a Moscow jail after being denied medical care.

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Czechs Celebrate Fall of Communism 20 Years Ago

Posted: 11/17/2009 - Thousands marched through the Czech capital Tuesday in commemoration of a student protest 20 years ago that grew into the human tidal wave sweeping away the communist regime in what was then Czechoslovakia.

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Academics Withdraw Support for Holocaust Center

Posted: 11/17/2009 - A dispute between an Austrian Holocaust research center and an organization representing Vienna's Jewish committee over access to a vast archive has prompted a group of academics to withdraw support for the center, saying independent research is no longer possible, according to a letter obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

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Peru, Chile Presidents Trade Barbs in Spy Spat

Posted: 11/17/2009 - Peruvian officials said Tuesday that an air force officer has confessed to passing national security secrets to Chile, where President Michelle Bachelet denied the espionage allegations, calling them offensive.

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AP Interview: Brazil Miniskirt Woman Soaks up Fame

Posted: 11/17/2009 - Brushing back freshly dyed blond hair as she posed for pictures, the Brazilian woman whose short pink dress got her kicked out of college said Tuesday she's enjoying her newfound fame, but wants to go back to school - with a security guard.

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Peru President Rebukes Chile over Alleged Spying

Posted: 11/16/2009 - Peruvian President Alan Garcia accused Chile of assaulting Peru's sovereignty, throwing his weight behind allegations that Chile paid a Peruvian military officer to spy.

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Canada Supreme Court Hears Media Appeal

Posted: 11/16/2009 - News blackouts unjustifiably prevented the public from learning why charges were dropped or suspended for some terror suspects, media lawyers told Canada's Supreme Court on Monday.

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Landslide in Northern China Kills 23

Posted: 11/16/2009 - A state media report says a massive landslide in northern China partially has buried a village and killed at least 23 people, and that rescuers are seeking survivors.

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Drilling for Scotch Whisky on Frozen Continent

Posted: 11/16/2009 - A beverage company has asked a team to drill through Antarctica's ice for a lost cache of some vintage Scotch whisky that has been on the rocks since a century ago.

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Twins Joined at Head Successfully Separated

Posted: 11/16/2009 - Hospital officials say that twin Bangladeshi girls who were joined at the top of their heads and shared brain tissue have successfully been separated after 25 hours of delicate surgery.

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Police: French Bank Heist Suspect Turns Himself in

Posted: 11/16/2009 - A French armored car driver suspected of stealing euro11.6 million ($17.4 million) in cash has turned himself in to authorities in Monaco following a massive manhunt, police in France and Monaco said.

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Japanese Engineer Kidnapped by Yemen Tribesmen

Posted: 11/16/2009 - A Japanese Embassy official says a Japanese engineer has been kidnapped in Yemen by armed tribesmen who have made some demands of their government.

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Apology for Kids Shipped from Britain to Colonies

Posted: 11/15/2009 - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologized Monday to thousands of impoverished British children shipped to Australia in past centuries with the promise of a better life, only to suffer abuse and neglect thousands of miles from home.

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British Scientist Says She Penned Call-Girl Blog

Posted: 11/15/2009 - A British scientist has revealed she is Belle de Jour, the anonymous blogger whose accounts of life as a call girl were turned into a book series and TV show.

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Home Searched in Cindy Crawford Extort Probe

Updated: 11/15/2009 - German police said Sunday that they had searched a home in connection with an alleged extortion scheme targeting former supermodel Cindy Crawford and her family.

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15 People Killed in 1 Day in Mexican Border City

Posted: 11/14/2009 - Authorities say a 7-year-old boy, three women and a university professor are among 15 people who were killed in a single day in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.

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