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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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