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Death Toll From China's Ethnic Riots Hits 184

Posted: 07/10/2009 - China raised the death toll from riots in its Xinjiang region to 184, state media said Saturday, giving an ethnic breakdown of the dead for the first time after communal violence broke out in this far western city.

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Khmer Rouge Twisted Prisoner's Ankles With Pliers

Posted: 07/08/2009 - A woman tortured by the Khmer Rouge testified Wednesday that she has spent most of her life trying to forget the horrors she endured in the 1970s and never spoke of the past, even to her husband and children.

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UN: South Sudan Fighting Targets Women, Children

Posted: 07/08/2009 - Fighting between tribes in southern Sudan has increasingly targeted women and children and likely killed more than 1,000 people since January, a senior U.N. official said Wednesday.

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Japan to Give Aid to Patients Who Drop Lawsuits

Posted: 07/08/2009 - The Japanese government passed a law Wednesday promising unspecified aid to victims of a rare neurological disorder - but only if they withdraw lawsuits against the government and the company that they say made them sick by dumping mercury.

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Malaysia Drops English Used to Teach Math, Science

Posted: 07/08/2009 - Malaysia announced Wednesday it will abandon the use of English to teach math and science, bowing to protesters who demanded more use of the national Malay language.

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Australian Executive Held on Spy Charge in China

Posted: 07/08/2009 - China has detained an Australian executive of the world's third-largest mining company on suspicion of espionage amid the company's tough negotiations with China on iron ore prices, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

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Hamas Tries to Detain Woman Walking with Man

Posted: 07/08/2009 - Hamas already has political control of Gaza, and now there are concerns that the Islamic militant group may be trying to enforce a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

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British Scientists Claim to Create Human Sperm

Posted: 07/08/2009 - British scientists claimed Wednesday to have created human sperm from embryonic stem cells for the first time, an accomplishment they say may someday help infertile men father children.

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Mexico Outraged by Killing of Anti-Crime Activist

Posted: 07/08/2009 - Mexico reacted to the slaying of an anti-crime activist with outrage Wednesday: Congress called for a minute of silence, television commentators demanded justice and activists pledged to step up their fight against crime despite persistent threats.

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World Cup Construction Workers Strike in SAfrica

Posted: 07/08/2009 - South African construction workers went on an indefinite strike Wednesday at stadiums being built for the 2010 World Cup - a move that could derail Africa's historic first World Cup tournament.

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Pope Orders Reform After Holocaust Denial Flap

Posted: 07/08/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI moved Wednesday to tighten control over reconciliation with an ultraconservative group byputting one of the Vatican's most powerful offices in charge of an effort that sparked fierce criticism when it led to the lifting of excommunication for a Holocaust-denying bishop.

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Search for Missing Plane Debris Widens to Tanzania

Posted: 07/08/2009 - An airline seat and a sheet of metal with an "Airbus" inscription washed ashore in Tanzania, officials said Wednesday, as two French investigators arrived to see if the debris was linked to the Yemenia Airways plane crash hundreds of miles away.

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Draft: G-8 Leaders Pledge to Conclude Doha Round,

Posted: 07/08/2009 - World leaders will call for a "balanced, comprehensive and ambitious conclusion" to the Doha round of trade talks as they pledge to help developing countries through the economic crisis.

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Polanski Appeals Judge's Refusal to Toss Sex Case

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Lawyers for Roman Polanski have asked an appeals court to overturn a Los Angeles judge's refusal to throw out a decades-old sex case against the fugitive director.

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Pope Proposes New Financial Order Guided by Ethics

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI called Tuesday for a new world financial order guided by ethics and the search for the common good, denouncing the profit-at-all-cost mentality blamed for bringing about the global financial meltdown.

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British Foreign Office Minister Resigns

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Britain's Foreign Office minister Mark Malloch Brown says he will resign at the end of the month for family and personal reasons.

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Argentine President Names New Economy Minister

Posted: 07/07/2009 - President Christine Fernandez replaced Argentina's economy minister and the Cabinet chief Tuesday, a little over a week after her supporters suffered a stinging defeat in congressional elections.

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Mennonite Anti-Crime Activist Killed in Mexico

Posted: 07/07/2009 - An anti-crime activist and a neighbor, both members of the pacifist Mennonite community in northern Mexico, were killed Tuesday by gunmen believed linked to a drug cartel, a local legislator said.

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