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Update: Missing French Jet Hit Thunderstorms Over Atlantic

Updated: 06/02/2009 - A missing Air France jet carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris ran into a towering wall of thunderstorms over the Atlantic Ocean, officials said Monday, fearing that all aboard were lost.

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Air France Jet Missing Over Atlantic, 228 on Board

Updated: 06/01/2009 - An Air France jet carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris lost contact with air traffic controllers over the Atlantic Ocean, an Air France official said Monday. Brazil immediately began a search mission off its northeastern coast.

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Egypt Man Cuts off His Penis for Love, Say Police

Posted: 05/31/2009 - A 25-year-old Egyptian man cut off his own penis to spite his family after he was refused permission to marry a girl from a lower class family, police reported Sunday.

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Israel Throws out Proposed 'Loyalty Law'

Posted: 05/31/2009 - The Israeli government on Sunday threw out a proposal aimed at minority Arabs to require an oath of loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state or risk losing their citizenship, dealing a blow to the country's ultranationalist foreign minister, who spearheaded the proposal.

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Vandals Deface Tombs of Beloved Neapolitans

Posted: 05/31/2009 - Bandits have vandalized the tombs of two of Italy's most beloved artists, the legendary tenor Enrico Caruso and comic actor Toto, news reports said Sunday.

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Berlusconi Moves to Block Publication of Photos

Posted: 05/30/2009 - Premier Silvio Berlusconi is fighting back in a scandal feeding on his fondness for young women, with his lawyer acknowledging Saturday the media mogul has moved to block publication of hundreds of photos taken of guests at his sumptuous Sardinian villa.

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Tensions Rise on Korean Peninsula

Posted: 05/30/2009 - North Korea's neighbors are anxiously awaiting its next move, after South Korea spotted possible signs of preparations to move a long-range missile to a launch site.

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US Urges Europe, China To Step Up Afghan Help

Posted: 05/29/2009 - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Europe and China to step up their involvement in rebuilding Afghanistan, saying Saturday that America alone cannot put the conflict-ridden nation back on its feet while mired in a fight against the Taliban.

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Gates: North Korea Should Weigh Moves Carefully

Posted: 05/29/2009 - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned North Korea on Saturday that the United States would respond quickly if moves by the communist government threaten America or its Asian allies.

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Bush And Clinton Appear On Stage Together

Posted: 05/29/2009 - Former President George W. Bush called former President Bill Clinton "his brother" and the two rarely disagreed in their first-ever appearance together on stage.

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Cuba Criticizes Microsoft Blocking Messenger

Posted: 05/29/2009 - Cuba criticized Microsoft on Friday for blocking its Messenger instant messaging service on the island and in other countries under U.S. sanctions, calling it yet another example of Washington's "harsh" treatment of Havana.

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Brazil Dam Break Kills 4, Leaves 11 People Missing

Posted: 05/28/2009 - Raging torrents from a ruptured dam swamped a small rural Brazilian city Thursday, killing four people and destroying at least 120 homes in a region already devastated by more than a month of floods. Eleven people were missing, 80 suffered minor injuries and nearly 3,000 were forced from their homes.

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Myanmar: Suu Kyi's Lawyers Optimistic About Case

Posted: 05/28/2009 - Lawyers for Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed optimism about her case after the only witness allowed to testify for the defense addressed the court in her trial on charges of violating house arrest.

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Brazil Files New Indictment Against NY Pilots

Posted: 05/28/2009 - Brazilian prosecutors filed a new indictment Thursday against two New York pilots whose small jet was involved in one of Brazil's worst air disasters, the pilots' attorney said.

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Venezuela To Charge Anti-Chavez TV President

Posted: 05/28/2009 - Venezuelan prosecutors said Thursday they will arraign the president of an opposition television station on charges related to his car dealership business.

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Napolitano Addresses Sept. 11 Canada Controversy

Posted: 05/27/2009 - U.S. Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano wanted to make it clear to Canada on Wednesday that she knows she misspoke when she erroneously said that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists entered the United States through Canada.

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Trial Of Myanmar Opposition Leader Nears End

Posted: 05/27/2009 - The sole defense witness was scheduled to appear Thursday at the trial of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for violating the terms of her house arrest, as the proceedings seemed to be nearing their end.

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North Korean Threatens US, South Korean Shipping

Posted: 05/27/2009 - North Korea threatened military strikes on U.S. and South Korean ships and renounced a 1953 truce halting the Korean War fighting - an escalation of tensions in the wake of Pyongyang's nuclear test.

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Diplomat: Expanded NKorea Sanctions Proposed

Posted: 05/27/2009 - Key world powers have proposed a range of expanded U.N. sanctions against North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test as well as measures to give teeth to existing ship searches and bans against the reclusive Asian nation, a U.N. diplomat said Wednesday.

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Castro Criticizes Cheney's Defense Of US Methods

Posted: 05/27/2009 - Fidel Castro criticized former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney for defending American interrogation methods against terror suspects, saying in comments published Wednesday that torture should never be used to extract information.

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Pakistan Explosion Leads to Casualties

Posted: 05/26/2009 - A large bomb has exploded in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore and an official says it has caused a large number of casualties.

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Cyclone Alia Death Toll Rises

Posted: 05/26/2009 - Officials say the death toll from Cyclone Aila that battered eastern India and Bangladesh in recent days has risen to at least 159.

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Bolivia Denies Supplying Iran With Uranium

Posted: 05/26/2009 - Bolivia on Tuesday denied supplying uranium to Iran, while Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dismissed Israeli allegations that the two countries have been aiding Tehran's nuclear program.

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