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Costa Rica's President has Swine Flu

Posted: 08/11/2009 - Nobel Peace laureate and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias said Tuesday that he has swine flu, showing that not even a head of state is safe from the virus that has caused worldwide concern but relatively few deaths.

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Wreckage of Plane Found in Papua New Guinea

Posted: 08/11/2009 - Rescuers in a helicopter saw no immediate signs of life Wednesday at the wreckage of a chartered plane that crashed while carrying 13 people to a tourist region of Papua New Guinea, the airline said.

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Rio Employees Face Trade Secrets, Bribery Charges

Posted: 08/11/2009 - China has formally arrested four employees of the Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. on charges of infringing trade secrets and bribery, in a case that has strained relations with Australia.

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US Soldier Charged in Mexican Cartel Killing

Posted: 08/11/2009 - A Fort Bliss soldier and two other men have been charged in the shooting death of a mid-level Mexican drug cartel member who was also a U.S. informant.

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UK Chief says Spies not Complicit in Torture

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Britain's foreign spy chief denied in an interview broadcast Monday that agents tortured terror suspects or that Britain colluded with countries that use torture.

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Stasi Prison Memorial Pleas for Financial Help

Posted: 08/10/2009 - The memorial at the former prison run by Communist East Germany's Stasi secret police is deep in debt after being flooded with nonpaying visitors this year as Germany marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, an official said Monday.

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Lenin Statue Collapses, Kills Man in Belarus

Posted: 08/10/2009 - A massive statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin collapsed on a man who was hanging from it Monday, killing him on the spot, authorities said.

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Cuban Political Prisoners Increase by 1

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Political prisoners held in Cuba increased by one to 206 in the past six months, the first time the number has not dropped sharply since Raul Castro took over running the communist country three years ago.

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Remains of Missing Greek Cypriot Soldiers Found

Posted: 08/10/2009 - The remains of five Greek Cypriot soldiers who appear in an iconic 1974 photo surrendering to invading Turkish troops were found in an abandoned well in the Turkish Cypriot north, officials said Monday.

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20 Slovak Workers Missing after Coal Mine Blast

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Twenty workers were trapped underground Monday after a fire and explosion hit a coal mine in central Slovakia, and rescue workers operating in darkness and high temperatures were struggling to reach them, officials said.

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Tonga Ferry Captain Says He Was Pressured to Sail

Posted: 08/10/2009 - The captain of the Tongan ferry that sank leaving 93 missing and presumed dead said Monday he was pressured into sailing the vessel even though authorities knew the ship had problems.

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Restive Youths Burn Cars in New Suburban Unrest

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Restive youths in a Paris suburb torched a tourist bus and nearly a half-dozen cars and hurled objects at police early Tuesday, a night after fullblown unrest prompted by the death of a teen fleeing police.

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Mexico: Suspect Plotted to Kill President

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Federal police have arrested a drug cartel suspect they believe was behind a plot to kill President Felipe Calderon in retaliation for his crackdown on organized crime, the head of the anti-drug unit said Monday.

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Police: 400 Unaccounted for in Taiwan Mudslide

Posted: 08/10/2009 - A mudslide touched off by a deadly typhoon buried a remote mountain village in Taiwan, leaving at least 400 people unaccounted for, while a massive landslide in China toppled seven apartment buildings, an official said Tuesday.

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Earthquakes Shake Tokyo Area, Indian Ocean

Posted: 08/10/2009 - A powerful earthquake hit Tokyo and nearby areas shortly after dawn Tuesday, halting trains and forcing two nuclear reactors to shut down for safety checks. More than 30 people suffered minor injuries.

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Police: 400 Unaccounted for in Taiwan Mudslide

Posted: 08/10/2009 - A mudslide touched off by a deadly typhoon buried a remote mountain village, leaving at least 400 people unaccounted for Monday, and military rescue helicopters unable to land because of the slippery ground dropped food to desperate survivors.

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Tiny Deer Among 350 New Species Found in Himalayas

Posted: 08/10/2009 - The world's smallest deer, a flying frog and catfish that stick to rocks - as well as more than 350 other species - have been discovered over the past decade in the Himalayas, making it one of the world's most biologically rich regions, an environmental group said Monday.

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Saudi Princess Robbed at Posh Italian Resort

Posted: 08/10/2009 - Italian police said Monday they are hunting for burglars who stole euro11 million ($15.5 million) in cash and jewelry from the hotel room of a Saudi princess.

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Strong Earthquake Shakes Tokyo Area

Posted: 08/09/2009 - The Japan Meteorological Agency says a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 has shaken the Japanese capital of Tokyo and surrounding areas.

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