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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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Indonesians Vote in Presidential Election

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Indonesians voted Wednesday in their emerging democracy's second direct presidential election, with the incumbent expected to win a single-round victory thanks to recent economic and political stability.

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Iran President Declares New Era for Country

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday sought to put the turmoil over the disputed presidential elections behind him and declared on national television that the contests were clean, fair and marked the start of a new era.

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Internet Plays Key Role in China's Latest Unrest

Posted: 07/07/2009 - The brawl between Han Chinese and Uighurs in southern China was scarcely covered by state media, but accounts and photos spread quickly via the Internet and became a spark that helped ignite deadly riots thousands of miles away in the Uighur homeland.

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Prosecutors Appeal Al-Bashir Genocide Decision

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court have appealed the tribunal's decision not to indict Sudan's president on charges of waging genocide in Darfur, according to a document released Tuesday.

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