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French Pilot Re-Enacts 1st English Channel Flight

Posted: 07/25/2009 - A French pilot on Saturday recreated the first-ever flight across the English Channel in a monoplane like the one that Louis Bleriot flew in 1909, complete with a wooden propeller, bicycle wheels and an engine about as powerful as a lawnmower.

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Zelaya Returns to Honduras Border, to Set Up Camp

Posted: 07/25/2009 - President Manuel Zelaya returned to the Honduran border on Saturday and announced he would set up camp there, despite foreign leaders urging him not to force a confrontation with the government in power since last month's coup.

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Reports: Iran Reactor to Be Switched on This Year

Posted: 07/22/2009 - The reactor at a nuclear power plant that Russia is building in Iran will be switched on this year, Russian news agencies quoted the country's nuclear agency chief as saying Wednesday.

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Police Seize 'La Dolce Vita' Cafe for Mafia Ties

Posted: 07/22/2009 - Italian authorities on Wednesday seized about euro200 million ($284 million) in assets and businesses owned by the 'ndrangheta crime syndicate, including the Cafe de Paris of "La Dolce Vita" movie fame.

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Wildfires Ease in British Columbia

Posted: 07/21/2009 - About 6,000 people who were forced to flee their homes because of wildfires ablaze over southern British Columbia are returning home.

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Rights Group: Companies Fuel Congo Conflict

Posted: 07/21/2009 - International companies are fueling the conflict in eastern Congo by not checking the origins of the minerals they buy, a human rights group said.

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Spanish Minister to Visit Disputed Gibraltar

Posted: 07/21/2009 - Spain's foreign minister made a historic border crossing to the disputed British colony of Gibraltar on Tuesday, the first by a Spanish Cabinet minister since the Rock was ceded almost 300 years ago.

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Mumbai Gunman Describes Indoctrination in Pakistan

Posted: 07/21/2009 - An Indian court that heard a stunning confession from the lone surviving gunman in the Mumbai terror attacks put a gag order on his latest testimony - a message to his handlers in Pakistan and a description of the indoctrination he received before coming to India.

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3 Bodies, 1 Headless, Found in Ditch in Mexico

Posted: 07/21/2009 - Three bodies, one of them headless, were found floating in an irrigation ditch Tuesday in a northern Mexican border city where drug violence has spiked despite the presence of thousands of soldiers.

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Global Health Officials Mull How to Slow Swine Flu

Posted: 07/21/2009 - Some Muslim countries are advising pregnant women not to attend the hajj pilgrimage. China is quarantining any visitor suspected of having a fever, while priests in New Zealand have been banned from placing Communion wafers on worshippers' tongues.

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UN Debate on Genocide Asks: Protect or Intervene?

Posted: 07/21/2009 - Out of genocides past and Africa's tumult a controversial but seldom-used diplomatic tool is emerging: The concept that the world has a "responsibility to protect" civilians against their own brutal governments.

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Brazil Official Calls Israeli FM 'Fascist'

Posted: 07/21/2009 - Israel's foreign minister ran into controversy on the first day of a Latin American trip Tuesday when an official of Brazil's ruling party reportedly called him a "fascist."

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Spanish Minister to Visit Disputed Gibraltar

Posted: 07/21/2009 - Spain's foreign minister made a historic border crossing to the disputed British colony of Gibraltar on Tuesday, the first by a Spanish Cabinet minister since the Rock was ceded almost 300 years ago.

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Thousands Throng to Village in India for Eclipse

Posted: 07/21/2009 - Scientists, students and nature enthusiasts prepared Tuesday for the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, while millions planned to shutter themselves indoors, giving in to superstitious myths about the phenomenon.

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28 Finalists Named in '7 Wonders of Nature' Poll

Posted: 07/21/2009 - The Grand Canyon, the Matterhorn and the Great Barrier Reef are competing with 25 other spectacular natural landmarks in the final phase of the global poll to choose the "New 7 Wonders of Nature."

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Chinese Web Sites Close Amid Tightening Controls

Posted: 07/21/2009 - Two more Web sites dedicated to social networking went offline in China on Tuesday amid tightening controls that have blocked Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites that offered many Chinese a rare taste of free expression.

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Italy Magazine Revives Berlusconi Scandal

Posted: 07/20/2009 - An Italian newsweekly and newspaper have released tape recordings of what they say was the night Silvio Berlusconi spent with a prostitute in which the premier is purportedly heard asking her to wait for him in bed while he showers.

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