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Russian Court Arrests Suspected Ship Hijackers

Posted: 08/21/2009 - Russian news agencies say a Moscow court has formally arrested eight people suspected of hijacking a freighter at the center of a monthlong high-seas mystery.

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South Africa Rallies Behind Runner in Gender Storm

Posted: 08/21/2009 - South Africans planned to rally in support of track champion Caster Semenya - celebrating her win in the 800 meters at the world championship, and denouncing questions about whether she should be allowed to compete as a woman as racist and sexist.

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Bernanke Optimistic Economy will Grow Again Soon

Posted: 08/21/2009 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday offered his most optimistic outlook since the financial crisis struck, saying the economy is on the verge of growing again.

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Ex-Chavez Ally Seeks Asylum in Peru to Evade Trial

Posted: 08/21/2009 - A former ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is in Peru seeking political asylum to avoid corruption charges at home that he contends are politically motivated, his lawyer said Friday.

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Peru's Amazon Indians Warn of Renewed Protests

Posted: 08/21/2009 - Peruvian Amazon Indian leaders are warning of renewed protests, alleging Friday that the government has not honored promises made in the aftermath of June violence that left at least 23 police and 10 Indians dead.

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Mexican Kidnapping Cop Suspended Over Botch Rescue

Posted: 08/20/2009 - Mexico City has suspended its anti-kidnapping chief over a rescue attempt fraught with catastrophic errors in which police killed two of their own FBI-trained commanders and a captor shot the kidnapped woman.

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Mexico Decriminalizes Small-Scale Drug Possession

Posted: 08/20/2009 - Mexico enacted a controversial law Thursday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs while encouraging free government treatment for drug dependency.

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Police Investigated in China Gang Bust

Posted: 08/20/2009 - At least six district police chiefs are being investigated on suspicion of protecting local gangs in a major crackdown on crime in the southwest city of Chongqing, state media said Friday.

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2nd Lead Poisoning Case Hits China, 1,300 Sick

Posted: 08/20/2009 - China has detained two factory officials after 1,300 children were poisoned by pollution from a manganese processing plant, days after emissions from a lead smelter in another province sickened hundreds.

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Scotland Frees Terminally Ill Lockerbie Bomber

Posted: 08/20/2009 - Scotland freed the terminally ill Lockerbie bomber on compassionate grounds Thursday, letting the Libyan go home to die despite American pleas to show no mercy for the man responsible for the 1988 attack that killed 270 people.

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26 Afghans Killed in Election Day Attacks

Posted: 08/20/2009 - Taliban threats scared voters and dampened turnout in the militant south Thursday as Afghans voted for president for the second time ever. Insurgents killed 26 Afghans in scattered attacks, but officials said militants failed to disrupt the vote.

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Decision in Lockerbie Case Thursday

Posted: 08/19/2009 - The Scottish government says a decision has been reached in the case of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi and will be announced Thursday.

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UBS to Divulge 4,450 Account Names, More Expected

Posted: 08/19/2009 - Swiss banking giant UBS AG agreed Wednesday to turn over to the IRS the details of 4,450 accounts suspected of holding undeclared assets by American customers, ending an intense trans-Atlantic legal fight.

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Clinton: Insurgents Seek to Intimidate Afghans

Posted: 08/18/2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the latest rise in insurgent violence in Afghanistan reflects a deliberate campaign to intimidate voters ahead of Thursday's presidential election.

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Retail Sales Plunge in E. Europe

Posted: 08/18/2009 - When the Sky & More mall opened in Riga in 2007, retailers hoped its expensive boutiques and upscale supermarket would draw well-off Latvians on their way home to the pine-forested neighborhoods on the capital's north side.

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Mubarak Indicates He Will Seek Presidency Again

Posted: 08/18/2009 - Egypt's 81-year-old leader Hosni Mubarak is indicating after talks with President Barack Obama that he has plans to seek another term as president in the country's next elections.

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Ex-Zambian Leader Acquitted of Corruption Charges

Posted: 08/17/2009 - A magistrate acquitted former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba of corruption charges Monday after a six-year trial in a ruling that overjoyed his supporters but frustrated clean-government campaigners in Africa.

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Italy's Elusive Lotto Jackpot Climbs to Euro140m

Posted: 08/17/2009 - Millions of Italians and foreigners failed once again to guess the winning numbers in Italy's state lottery, and the record jackpot climbed to euro139.9 million ($197 million) after Monday's draw.

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Accident at Russian Hydroelectric Plant Kills 11

Posted: 08/17/2009 - An accident during repair work at Russia's largest hydroelectric plant on Monday killed at least 11 workers, while as many as 65 others were missing after an engine room was suddenly flooded, officials said.

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