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Argentina Gets New Health Minister Amid Swine Flu

Posted: 07/01/2009 - Argentina swore in a new health minister on Wednesday as the spreading swine flu epidemic prompted schools nationwide to give students an early vacation and one province to declare a public health emergency.

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Teen Clung to Comoros Plane Wreckage for 13 Hours

Posted: 07/01/2009 - Despite a fractured collarbone, a teenage girl clung to the wreckage of a plane for more than 13 hours before rescuers found her floating in the Indian Ocean, authorities said Wednesday. She is the only known survivor of the crash.

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NKorean Ship Under US Scrutiny Changes Course

Posted: 07/01/2009 - A North Korean ship monitored for more than a week by the U.S. Navy has changed course and is heading back the way it came, U.S. officials said, as Pyongyang warned Wednesday it will take military action if anyone attempts to search its vessels.

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US Spy in Rendition Trial: 'I followed orders'

Posted: 06/30/2009 - A former CIA agent on trial for the alleged kidnapping of a Muslim cleric and terror suspect in Milan acknowledged in an interview published Tuesday that he had a role in the operation but insisted he was only following orders.

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Police Find 5 Bodies, Severed Head in Mexico

Posted: 06/30/2009 - Mexican police on Tuesday found the remains of six people tortured and shot to death in a western state that is a focus of the government's war against drug cartels.

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$1.2 Billion in Debts Canceled to Help Haiti

Posted: 06/30/2009 - Three international organizations canceled $1.2 billion of Haiti's debt Tuesday, freeing up millions of dollars each year for the deeply impoverished Caribbean nation that is beset by humanitarian crises.

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SKorean Official: Kim Successor not Final in North

Posted: 06/30/2009 - The decision on who will become North Korea's next leader may not be final despite reports that Kim Jong Il has tapped his youngest son to succeed him, South Korea's defense chief said.

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Interim Honduran Leader Vows Zelaya Won't Return

Posted: 06/30/2009 - The interim president of Honduras vowed Tuesday not to resign the post he took over following a military coup and claimed that only an armed invasion would restore his ousted predecessor to power.

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Deposed Honduran Prez Accused of Drug Ties

Posted: 06/30/2009 - The regime that ousted Manuel Zelaya in Honduras claimed Tuesday that the deposed president allowed tons of cocaine to be flown into the Central American country on its way to the United States.

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British Man Begins Australian Island Dream Job

Posted: 06/30/2009 - Briton Ben Southall said he'll miss his mom's Sunday roast as he began what's been dubbed the "Best Job in the World" - a six-month contract to serve as caretaker of a tropical Australian island.

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Putin Tells Russian Casinos to Cash in Their Chips

Posted: 06/30/2009 - Most roulette wheels are grinding to a halt in Russia. The Kremlin is trying to rein in an industry seen as a breeding ground for corruption and organized crime. The government has ordered the closure of all casinos and gambling halls Wednesday.

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UN Tells Honduras to Reinstate President

Posted: 06/30/2009 - Honduras' ousted president won overwhelming international support Tuesday as he planned a high-profile return to his chaotic country. The politicians who sent soldiers to fly him into exile in his pajamas said he will be arrested for treason if he tries.

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Refund Details Announced for Jackson Concerts

Posted: 06/29/2009 - More than 750,000 Michael Jackson fans can get full refunds for the pop star's canceled 50-night "This is It" concert extravaganza - or opt to receive souvenir tickets instead, the promoters announced Monday.

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Journalists Briefly Detained by Troops in Honduras

Posted: 06/29/2009 - Honduran troops detained seven international journalists covering the aftermath of a military coup Monday, freeing them unhurt a short time later. The government also took at least two television stations off the air and interrupted the broadcasts of others.

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Freight Train Derails, Kills 10 in Italy

Posted: 06/29/2009 - A rail car filled with liquefied natural gas exploded when a freight train derailed in the middle of a small Italian town, setting off an inferno that killed at least 10 people and injured 50 others, officials said Tuesday.

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Haiti President's Party Picks up 5 Senate Seats

Posted: 06/29/2009 - President Rene Preval's party won five of 11 contests to fill open Senate seats, according to preliminary results released Monday by the provisional electoral council.

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Pakistan Militants Abandon Peace Deal

Posted: 06/29/2009 - Taliban militants in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan say they're scrapping a peace deal with the government.

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Mexico Frees 3 Mayors Held for Alleged Drug Ties

Posted: 06/29/2009 - Federal prosecutors released three of the 10 Mexican mayors arrested last month in an unprecedented sweep of elected officials accused of protecting a drug cartel, authorities said Monday.

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US Ready to Beef up UN Peacekeeping Operations

Posted: 06/29/2009 - The United States is prepared to provide more military observers, police and civilian staff to beef up the U.N.'s far-flung peacekeeping operations, the U.S. ambassador said Monday.

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Oil Jumps Above $73 on Dollar Fall, Nigeria Attack

Posted: 06/29/2009 - Oil prices jumped above $73 a barrel Tuesday in Asia as a weakening U.S. dollar and attacks on oil installations in Nigeria helped push prices to eight-month highs.

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