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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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Canada Forest Fire Continues to Rage

Posted: 07/20/2009 - Firefighters and air tankers in southern British Columbia continue to battle a forest fire that has forced the evacuation of 11,000 residents.

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Polish Philosopher Leszek Kolakowski Dead at 81

Posted: 07/20/2009 - Leszek Kolakowski, a Polish philosopher and historian whose decision to disavow Marxism pushed him into exile and made him an inspiration for his nation's struggle against communism, has died. He was 81.

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Surprise Confession by Surviving Mumbai Gunman

Posted: 07/20/2009 - The lone surviving gunman in the Mumbai attacks made a surprise confession at his trial Monday, saying he was recruited by a militant group inside Pakistan after he left a low-paying job and went looking for training to become a professional robber.

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Southeast Asia's Most Wanted Militant at Large

Posted: 07/20/2009 - Southeast Asia's most wanted Muslim militant is said to be a masterful bomb-maker and aspiring regional commander for al-Qaida, who has eluded capture for nearly a decade.

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Fujimori Sentenced to 7 1/2 Years for Embezzlement

Posted: 07/20/2009 - Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison Monday after he admitted illegally paying his spy chief $15 million in government funds.

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Israel to Lebanon: Stop Border Violations

Posted: 07/20/2009 - Israel urged the Lebanese government and U.N. peacekeepers on Monday to prevent Hezbollah militants and their supporters from violating its territory and jeopardizing the fragile stability along the border.

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Australian Engulfed in Flames After Being Tasered

Posted: 07/20/2009 - A man whose relatives say had been sniffing gasoline burst into flames after a police officer Tasered him as he ran at officials carrying a container of fuel, police said Tuesday.

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Rights Group: Nigeria Forces Killed 130 Civilians

Posted: 07/20/2009 - An international rights group says the Nigerian government should investigate security officials for allegedly killing more than 130 people during mob violence in November.

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Clinton Says 9/11 Ringleaders Are in Pakistan

Posted: 07/20/2009 - U.S. officials "firmly believe" that al-Qaida leaders who planned and carried out the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are hiding in Pakistan near its border with Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday.

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US: 4 US Troops Die in Afghanistan

Posted: 07/20/2009 - NATO says four more Americans have been killed in Afghanistan, making July the deadliest month ever for U.S. troops in this war.

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Italian Paper Revives Berlusconi Scandal

Posted: 07/20/2009 - An Italian newsweekly has obtained tape recordings of what it says was the night Premier 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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South Africa Tests AIDS Vaccine

Posted: 07/19/2009 - South Africa is launching clinical trials of the first AIDS vaccines created by a developing country, a feat by scientists who forged ahead even when some of their political leaders shocked the world with unscientific pronouncements about the disease.

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US Envoy to Discuss NKorea with Seoul Officials

Posted: 07/19/2009 - A senior U.S. diplomat will discuss how to handle an increasingly defiant North Korea in a standoff over its nuclear program when he meets with South Korean officials in a series of meetings Monday.

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Clinton Prepares to Sign India Cooperation Deals

Posted: 07/19/2009 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is applauding new progress in U.S.-India relations, highlighted by an agreement to broaden cooperation beyond trade and military ties to include agriculture, education and women's issues.

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Mauritania junta leader declared poll winner

Posted: 07/19/2009 - Mauritania's interior minister says former junta chief Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has won this Islamic country's presidential election in a landslide. But opposition leaders say the vote was marred by fraud and called it an "electoral coup."

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South Africa Tests AIDS Vaccine

Posted: 07/19/2009 - South Africa is launching clinical trials of two AIDS vaccines its researchers developed in collaboration with U.S. experts, a major step for a developing country where political leaders once shocked the world with their unscientific pronouncements about the disease.

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Madonna to Visit Victims of French Stage Accident

Posted: 07/19/2009 - Madonna is expected to visit some of the eight workers who were injured in an accident in which two workers were killed while assembling a music stage for the singer in the French port of Marseilles.

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Turkey Extends Smoke Ban to Bars, Restaurants

Posted: 07/19/2009 - Patrons of a usually smoke-filled hookah bar stepped outside to light up Sunday as Turkey extended a ban on indoor public smoking to bars, restaurants and coffeehouses.

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Soldier Held in Afghanistan is 23-Year-Old Idahoan

Posted: 07/19/2009 - A soldier from Idaho who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan has been captured, the Pentagon confirmed Sunday, a day after he was seen in a Taliban video posted online.

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