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Possible Michelangelo Self-Portrait Revealed

Posted: 07/02/2009 - The restoration of Michelangelo's frescoes in the Vatican's Pauline Chapel may have produced a special prize - a previously unknown self-portrait of the artist.

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Britain Braces for 100,000 Swine Flu Cases a Day

Posted: 07/02/2009 - Britain faces a projected 100,000 new swine flu cases a day by the end of August and must revamp its flu strategy to cope, the nation's health minister said Thursday.

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China Students Upset Over Mandatory Summer Drills

Posted: 07/02/2009 - Until last week, Alice Li's summer plans were simple: work part-time at a convenience store, study for graduate exams and go to the amusement park with friends.

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Comoros Crash Spotlights 3rd-World Air Travel Risk

Posted: 07/02/2009 - First there was smoke, then flames burst out of the aircraft engine. But I was having difficulty communicating with the Mozambican flight attendant who was fussing with warm sodas and soggy sandwiches and did not speak English.

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NKorea Fires Missiles; Launch Toward US Feared

Posted: 07/02/2009 - North Korea fired a barrage of short-range missiles off its east coast in a possible prelude to the launch of a long-range missile toward Hawaii over the U.S. Independence Day holiday.

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UN Chief to Lobby Myanmar for Suu Kyi's Release

Posted: 07/02/2009 - The U.N. secretary-general said he planned to lobby Myanmar's junta chief directly Friday for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, acknowledging that his high-profile mission will be "very difficult."

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Comoros Crash Spotlights 3rd-World Air Travel Risk

Posted: 07/02/2009 - First there was smoke, then flames burst out of the aircraft engine. But I was having difficulty communicating with the Mozambican flight attendant who was fussing with warm sodas and soggy sandwiches and did not speak English.

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French: Air France Plane Hit the Sea Belly First

Posted: 07/02/2009 - Air France Flight 447 slammed into the Atlantic Ocean, intact and belly first, at such a high speed that the 228 people aboard probably had no time to even inflate their life jackets, French investigators said Thursday in their first report into the June 1 accident.

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Diplomats Reach for Solution to Honduras Coup

Posted: 07/02/2009 - International diplomats who have threatened and isolated Honduras' coup-spawned government said Thursday they would travel to Honduras in an attempt to persuade the interim leaders to restore the president they ousted.

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FBI Notes: Saddam Feared Iran More Than US Attack

Posted: 07/02/2009 - The farm where Saddam Hussein hid from U.S. forces before he was captured in December 2003 was familiar ground for the Iraqi dictator: It was the same place, he told an FBI agent, where he sought refuge 44 years earlier after taking part in a failed attempt to kill Iraq's president.

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Comoros Crash Survivor Welcomed Home by Father

Posted: 07/02/2009 - A teenager rescued after Tuesday's plane crash in the Indian Ocean has arrived back in France, even as the search continues for any other possible survivors.

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Global Donations for NKorea Food Aid Dwindle

Posted: 07/01/2009 - The U.N.'s food agency cannot feed millions of hungry women and children in impoverished North Korea because international donations have dried up and the communist regime has restricted its operations, an official said Wednesday.

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Myanmar Fossil May Shed Light on Evolution

Posted: 07/01/2009 - Fossils recently discovered in Myanmar could prove that the common ancestors of humans, monkeys and apes evolved from primates in Asia, rather than Africa, researchers contend in a study released Wednesday.

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Russian Gambling Halls Shut Down in Most Cities

Posted: 07/01/2009 - One of the glitziest symbols of cash-splashing Russians vanished from Russia's cityscapes Wednesday as a law banning casinos, slot-machine parlors and betting halls outside four remote regions of the country came into effect.

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Bolivia Leader Says Obama 'Lied' About Cooperation

Posted: 07/01/2009 - President Evo Morales on Wednesday accused Barack Obama of lying by pledging to change America's historically heavy-handed relationship with Latin America and then halting $25 million in annual trade benefits for Bolivia.

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House Where PR Militant Killed Could Be Museum

Posted: 07/01/2009 - A bullet-scarred farmhouse where the fugitive leader of a militant Puerto Rican nationalist group was killed in a shootout with FBI agents is a historical site deserving preservation, a mayor in this U.S. territory said Wednesday.

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Teen Clung to Comoros Plane Wreckage for 13 Hours

Posted: 07/01/2009 - The lone survivor of a Yemeni jetliner crash, who clung to wreckage for 13 hours before being rescued, lay in a hospital bed with a broken collarbone Wednesday, asking for little - except for a chance to see her mother.

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Managua Mayor Arguello, Ex-Boxing Champ, Dies

Posted: 07/01/2009 - Former world boxing great and Managua Mayor Alexis Arguello was found dead at his home Wednesday, prompting three days of official mourning for a rising star of the Sandinista party who once bitterly opposed the leftist movement.

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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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