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Jury Awards $675K in Boston Music Downloading Case

Posted: 07/31/2009 - A federal jury on Friday ordered a Boston University graduate student who admitted illegally downloading and sharing music online to pay $675,000 to four record labels.

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Academy's 'Keeper of the Oscars' Dead at 48

Posted: 07/31/2009 - Steven Miessner, the motion picture academy's devoted "Keeper of the Oscars" who each year donned his signature white gloves to get the golden statuettes ready for their closeup before a worldwide audience, is dead at age 48.

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Kenyan PM: Government to Evict People from Forest

Posted: 07/31/2009 - The Kenyan government will evict thousands of people from the country's largest forest to protect the watershed for Lake Victoria, a source of the Nile, the prime minister said Friday.

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RU-486 Abortion Drug to be Allowed in Italy

Posted: 07/31/2009 - Italy has approved the use of the abortion drug RU-486, capping years of debate and defying opposition from the Vatican, which warned of immediate excommunication for doctors prescribing the pill and for women who use it.

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Portugal's High Court Keeps Gay Marriage Ban

Posted: 07/31/2009 - Portugal's Constitutional Court on Friday upheld the country's ban on gay marriage, rejecting a challenge by two lesbians who are seeking to wed.

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Argentina Experts See No Swine Flu Mutation - Yet

Posted: 07/31/2009 - Argentina has the most swine flu deaths outside the United States, but the virus is still killing fewer people than normal seasonal flu - good news for a world waiting to see how it evolves in the southern winter.

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Cuba Enters Crisis Mode as Economy Worsens

Posted: 07/31/2009 - Cuba clicked into crisis mode Friday, postponing a key Communist Party congress aimed at charting a post-Castro future and announcing that its woeful economy is even worse than expected.

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Nigeria Police Claim Victory Over Radical Sect

Posted: 07/31/2009 - Five days of fighting between government forces and a radical Islamist sect left dirt roads soaked with blood, buildings scorched and dozens dead, including the group's leader, but revenge attacks were feared even as the national police claimed victory.

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Fatah, West's Hope for Peace, Faces Critical Test

Posted: 07/31/2009 - Fatah, the divided and demoralized movement of the late Yasser Arafat and the West's best hope for delivering a Mideast peace deal, is trying to stage a comeback.

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Indian Rights Activists Blast Baby-Dropping Ritual

Posted: 07/31/2009 - Rights activists lashed out at local officials who allowed hundreds of infants to be dropped from the roof of a mosque in western India in the belief that the fall - which ends when the babies are caught in a bedsheet - would ensure good health and prosperity for their families.

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Terror Suspect Purportedly Claims Jakarta Blasts

Posted: 07/29/2009 - Police were investigating the origin of an Internet message claiming responsibility for twin hotel bombings in Indonesia's capital nearly two weeks ago. The group calling itself al-Qaida Indonesia said the attacks targeted the American business community.

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IMF to Boost Funds for Poor Countries

Posted: 07/29/2009 - The International Monetary Fund says it will sharply increase funds it provides to low income countries to help them deal with the global financial crisis.

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Ruling Parties Win Majority in Kurdish Elections

Posted: 07/29/2009 - Iraq's election commission says regional President Massoud Barzani and the two ruling parties won majorities in Kurdish elections, but the opposition had a strong showing.

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President of Military-Led Fiji Plans to Step Down

Posted: 07/28/2009 - Military-led Fiji announced Tuesday that its aged and ailing president will step down later this week and be replaced by a former army commander, a move observers say will consolidate the military's rule in this South Pacific nation.

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Flight 'iIcident' Puts Speed Sensors in Spotlight

Posted: 07/28/2009 - The pilot of an Air France plane flying from Rome to Paris this month spent a minute without information on the speed of the aircraft, which was equipped with new generation speed sensors installed after the June crash of another flight, the newspaper Le Figaro reported in an article for its Thursday edition.

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Nigerian Troops Surround Militant Hideout

Posted: 07/28/2009 - Army troops traded fire with Islamic militants Tuesday and deployed armored vehicles to surround the suspected hideout of a radical Muslim leader accused of orchestrating three days of violence in Africa's most populous nation.

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Suspected Car Bomb in Spanish City

Posted: 07/28/2009 - The Interior Ministry says a suspected car bomb has exploded near a Civil Guard barracks in the northern city of Burgos.

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Dozens Missing after Haitian Boat Sinks; 15 Dead

Posted: 07/28/2009 - The handmade wooden sailboat, weighed down with about 200 Haitians fleeing poverty, tried to maneuver through the treacherous coral reefs when it was struck by heavy swells. It had no chance.

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Mexico to Issue Citizens National Identity Card

Posted: 07/28/2009 - President Felipe Calderon says Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards for its citizens starting this year, and by 2012 everyone will have one.

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Chavez 'Freezes' Diplomatic Ties with Colombia

Posted: 07/28/2009 - President Hugo Chavez recalled his ambassador from Bogota on Tuesday and threatened to halt Colombian imports after the neighboring country said anti-tank weapons found in a rebel arms cache came from Venezuela.

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