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Gaza Aid Boat Passengers Still in Israeli Custody

Posted: 07/03/2009 - Most members of a group of foreign peace activists seized at sea by the Israeli navy remained in custody Friday, three days after their failed attempt to run Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, relatives and supporters said.

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Prosecutors: Demjanjuk Fit to Stand Trial

Posted: 07/03/2009 - John Demjanjuk moved one step closer to another trial after German prosecutors said Friday that doctors had deemed the 89-year-old fit to go to court on charges of being accessory to murder at the Sobibor Nazi death camp.

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Pope OKs Miracle to Beatify UK Cardinal Newman

Posted: 07/03/2009 - Cardinal John Henry Newman, an influential 19th-century Anglican theologian who converted to Roman Catholicism, moved a step closer to possible sainthood Friday after the pope approved a miracle attributed to his intercession.

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Myanmar Denies UN Chief's Request to See Suu Kyi

Posted: 07/03/2009 - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon could leave Myanmar empty-handed after apparently failing to win any concessions Friday from the country's top military ruler or to gain permission to visit opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in jail.

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Brazil Prison Guards Nab Pigeon with Cell Phone

Posted: 07/03/2009 - Prison guards foiled a new attempt to smuggle a cell phone into a Brazilian prison by carrier pigeon - this one wearing a tiny backpack - and said Friday that the practice is becoming almost commonplace.

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6 People Killed in London High-Rise Blaze

Posted: 07/03/2009 - Six people, including a 3-week-old baby, were killed and 30 people had to be rescued when fire ripped through a high-rise apartment building in London on Friday, emergency services said.

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Venezuelan Official: Radio Licenses to be Revoked

Posted: 07/03/2009 - The head of Venezuela's telecommunications regulatory agency said Friday that 240 radio stations will have their licenses revoked for failing to update their registrations with the government.

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SKorea Says NKorea Fires 2 Missiles Off East Coast

Posted: 07/03/2009 - North Korea fired two missiles off its eastern coast Saturday, South Korea said, in yet another provocative move after the U.N. imposed sanctions on the communist regime for its May nuclear test.

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Amnesty Accuses Israel, Hamas of Gaza War Crimes

Posted: 07/02/2009 - Amnesty International accused Israel and Palestinian militants of war crimes Thursday in the most comprehensive report on the recent Gaza war. Both sides rejected the findings.

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Court Decriminalizes Gay Sex in Indian Capital

Posted: 07/02/2009 - New Delhi's gay community celebrated a landmark court ruling Thursday that decriminalizes homosexuality - a decision that could end widespread police harassment and be a harbinger for gradual acceptance for homosexuals across this deeply conservative country.

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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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