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NKorea Warns of 'Fire Shower of Nuclear' Attack

Posted: 06/24/2009 - North Korea condemned a recent U.S. pledge to provide nuclear defense of South Korea, saying Thursday that the move boosts its justification to have atomic bombs and invites a potential "fire shower of nuclear retaliation."

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US Drone Attack Claims 80 Lives in Pakistan

Posted: 06/24/2009 - What appeared to be the deadliest U.S. missile attack ever on Pakistani soil brought an unusual reaction Wednesday in a country that has previously denounced such strikes as an affront to its sovereignty - silence.

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Iran Police Swiftly Crush Protest

Posted: 06/24/2009 - A flood of security forces using tear gas and clubs quickly overwhelmed a small group of rock-throwing protesters near Iran's parliament Wednesday, and the country's supreme leader said the outcome of the disputed presidential election will stand - the latest signs of the government's growing confidence in quelling unrest on the streets.

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Russia's Medvedev Heads to Nigeria

Posted: 06/24/2009 - Russia's president said Wednesday his nation's investment in Nigeria could stretch into the billions of dollars, as the two nations signed deals on nuclear energy, gas and oil exploration in Africa largest oil producer.

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Can Italian Premier Survive Latest Scandal?

Posted: 06/24/2009 - Silvio Berlusconi has survived corruption allegations, a playboy reputation and his wife's wrath to become Italy's longest-serving prime minister. Now come allegations from a high-end prostitute that she spent the night at his residence and can prove it.

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Poor Nations Ask Rich for Bailout From Crisis

Posted: 06/24/2009 - African, Asian and Caribbean countries complained Wednesday that the global economic crisis which they didn't cause was devastating their countries and urged the rich nations responsible for the meltdown to bail them out.

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Netanyahu Meeting Called Off with US Mideast Envoy

Posted: 06/24/2009 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting in Paris with the top U.S. Mideast envoy has been called off in an apparent sign of growing friction over President Barack Obama's call for a halt to construction in Jewish settlements.

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Federal Prosecutors Take over Fire Probe in Mexico

Posted: 06/24/2009 - Mexico's government on Wednesday took over the entire investigation into a fire at a day care center that killed 47 children, citing squabbling between state and federal officials over the probe.

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U.S.-Trained Palestinian Force is Keen for Action

Posted: 06/24/2009 - In the live-fire exercise, everything was carefully choreographed - Palestinian commandos, faces blackened, stormed a hide-out in an abandoned building, "wounded" one gunman and "arrested" a second.

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Mexico President Says Future of Democracy at Stake

Posted: 06/24/2009 - President Felipe Calderon said Wednesday the future of Mexican democracy is at stake in the government's fight against official corruption and organized crime, and he criticized politicians who he said want to return to the era when gangs were tolerated.

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Venezuela, US Move to Restore Expelled Ambassadors

Posted: 06/24/2009 - Venezuela and the United States said Wednesday they will restore their ambassadors more than nine months after President Hugo Chavez expelled the U.S. envoy in his final diplomatic bout with the Bush administration.

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Iran Police Swiftly Crush Protest

Posted: 06/24/2009 - A flood of security forces using tear gas and clubs quickly overwhelmed a small group of rock-throwing protesters near Iran's parliament Wednesday, and the country's supreme leader said the outcome of the disputed presidential election will stand - the latest signs of the government's growing confidence in quelling unrest on the streets.

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Kim Jong Il Puts Son as Head of Spy Agency

Posted: 06/23/2009 - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has put his youngest son in charge of the country's spy agency in a move aimed at handing the communist regime over to him, a news report said Wednesday.

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Serb Convicted for Killing of Croatian POWs

Posted: 06/23/2009 - Serbia's war crimes court convicted a Croatian Serb on Tuesday for his role in the 1991 torture and killing of 200 Croatian prisoners at a pig farm during the Balkan conflicts.

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Amid Jewish Revival, Poland Gets Openly Gay Rabbi

Posted: 06/23/2009 - When Rabbi Aaron Katz walks the streets of Warsaw's former Jewish quarter, scenes of that lost world fill his imagination: Families headed to synagogue, women in their kitchens cooking Sabbath meals, his father as a boy with the sidecurls of an Orthodox Jew.

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Replica of Letter on Henry VIII Divorce Unveiled

Posted: 06/23/2009 - Officials on Tuesday unveiled a replica of a 1530 parchment sent by members of England's House of Lords to Pope Clement VII to support the divorce of King Henry VIII.

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Senior Saudi Prince Supports Women's Sports

Posted: 06/23/2009 - Appealing to a powerful Saudi prince, an 8-year-old girl asked why she was not allowed to play sports in school like boys. She got an unexpected response: The prince said he hoped government schools for girls would allow playing fields.

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Most Romanians Intimidated in Belfast Leaving City

Posted: 06/23/2009 - More than 100 Romanian Gypsies who suffered racist attacks and intimidation in Belfast are being flown back home at taxpayer expense, the Northern Ireland government said Tuesday.

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Israel Releases Senior Hamas Lawmaker

Posted: 06/23/2009 - Israel on Tuesday freed the most senior of dozens of Hamas politicians in custody, prompting speculation it was a prelude to a deal for the release of an Israeli soldier held by Palestinians for three years.

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Paraguay Woman Says Lugo Raped Her in '01

Posted: 06/23/2009 - A woman who claims that Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo is the father of her son on Tuesday accused the former Roman Catholic bishop of raping her in their first sexual encounter.

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Venezuela to Deport Top Italian Mafia Suspect

Posted: 06/23/2009 - A convicted European drug trafficker dubbed the "Mafia's foreign minister" will be deported to Italy after his capture in Caracas in a joint operation by Venezuelan and Italian police, authorities said Tuesday.

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Italy's Berlusconi Denies He Paid Women

Updated: 06/23/2009 - Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has told a gossip magazine he has never paid a woman for sex, as he continues to be dogged by suspicions stemming from his purported fondness for young models and starlets.

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