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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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Mauritania: Detained Islamists Killed American

Posted: 07/18/2009 - Mauritania's state security chief says two men detained in a late-night shootout in the capital are part of an al-Qaida-linked terror cell that killed an American citizen last month.

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Sri Lanka Keeps Refugees in Camp That Aid Built

Posted: 07/18/2009 - In just six months, one of the world's largest camps for war refugees has been carved out of the jungles of northern Sri Lanka, complete with banks, post offices, schools and a supermarket. But no one is allowed out, and hardly anyone is allowed in.

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Italian Freed in Philippines Returns Home

Posted: 07/18/2009 - An Italian aid worker held captive in the Philippine jungle for six months by al-Qaida-linked militants returned home to celebrations in his small Tuscan town on Saturday.

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Witness at Italy Trial Challenges DNA Evidence

Posted: 07/18/2009 - News agencies are reporting that a coroner has challenged DNA evidence linking an Italian to the 2007 killing of a British student in the central Italian town of Perugia.

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Mudslide Swallows House in Germany, 3 Missing

Posted: 07/18/2009 - A mudslide undermined a house and buried it in a crater along a lake shore in central Germany on Saturday. Three people who lived in it were missing.

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MSF: AIDS Drug Shortage Threatens Africa

Posted: 07/18/2009 - Doctors Without Borders warned on Saturday that a chronic shortage of drugs to treat AIDS in six African countries could cost thousands of lives and reverse progress made on the continent most afflicted by the disease.

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Correa: Video Linking Him to Rebels 'A Sham'

Posted: 07/18/2009 - Ecuador's President Rafael Correa on Saturday dismissed as a "sham" a newly released video in which a Colombian rebel commander discusses contributing dollars to Correa's 2006 election campaign.

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Lebanese Stone UN Peacekeepers, Injure 14

Posted: 07/18/2009 - Villagers threw stones at U.N. peacekeeping troops in southern Lebanon Saturday, lightly injuring 14 soldiers, in an attempt to prevent an investigation near the site of a recent explosion, a spokeswoman said.

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China Says Police Killed 12 in Urumqi Rioting

Posted: 07/18/2009 - Chinese police killed 12 people during July 5 rioting in the western city of Urumqi, a senior official said - a rare acknowledgment by the government that security forces opened fire in the worst ethnic clashes to hit the region in decades.

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Negotiator: Zelaya's Side Accepts Honduran Plan

Posted: 07/18/2009 - A negotiator for ousted President Manuel Zelaya says his side has accepted in principle the points proposed by a mediator to end the Honduras coup crisis.

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AP Sources: Taliban Video Shows Captive US Soldier

Posted: 07/18/2009 - The American soldier who went missing June 30 from his base in eastern Afghanistan and was later confirmed captured, appeared on a video posted Saturday to a web site by the Taliban, two U.S. defense officials confirmed.

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Obama Offers Support to Indonesia's President

Posted: 07/18/2009 - President Barack Obama has called Indonesia's leader to express support for the Indonesian government and people after suicide attacks at two hotels killed seven people.

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Woman Dies on Tour When Hit By Police Motorcycle

Posted: 07/18/2009 - A woman crossing the road during the Tour de France was killed Saturday when she was hit by a police motorcycle escorting riders. Two other fans were injured after the motorcycle skidded into them.

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168 Killed in Iran Plane Crash

Posted: 07/15/2009 - A Russian-made Iranian passenger plane carrying 168 people crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday, smashing into a field northwest of the capital and shattering into flaming pieces. All on board were killed in Iran's worst air disaster in six years, officials said.

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Oldest Woman to Give Birth Dies, Leaving Twins

Posted: 07/15/2009 - A Spanish woman who deceived a U.S. fertility clinic about her age and become the oldest woman to give birth has died at 69, leaving behind 2-year-old twins, newspapers reported Wednesday.

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