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North Korean Threatens US, South Korean Shipping

Posted: 05/27/2009 - North Korea threatened military strikes on U.S. and South Korean ships and renounced a 1953 truce halting the Korean War fighting - an escalation of tensions in the wake of Pyongyang's nuclear test.

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Diplomat: Expanded NKorea Sanctions Proposed

Posted: 05/27/2009 - Key world powers have proposed a range of expanded U.N. sanctions against North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test as well as measures to give teeth to existing ship searches and bans against the reclusive Asian nation, a U.N. diplomat said Wednesday.

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Castro Criticizes Cheney's Defense Of US Methods

Posted: 05/27/2009 - Fidel Castro criticized former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney for defending American interrogation methods against terror suspects, saying in comments published Wednesday that torture should never be used to extract information.

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Pakistan Explosion Leads to Casualties

Posted: 05/26/2009 - A large bomb has exploded in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore and an official says it has caused a large number of casualties.

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Cyclone Alia Death Toll Rises

Posted: 05/26/2009 - Officials say the death toll from Cyclone Aila that battered eastern India and Bangladesh in recent days has risen to at least 159.

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Bolivia Denies Supplying Iran With Uranium

Posted: 05/26/2009 - Bolivia on Tuesday denied supplying uranium to Iran, while Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dismissed Israeli allegations that the two countries have been aiding Tehran's nuclear program.

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Canadian Radio Obama Assassination Joke Criticized

Posted: 05/26/2009 - A broadcast industry council slammed Canada's French-language radio broadcaster for airing a comedy sketch that suggested that Barack Obama would be easy to assassinate because the first black American president would stand out against the White House.

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Report: NKorea Tests Missiles, Restarts Nuke Plant

Posted: 05/26/2009 - North Korea has restarted its weapons-grade nuclear power plant and fired its sixth short-range missile, news reports said Wednesday, in a growing standoff with world powers following its latest nuclear test.

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Brazil Detains Arab Moderating Anti-American Site

Posted: 05/26/2009 - Brazilian authorities detained an Arab who ran a Web site forum that authorities initially suspected could be linked to terrorists and included anti-American statements in Arabic, a prosecutor said Tuesday night.

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Mexico Detains 10 Mayors For Alleged Drug Ties

Posted: 05/26/2009 - Federal forces detained 10 mayors and 18 other officials Tuesday for allegedly protecting one of Mexico's most violent drug cartels in an unprecedented anti-corruption sweep in the Pacific coast state of Michoacan.

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Eight Dead in Turkey Hospital Fire

Posted: 05/25/2009 - The governor of a western Turkish province says eight patients receiving intensive care died of smoke inhalation and other causes after a fire struck a hospital.

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Amazon Hit By Climate Chaos Of Floods, Drought

Posted: 05/25/2009 - Across the Amazon basin, river dwellers are adding new floors to their stilt houses, trying to stay above rising floodwaters that have killed 48 people and left 405,000 homeless.

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Vargas Llosa's Son Detained At Venezuelan Airport

Posted: 05/25/2009 - Peruvian writer and journalist Alvaro Vargas Llosa said that Venezuelan authorities detained him for about two hours Monday after he arrived in Venezuela for an upcoming pro-democracy forum.

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UN Security Council Condemns NKorea Nuke Test

Posted: 05/25/2009 - The U.N. Security Council swiftly condemned North Korea's nuclear test on Monday as "a clear violation" of a 2006 resolution and said it will start work immediately on another one that could result in new sanctions against the reclusive nation.

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CAW Votes To Accept Cost-Cutting Deal With GM

Updated: 05/25/2009 - Canadian Auto Workers members voted 86 percent in favor of a cost-cutting deal with General Motors Canada as the automaker bids to qualify for more government loans and assure its future in Canada.

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SKorea Joins US-Led Anti-Proliferation Program

Posted: 05/25/2009 - South Korea says it will join a U.S.-led initiative stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction, after North Korea carried out its second underground nuclear test.

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Diver Dies Exploring Wreckage of Ship off Greece

Posted: 05/24/2009 - A member of a National Geographic team exploring the wreckage of Britannic, the Titanic's sister ship, in the Aegean Sea died of decompression sickness Sunday, the Merchant Marine Ministry said.

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Facebook Block Ahead of Iran Vote Hampers Youth

Posted: 05/24/2009 - Iran's decision to block access to Facebook- less than three weeks before nationwide elections - drew sharp criticism Sunday from a reformist opposition hoping to mobilize the youth vote and unseat President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Paraguay Bishop-Turned-President: Celibacy Flawed

Posted: 05/24/2009 - Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, who last month admitted fathering a son conceived while he was still a bishop, says celibacy vows taken by Roman Catholic clerics are "imperfect."

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Strong Quake Hits Macedonia Near Greek Border

Posted: 05/24/2009 - A strong earthquake struck southern Macedonia near the Greek border on Sunday night, damaging dozens of homes, an official said. No casualties were immediately reported.

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Passer-By Pushes Suicide Jumper in South China

Posted: 05/23/2009 - Chen Fuchao, a man heavily in debt, had been contemplating suicide on a bridge in southern China for hours when a passer-by came up, shook his hand - and pushed him off the ledge.

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Susan Boyle Gets New Chance to Shine

Posted: 05/23/2009 - Britain's unlikely singing sensation, Susan Boyle, has been voted into the next round of the TV show that propelled her to global fame.

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11 Dead in Brazil Plane Crash

Posted: 05/23/2009 - A twin-engine plane crashed near a private airport in a northeastern coastal Brazil resort area Friday night, killing all 11 people aboard, officials and state media said.

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Former South Korea President Kills Self

Posted: 05/23/2009 - Embattled former President Roh Moo-hyun - a reformist shamed by a corruption scandal that tarnished his image as a "clean" politician - jumped to his death while hiking in the mountains behind his rural home in southern South Korea, his lawyer said.

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