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Number of Kills in Canadian Seal Hunt Drops

Posted: 06/18/2009 - The global recession, plummeting pelt prices and the prospect of a European ban on seal products dramatically lowered the number of seals killed in this year's hunt, Canadian officials said Thursday.

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Mexico Drug Charges Against 7 Mayors, 20 Officials

Posted: 06/18/2009 - Mexico levied organized crime and drug charges Thursday against seven mayors, the former state attorney general and 19 other officials in the western state of Michoacan for allegedly aiding a drug cartel.

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US Boosts Hawaii Defense to Counter N. Korea Threat

Posted: 06/18/2009 - The United States has deployed anti-missile defenses around Hawaii amid reports that North Korea may fire its most advanced ballistic missile toward the U.S. islands early next month, adding to already high tensions in the region.

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Bermuda Premier won't Resign over Gitmo Fight

Posted: 06/18/2009 - Bermuda Premier Ewart Brown said Thursday he expects to weather a looming no-confidence vote over his decision to accept four Guantanamo prisoners as refugees in the British territory.

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UN Envoy: Colombia Army Kills many Innocents

Posted: 06/18/2009 - Hundreds of innocent civilians have been slain by Colombian soldiers and falsely identified as guerrillas killed in combat as part of a "more or less" systematic practice by "significant elements" of the military, a U.N. human rights investigator said Thursday.

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Hundreds of Thousands Stage Somber Rally in Iran

Posted: 06/18/2009 - Hundreds of thousands of protesters dressed in black and green flooded the streets of Tehran on Thursday in a somber, candlelit show of defiance and mourning for those killed in clashes after Iran's disputed presidential election.

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Indian Leader Calls for End to Protests in Peru

Posted: 06/18/2009 - A top Indian leader has called off anti-government protests in Peru's Amazon after Congress revoked two decrees that indigenous groups believe would spur oil and gas development on their lands.

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Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Iran, Mourn Dead

Posted: 06/18/2009 - Hundreds of thousands of protesters wearing black and carrying candles filled the streets of Tehran again Thursday, joining opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi to mourn demonstrators killed in clashes over Iran's disputed election.

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Death Toll from Mine Blast in Indonesia Reaches 31

Posted: 06/17/2009 - The death toll from an explosion at a coal mine believed triggered by a gas leak rose to 31 after rescuers unearthed more bodies Wednesday, officials said. Rescuers pulled out 14 burned bodies from narrow paths inside the 300-foot (100-meter) -deep mine on Wednesday and were searching for one more miner thought to be buried inside, said local police Chief Yasman Esha.

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India Says its Ready to Talk Peace with Pakistan

Posted: 06/17/2009 - India's prime minister said Wednesday that his country is again ready to talk peace with Pakistan following a six-month freeze between the nuclear-armed rivals in the wake of last year's terror attack in Mumbai.

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Austria: Man Convicted of Glorifying Nazi Ideas

Posted: 06/17/2009 - An Austrian court has convicted a man of glorifying Nazi ideology and sentenced him to two years in prison. The court in the southern city of Klagenfurt found the 85-year-old man, who was not identified, guilty Wednesday of "re-engaging" in Nazi-era beliefs.

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Canada Avoids Summer Election

Posted: 06/17/2009 - Canada's prime minister reached a deal Wednesday with one of three opposition parties allowing him to avoid early elections.

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Court: No Extradition for Alleged Rebel Jailer

Posted: 06/17/2009 - Colombia's Supreme Court is denying Washington's request to extradite a leftist rebel accused of holding captive three U.S. military contractors. Court president Augusto Ibanez says the request was denied Wednesday because the three Americans were taken in Colombian territory.

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Arabs Largely Silent on Iran Election and Unrest

Posted: 06/17/2009 - Key Arab nations have kept silent about Iran's political upheaval, possibly reluctant to antagonize the powerful nation that sponsors such militant groups as Hezbollah and Hamas. But there are signs the young and reform-minded have been inspired by the mass protests that followed the disputed election. "It makes me feel so jealous," said Abdelmonem Ibrahim, a young pro-reform Brotherhood activist in Egypt.

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Mexico: Almost 1 Ton of Cocaine Found in Sharks

Posted: 06/17/2009 - Mexico says it found nearly one ton of cocaine hidden inside frozen shark carcasses. Prosecutors says hundreds of packages stuffed in the bellies of dozens of dead sharks seized in the Gulf port of Progreso contained 1,965 pounds (893 kilograms) of cocaine.

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Australia Will Appeal Sentence in Honeymoon Death

Posted: 06/17/2009 - Australian prosecutors said Thursday they will appeal for stronger punishment for an American man who was sentenced to serve one year in prison for manslaughter in the death of his wife during a honeymoon scuba diving trip.

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Iran Accuses US Of Role In Election Crisis

Posted: 06/17/2009 - Iran directly accused the United States of meddling in the deepening crisis over a disputed presidential election and broadened its media clampdown Wednesday to include blogs and news Web sites. But protesters took to the streets in growing defiance of the country's Islamic rulers.

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Rights Groups: Reformists Seized In Iran Crackdown

Posted: 06/17/2009 - International human rights organizations said Wednesday that many prominent activists and politicians have been arrested in response to protests over the Iran's disputed election.

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Killing of US Soldier Casts Light on Mosul Police

Posted: 06/17/2009 - A police investigation of two of their own in the killing of an American soldier and his interpreter is seen as a test of Mosul's police force - the weakest link among Iraqi security forces about to take the lead in protecting the country's most violent city.

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The Pirate Bay helps Iran Critics Dodge Censorship

Posted: 06/17/2009 - Popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay said Wednesday it has helped launch an Internet network in support of Iranian election critics allowing users to dodge the regime's censorship rules by surfing anonymously.

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Hamas Rejects Carter Plea to Recognize Israel

Posted: 06/17/2009 - A senior Hamas official praised former President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday, a day after he met with the group, but said he failed to persuade the Islamic rulers of Gaza to accept international demands, including recognizing Israel.

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