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Pirates Seize Belgian Ship; NATO Frees 20 Hostages

Posted: 04/18/2009 - Somali pirates attacked two ships off the Horn of Africa on Saturday, capturing a Belgian dredger and its 10-man crew. NATO forces intervened in the other assault, chasing the pirates down and freeing 20 fisherman on a Yemeni dhow

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Iraqi Forces Conduct Seep in Fallujah

Posted: 04/18/2009 - Iraqi forces launched raids Saturday into an industrial zone in Fallujah where authorities fear Sunni insurgents could be seeking to regain footholds in areas they once controlled.

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Mudslide Hits Peru

Posted: 04/17/2009 - Peruvian officials say 13 farmers escaped unharmed from a mudslide in rural Peru, leaving just one person unaccounted for.

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Fatal Mexico Bus Crash

Posted: 04/17/2009 - Mexican police say two buses collided head-on in the southern state of Chiapas, killing at least 19 people.

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North Korea Angry Over U.S. Response to Rocket Launch

Posted: 04/17/2009 - U.S. monitors of North Korea's nuclear program left the communist nation after the regime ordered them out and vowed to restart its reactor in anger over U.N. criticism of its recent rocket launch.

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Obama, Chavez Shake Hands

Posted: 04/17/2009 - Presidents Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's socialist leader, met Friday and shook hands on the sidelines of a summit of their hemisphere's democracies.

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Deadly Blast in China

Posted: 04/17/2009 - A warehouse explosion killed 18 people and injured six at a coal mine in central China, state television said Saturday.

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No Major Damage in Chili Quake

Posted: 04/16/2009 - A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Chile late Thursday, but authorities reported there were no victims or damage.

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President Obama Meets With Mexico President

Posted: 04/16/2009 - Confronting a Mexican drug war that is "sowing chaos in our communities," President Barack Obama signaled Thursday he will not seek renewal of a U.S. assault weapons ban but instead will step up enforcement of laws banning the transfer of such guns across the border.

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Drive-By Attack Over "Shirt" Protest

Posted: 04/16/2009 - The founder of Thailand's "yellow shirt" protest movement that shut down Bangkok airports last year was shot and wounded in a drive-by attack Friday, just days after troops cracked down on rioting protesters from the rival, anti-government "red shirt" group.

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Killer Quake Rocks Afghanistan

Posted: 04/16/2009 - Two earthquakes shook eastern Afghanistan early Friday, killing at least 19 people and destroying dozens of homes, officials said.

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Iraq Study: Executions Are Leading Cause Of Death

Posted: 04/15/2009 - Execution-style killings, not headline-grabbing bombings, have been the leading cause of death among civilians in the Iraq war, a study released Wednesday shows.

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Egypt To Search 3 Sites For Cleopatra's Tomb

Posted: 04/15/2009 - Archaeologists will begin excavating sites in Egypt next week in an attempt to solve a mystery that has stymied historians for hundreds of years: Where is the final resting place of doomed lovers Cleopatra and Mark Antony?

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Somali Pirates Hold Many Hostages For Months

Posted: 04/15/2009 - For 23 Phillipine hostages being held by Somalian pirates, a military rescue like the one that freed American Capt. Richard Phillips is unlikely.

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Mauritania Coup Leader Cedes Power To Seek Office

Posted: 04/15/2009 - The leader of a coup that ousted Mauritania's elected government gave up power Wednesday, freeing him to seek the presidency in balloting aimed at returning civilian rule.

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Most-Wanted Colombia Drug Lord Caught 'Like A Dog'

Posted: 04/15/2009 - Colombia's most wanted drug lord was cowering like a dog under a palm tree when he was captured Wednesday in a jungle raid involving hundreds of police officers, the defense minister said.

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Somali Pirates On Hijack Spree Since Weekend

Posted: 04/14/2009 - Somali pirates were back to business as usual Tuesday, defiantly seizing four more ships with 60 hostages after U.S. sharpshooters rescued an American freighter captain. "No one can deter us," one bandit boasted.

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Kerry: Pakistan Needs More Urgency In Terror Fight

Posted: 04/14/2009 - A top U.S. senator on Tuesday urged Pakistan to "ratchet up" its sense of urgency in battling the spreading militancy in its northwest, even as the government defended a deal to impose Islamic law in a swath of the region to achieve peace with the Taliban.

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Mexican Detained With Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun

Posted: 04/14/2009 - Mexican authorities arrested a woman guarding an arsenal that included the first anti-aircraft machine gun seized in Mexico, police said Tuesday, as the army announced the capture of an alleged top drug cartel lieutenant.

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North Korea Says It Will Boycott Six-Party Nuclear Talks

Posted: 04/13/2009 - North Korea vowed Tuesday to restore nuclear facilities it has been disabling and boycott international talks on its atomic weapons program to protest the U.N. Security Council's condemnation of the country's rocket launch.

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Asian Stocks Mostly Higher But Caution Lingers

Posted: 04/13/2009 - Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as investors weighed surprisingly strong earnings from U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs against more signs of weakness from the region's economies and companies.

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Obama Vows To Fight Piracy After Captain's Rescue

Posted: 04/13/2009 - President Barack Obama vowed Monday "to halt the rise of piracy," while shipmates of the rescued American freighter captain called for tough action against Somali bandits who are preying on one of the world's busiest sea routes.

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IRA Dissidents Threaten Top Sinn Fein Politician

Posted: 04/12/2009 - Irish Republican Army dissidents threatened Sunday to kill top Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness and resume attacks in England as part of their efforts to wreck the IRA cease-fire and Northern Ireland power-sharing.

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