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US, Iraq Renovating Looted Baghdad Amusement Park

Posted: 06/22/2009 - American and Iraqi officials began the renovation of a popular amusement park Monday on an island north of Baghdad that was looted after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The 150-acre (60-hectare) Tigris River complex, which was based on a design by Frank Lloyd Wright, was a popular site for weddings and other celebrations. It was devastated by looting after the invasion.

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Iranian Police Use Force to Break Up Protest

Updated: 06/22/2009 - Riot police attacked hundreds of demonstrators with tear gas and fired live bullets in the air to disperse a rally in central Tehran Monday, carrying out a threat by the country's most powerful security force to crush any further opposition protests over the disputed presidential election.

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Iranian Police use Force to Break up Protest

Posted: 06/22/2009 - Riot police attacked hundreds of demonstrators with tear gas and fired live bullets in the air to disperse a rally in central Tehran Monday, carrying out a threat by the country's most powerful security force to crush any further opposition protests over the disputed presidential election.

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Brazil Identifies 11 Bodies From Air France Jet

Posted: 06/21/2009 - Medical examiners have identified the first 11 of 50 bodies recovered from the Air France flight that plunged into the Atlantic three weeks ago, officials said Sunday.

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Chaplain Dies 5 Years After Being Wounded in Iraq

Posted: 06/21/2009 - The Rev. Tim Vakoc, a Minnesota priest who was gravely wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq five years ago, has died, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Sunday. He was 49.

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Government Asks to Dismiss Geronimo Lawsuit

Posted: 06/21/2009 - The U.S. Justice Department is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by descendants of Apache leader Geronimo, whose remains were purported to be stolen by members of a secret society at Yale University.

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Dead Sea Peril: Sinkholes Swallow Up the Unwary

Posted: 06/21/2009 - Eli Raz was peering into a narrow hole in the Dead Sea shore when the earth opened up and swallowed him. Fearing he would never be found alive in the 10-meter-(30 foot-) deep pit, he scribbled his will on an old postcard.

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Media Watchdog Says 23 Reporters Arrested

Posted: 06/21/2009 - A media watchdog group says Iranian authorities have arrested 23 journalists and bloggers since post-election protests began a week ago, including the head of the Association of Iranian Journalists.

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12 Students Home from China After Swine Flu Scare

Posted: 06/21/2009 - A dozen Pacific Ridge School teachers and students have returned to California after people they were traveling with tested positive for swine flu during a trip to China.

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Truck Bomb Kills More than 60 in Northern Iraq

Posted: 06/20/2009 - A truck bomb exploded as worshippers left a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq on Saturday, killing at least 63 people and wounding nearly 200 in the deadliest bombing in nearly two months

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A Glance at the New Acropolis Museum

Posted: 06/20/2009 - Greece's new Acropolis Museum opens to the public on Sunday. Here are some facts and figures about the museum.

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US, Regional Powers May Meet on North Korea Next Month

Posted: 06/19/2009 - The U.S., South Korea, China, Russia and Japan may hold talks next month on neutralizing North Korea's rogue nuclear program after the secretive regime laid abruptly ended a formal six-nation disarmament dialogue by conducting an atomic test, an official said Saturday.

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Study: Weather Helped to Clean Air for Olympics

Posted: 06/19/2009 - Beijing's notoriously dirty air got cleaner during last summer's Olympic Games, but the weather played a larger role than the government's massive pollution control measures, a new report says.

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Haitian TV Airs Footage of Confrontation with UN

Posted: 06/19/2009 - A Haitian television station broadcast video Friday that provided new details on a deadly confrontation between U.N. peacekeepers and mourners for a popular priest allied with former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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Mexican Gunmen stop Ambulance, Kill Paient Inside

Posted: 06/19/2009 - Gunmen tossed a grenade at an ambulance and then opened its doors to kill a patient inside who had narrowly survived an earlier shooting in a drug cartel-plagued Mexican state Friday. Paramedics ran for their lives during the attack.

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Israel: Palestinians use Settlements as Excuse

Posted: 06/19/2009 - Israel's foreign minister said Friday he believes the U.S. and Israel will resolve their differences over Jewish settlements, and accused the Palestinians of using the issue to avoid peace talks.

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Iran Protester: People want New Election

Posted: 06/18/2009 - Today most of the people wore black. It was a largely silent protest, very few people were chanting. People had green headbands and armbands, or scarves.

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Official: World's Oldest Man Dies at 113

Posted: 06/18/2009 - Tomoji Tanabe, the world's oldest man, died in his sleep at his home in southern Japan on Friday, a city official said. He was 113.

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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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