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Australian Fire Zone A Crime Scene; 135 Killed

Posted: 02/09/2009 - Police declared incinerated towns crime scenes Monday, and Australia's prime minister spoke of mass murder after investigators said arsonists may have set some of the country's worst wildfires in history. The death toll rose to 135.

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56-Year-Old Becomes 1st Woman To Swim Atlantic

Posted: 02/07/2009 - Jennifer Figge pressed her toes into the Caribbean sand, exhilarated and exhausted as she touched land this week for the first time in almost a month.

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Wildfires Kill at Least 14 in Australia

Posted: 02/07/2009 - Raging wildfires swept through southeastern Australia on Saturday as gale force winds and scorching temperatures combined into a deadly inferno that killed at least 14 people, officials said.

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Iraq: National Olympic Committee Election Date Set

Posted: 02/06/2009 - Elections for a new National Olympic Committee for Iraq will be held March 14, a spokesman said Friday, capping a monthslong drama that nearly prevented the country from competing in the Beijing Games.

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Georgia: 27 Russian jets sent to Abkhazia

Updated: 02/06/2009 - Georgia's foreign minister on Friday accused Russia of sending more than two dozen fighter jets to a base in the breakaway region of Abkhazia.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Expects Faster US Pullout

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Iraq's prime minister said Monday he believes the U.S. will withdraw its troops more quickly than the three-year timeline set down in a U.S.-Iraq security agreement. The U.S., meanwhile, suffered its biggest single loss of life in months when two helicopters crashed, killing four service members.

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China's Year of the Ox Not So Bullish

Posted: 01/26/2009 - China welcomed the arrival Monday of the Year of the Ox with fireworks-filled celebrations, but the country's economic worries have already cast the new year in a more sober light.

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Belgian Day Care Suspect Linked to 4th Slaying

Posted: 01/26/2009 - The thin, young suspect with the enigmatic smile who is charged with three killings in Belgium's day care massacre was linked Monday to a fourth slaying - the slashing death of a 73-year-old grandmother on a remote farm.

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3 dead, 12 Wounded in Belgian Day Care Stabbings

Posted: 01/23/2009 - A young man with a gruesomely painted black-and-white face went on a rampage at a Belgian day care center Friday, stabbing two babies and a female worker to death and seriously wounding 12 others.

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Australian Rescuers Try to Save 7 Beached Whales

Posted: 01/23/2009 - Rescuers trying to keep seven stranded sperm whales alive in Australia said they were having difficulty navigating numerous sandbars Friday but hoped to move the animals out to sea at the next high tide.

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3 Dead, 12 Wounded At Day Care Center

Posted: 01/23/2009 - A man went on a rampage at a Belgian day care center Friday, stabbing two young children and a female worker to death and slashing 12 others all over their bodies, officials said.

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Japan Sends Satellite into Space to Monitor Greenhouse Gas

Posted: 01/22/2009 - Japan fired the world's first greenhouse-gas monitoring satellite into space Friday, a launch deemed crucial in the country's quest to compete globally in putting commercial satellites into orbit.

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Suspect in London Bombing Arrested

Posted: 01/21/2009 - Two Pakistani security officials say police have arrested an al-Qaida suspect who was allegedly linked the 2005 bombings of London's transit system.

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Militants Killed in Afghanistan Clashes

Posted: 01/19/2009 - The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan says 22 militants have been killed and 11 others detained during a series of clashes throughout the country.

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Toyota to Announce New President

Posted: 01/19/2009 - Toyota says it is announcing a new president Tuesday as it hopes to ride out the biggest crisis in its history.

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South African Miners Rescued From Underground

Posted: 01/18/2009 - Some 167 workers trapped in a gold mine for more than 24 hours were safely brought to the surface late Sunday, the South African Press Association reported.

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Israel Declares Unilateral Gaza Cease-Fire

Posted: 01/17/2009 - Israel declared a unilateral cease-fire Saturday in its 22-day offensive that turned Gaza neighborhoods into battlegrounds and dealt a stinging blow to the Islamic militants of Hamas.

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Embassy Bomb Blast Kills U.S. Troups

Updated: 01/18/2009 - The U.S. military says a suicide car bomb attack on a heavily guarded road between the German Embassy and a U.S. military base in Kabul has killed two U.S. service members and wounded 12.

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Gaza War Doctor Grieves 3 Daughters

Posted: 01/16/2009 - The Palestinian doctor provided Israeli TV viewers with regular updates on Gaza fighting's human toll. But Friday's report was different - with sobs he told how his three daughters and a niece were killed by an Israeli shell.

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