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Korea Preparing Satellite Launch

Posted: 02/23/2009 - North Korea said Tuesday it is preparing to shoot a satellite into orbit, its clearest reference yet to an impending launch that neighbors and the U.S. suspect will be a provocative test of a long-range missile.

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Death Toll in Australia Wildfire Rises Amid New Warnings

Posted: 02/23/2009 - Officials warned Tuesday the wildfires that devastated southern Australia this month could flare anew when high winds and hot temperatures sweep the region later this week, and raised the death toll from the blazes to 210.

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Gas Blast Kills 74 in Northern China Coal Mine

Posted: 02/22/2009 - China's official news agency says all the miners who had been trapped in a deadly coal mine explosion have been found. It's not clear if all the bodies have been recovered.

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Army charity hoards millions

Updated: 02/22/2009 - As soldiers stream home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the biggest charity inside the U.S. military has been stockpiling tens of millions of dollars meant to help put returning fighters back on their feet, an Associated Press investigation shows.

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Guantanamo Inmate Release Due Monday

Posted: 02/22/2009 - A human rights lawyer says former British resident Binyam Mohamed is due to be released from Guantanamo Bay on Monday.

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Explosion in Cairo Bazaar Kills 1, Injures 21

Posted: 02/22/2009 - An explosion ripped into a famed bazaar in medieval Cairo on Sunday, killing a French woman and wounding at least 21 people - most of them foreigners - the government said. It was the first attack on tourists in Egypt in three years.

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11 Killed in Attack on Peacekeepers in Somalia

Posted: 02/22/2009 - An attack on an African Union peacekeeping base in the Somali capital Sunday killed 11 people, the AU said, but it denied insurgent claims of a suicide attack.

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Colombia Spy Chief Probes Alleged Wiretapping

Posted: 02/21/2009 - Colombia's new domestic spy chief said Saturday that he is probing allegations his agency eavesdropped on Supreme Court judges, rominent journalists and opposition leaders.

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Clinton and China Foreign Minister Talk Economy, Climate Change

Posted: 02/20/2009 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese officials agreed Saturday (China time) to focus their governments' efforts on stabilizing the battered global economy and combating climate change, putting aside long-standing concerns about human rights.

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Five Dead in Egypt Plane Fire

Posted: 02/19/2009 - An official in Egypt's aviation authority says 5 crew members of a Ukrainian cargo aircraft have been killed as fire swept through their plane on the tarmac in the southern city of Luxor.

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Australia Could See New Rules About Safe Cigarettes

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Australian officials said Friday they want to fast-track rules making cigarettes less likely to ignite fires as part of the government's response to this month's wildfires that killed at least 209 people.

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Six Dead in Pakistan Bombing

Posted: 02/19/2009 - A bomb tore through a huge funeral procession for a slain Shiite Muslim leader in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least six people and wounding several more, police said.

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5.5 Quake Hits Kashmir

Posted: 02/19/2009 - A moderate 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Himalayan region of Kashmir on Friday (Kashmir time).

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President Obama Visits Canada

Posted: 02/19/2009 - President Barack Obama courted warmer relations with America's snowy northern neighbor Thursday, declining to ask war-weary Canada to do more in Afghanistan, promising he won't allow a protectionist creep into U.S. trade policy and talking reassuringly around thorny energy issues.

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Immigration Numbers From Mexico Drop

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Net migration from Mexico, mainly to the United States, plunged by more than 50 percent in late 2008 compared to a year earlier as fewer Mexicans left their country in search of work, the government said Thursday.

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At Least One Dead in Bangladesh Ferry Crash

Posted: 02/18/2009 - A small ferry packed with about 60 people capsized in southern Bangladesh early Thursday after it was rammed from behind by a sand-laden trawler, killing at least one person, police said.

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Growth In Eastern Europe Now A Dream Deferred

Posted: 02/18/2009 - The financial crisis has tightened its grip anew on eastern Europe, bringing the ex-communist countries' once-high flying economies to a standstill - and putting on hold dreams of catching up with the richer nations of western Europe.

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