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Egypt lawmakers defy ban as political heat rises

Posted: 07/10/2012 - Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament opened a new front in the country's leadership showdowns Tuesday by meeting in defiance of orders that disbanded the chamber

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EU extends Spain's deficit timeline by 1 year

Posted: 07/10/2012 - The EU worked towards stabilizing Spain's finances Tuesday as it backed up the blueprint for the country's €100 billion bank bailout plan with plans to grant the country an extra year to cut its budget deficit.

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Judge OKs rooftop missiles during London Olympics

Posted: 07/10/2012 - The defense ministry says the missiles, capable of shooting down a hijacked aircraft, are a key piece in the elaborate jigsaw of security for the London Olympics, which start July 27.

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Arafat's widow wants French probe into his death

Posted: 07/10/2012 - The widow of Yasser Arafat will file a legal complaint in France asking authorities to investigate her husband's death, about which she has recently raised new suspicions, her lawyer said Tuesday.

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Inmates in Brazilian jail cycle to freedom

Posted: 07/10/2012 - Brazilian inmate Ronaldo da Silva was making an escape of a sort as he hopped on a bicycle and pedaled furiously, clocking up several miles (kilometers) before jumping off.

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Mexico's old ruling party falls short of majority

Posted: 07/10/2012 - The Institutional Revolutionary Party, which held Mexico's presidency for 71 years, has been declared the winner of the July 1 presidential elections, marking its first return to the presidency since 2000.

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Egypt's top court says ruling on parliament final

Posted: 07/09/2012 - Egypt's highest court insisted Monday that its ruling that led to the dissolution of the Islamist-dominated parliament was final and binding, setting up a showdown with the country's newly elected president.

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Greece: Deputy minister quits over debt talks

Posted: 07/09/2012 - A deputy labor minister resigned on Monday from Greece's new coalition government, saying it should have pressed harder to renegotiate the terms of the country's bailout agreements.

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North Korean woman at Kim's side sparks curiosity

Posted: 07/09/2012 - A mysterious young woman appearing at the side of North Korea's new leader is the subject of speculation she could be Kim Jong Un's younger sister or even wife, but Pyongyang has released no details.

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Verdict near in trial of Israeli ex-premier

Posted: 07/09/2012 - An Israeli court will deliver a verdict Tuesday in the corruption trial of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, capping a five-year saga that has plunged the country into uncharted legal waters.

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52 Cambodia deaths tied to common child illness

Posted: 07/09/2012 - A deadly form of a common childhood illness has been linked to many of the mysterious child deaths in Cambodia that caused alarm, health officials said Monday.

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Art historians claim to find new Caravaggio works

Posted: 07/06/2012 - It was not possible to immediately evaluate the claim Thursday by Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz and Adriana Conconi Fedrigolli on the eve of the publication of two ebooks laying out their case.

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Hong Kong customs seizes $98M worth of cocaine

Posted: 07/06/2012 - Hong Kong customs officers announced Friday that they have made the city's biggest ever cocaine bust, seizing 649 kilograms (1,430 pounds) of the drug worth 76 million Hong Kong dollars ($98 million).

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Diplomats press Assad, top Syrian general defects

Posted: 07/06/2012 - The United States and its international partners called Friday for global sanctions against Bashar Assad's regime, seeking to step up the pressure to the Syrian leader.

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