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Ex-NKorean star recalls 'ping pong diplomacy'

Posted: 07/12/2012 - In 1991, the North Korean table tennis star paired with her archrival, South Korea's Hyun Jung-hwa, as part of the first "unified Korea" team to march into international competition wearing the blue flag of the Korean Peninsula.

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China's economic slowdown painful despite stimulus

Posted: 07/12/2012 - From shopkeepers to shipbuilders, some areas are feeling more pain from China's deepest slowdown since the 2008 global crisis than still-robust headline growth of about 8 percent might suggest.

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UK lawmakers ask why Olympics needs more troops

Posted: 07/12/2012 - British lawmakers clamored for an explanation about why the military needs to field more troops to protect the Olympics after a private security contractor that was paid millions to do that failed to recruit enough staff.

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WikiLeaks gets court victory in fight against Visa

Posted: 07/12/2012 - WikiLeaks declared victory in the first round of its campaign against the U.S. financial blockade imposed by Visa and MasterCard after an Icelandic court ordered a local company to resume processingdonations

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Islamists reassure Tunisians of democratic goals

Posted: 07/12/2012 - Tunisia's ruling Islamists are emphasizing their commitment to a civil, democratic state — as opposed to one under hardline religious rule — as they open their first party congress since taking power.

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Palestinian officials hesitant on Arafat autopsy

Posted: 07/12/2012 - In an apparent flip-flop, Palestinian investigators looking into Yasser Arafat's death said Thursday they want to review reports from a Swiss lab before deciding whether to exhume the leader's remains.

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Saudis to send 2 women to London Games

Posted: 07/12/2012 - Olympic officials tell The Associated Press that Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the games for the first time at the London Olympics.

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Opposition: Syria's Iraq ambassador has defected

Posted: 07/11/2012 - The Syrian ambassador to Iraq has defected and will seek asylum in Turkey, the most senior diplomat to abandon the regime since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began 16 months ago

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Suicide attack on Yemen police cadets kills 10

Posted: 07/11/2012 - A suspected al-Qaida suicide bomber detonated his explosives among a crowd of Yemeni police cadets as they were leaving their academy Wednesday, killing at least 10 of them, according to security officials.

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UK: 3,500 more troops assigned to Olympics

Posted: 07/11/2012 - Britain put an extra 3,500 military personnel on standby Wednesday to protect venues at the London Olympics, after a private contractor said it may not be able to provide enough security guards on time.

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Vast wealth didn't shield the Rausings from drugs

Posted: 07/11/2012 - When Eva Rausing approached the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in London's Grosvenor Square four years ago to deal with a routine passport matter, she had to pass through British security.

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In historic visit, Clinton reaches out to Laos

Posted: 07/11/2012 - Clinton met with the communist government's prime minister and foreign minister in the capital of Vientiane on Wednesday, part of a weeklong diplomatic tour of Southeast Asia.

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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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