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Euro setup is unsustainable, ECB chief warns

Posted: 05/31/2012 - Mario Draghi said Thursday that the crisis had exposed the inadequacy of the financial and economic framework set up for the euro monetary union launched in 1999.

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Ireland votes on Europe's deficit-fighting treaty

Posted: 05/31/2012 - Ireland's debt-burdened voters confronted an existential dilemma Thursday as they decided in a referendum whether to ratify the European Union's deficit-fighting treaty

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Police think Canada body parts suspect is overseas

Posted: 05/31/2012 - A Canadian porn actor suspected of mailing body parts from a dismembered corpse to the Conservative and Liberal party headquarters after making a video of the killing might have fled North America

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Bedouins free 2 US tourists abducted in Egypt

Posted: 05/31/2012 - Two American tourists abducted by Bedouins in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula were released unharmed Thursday following negotiations between local tribesmen and the kidnappers, a security official said.

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US: Concerns for American hunger striker in Dubai

Posted: 05/31/2012 - The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi also raised questions about whether Zack Shahin is being singled out for harsh treatment compared with other financial crime suspects in the UAE.

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Nepal Supreme Court judge killed, 2 people wounded

Posted: 05/31/2012 - Motorcycle-riding assailants shot and killed a Supreme Court judge under investigation for allegedly taking bribes as he headed to work in the Nepalese capital Thursday, police said.

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Judges sentence Charles Taylor to 50 years

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment Wednesday for arming and supporting murderous rebels in Sierra Leone in return for "blood diamonds."

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Israel's Barak: Weigh 'unilateral action'

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a high-profile security conference on Wednesday that inaction is not an option and Israel cannot wait forever to reach an accord.

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UN: Civilian deaths drop 36 percent in Afghanistan

Posted: 05/30/2012 - The senior U.N. envoy for the country, Jan Kubis, called the trend promising but cautioned that too many civilians were still being caught up in the violence as insurgents fight Afghan and foreign forces.

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Rio's housing prices spell trouble in paradise

Updated: 05/30/2012 - Rio's property boom is a reversal of fortune for a city that had been in steep decline since 1960, when Brazil moved its capital from the Marvelous City to the red-dirt plateau of Brasilia, and businesses fled.

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Iraq president rebuffs move to unseat premier

Updated: 05/30/2012 - Lawmakers say a broad alliance of political opponents of the Iraqi prime minister has failed to persuade the country's president to take a first step toward unseating the premier.

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Iran: 'Flame' virus fight began with oil attack

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Computer technicians battling to contain a complex virus last month resorted to the ultimate firewall measures — cutting off Internet links to Iran's Oil Ministry, rigs and the hub for nearly all the country's crude exports.

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UK top court backs extradition of WikiLeaks boss

Posted: 05/30/2012 - Britain's Supreme Court has endorsed the extradition of WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to Sweden, an important turning point in the Internet activist's controversial career.

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Egypt's Islamist candidate disses old regime

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for the Egyptian presidential runoff promised Tuesday he would break sharply with the ways of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak

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Saving Dominican forest and an elusive songbird

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The reserve is taking shape in a lushly overgrown former cattle ranch measuring about 1,000 acres, at the edge of a deep green forest in the Dominican Republic's rugged northeast.

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Malaysian 'WWW1' license plate sells for $165K

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The Road Transport Department said Monday that the most coveted plate, "WWW1," sold for a record 520,000 ringgit ($165,600) to Malaysian royal state leader Sultan Ibrahim Ismail.

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