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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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New cyberweapon discovered; Iranian computers hit

Posted: 05/29/2012 - A massive data-slurping cyberweapon is circulating in the Middle East, a Russian Internet security firm reported Monday, saying that computers in Iran appear to have been particularly affected.

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NATO kills senior al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The U.S.-led NATO force in Afghanistan killed al-Qaida's second-highest leader in the country in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province, the coalition said Tuesday.

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Qatar probes mall fire as young victims mourned

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Investigators in Qatar carried out their first extensive probes through a fire-ravaged daycare center and other charred areas inside the country's biggest mall Tuesday after a blaze that killed 19 people.

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Suu Kyi, in Myanmar since 1988, starts world tour

Posted: 05/29/2012 - With the installation of an elected government last year, and her party's own entrance into parliament this year, she can claim at least partial success for her long fight and feel the freedom to explore the world.

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Somali farmers rejoice at end of militant tax

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Since Afgoye's fall over the weekend, dozens of vehicles carrying fresh fruits and vegetables have traveled from Afgoye into the Somali capital.

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UN: Most of 108 killed in Syria were executed

Posted: 05/29/2012 - The U.N. said Tuesday that entire families were shot in their homes during a massacre in Syria last week that killed more than 100 people, including children.

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15 dead in latest killer quake in northern Italy

Updated: 05/29/2012 - A magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit northern Italy on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people in the same region still struggling to recover from another fatal tremor on May 20.

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Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

Posted: 05/29/2012 - Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away.

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Curtains open wide in Myanmar, a crack in N. Korea

Posted: 05/29/2012 - For decades, they have been two of the world's most reclusive nations, but, the two nations have opened themselves up, allowing the world to peer behind the political curtains they had so laboriously erected.

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Explosion hits downtown Nairobi, 16 wounded

Posted: 05/28/2012 - An explosion ripped through a building full of small shops in downtown Nairobi on Monday, wounding at least 16 people, the police commissioner said.

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Lady Gaga sends love to Indonesian fans

Posted: 05/28/2012 - Lady Gaga told fans she was "devastated" at having to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia following threats by Islamic hard-liners, who called her a "devil worshipper."

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