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Kyrgyz vote on US held up by Russian aid

Posted: 02/09/2009 - A Kyrgyz lawmaker says parliament will delay a vote for at least a week on whether to close a key U.S. air base until the Central Asian nation receives aid promised by Russia.

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Jewish group optimistic about Vatican-Jewish ties

Posted: 02/09/2009 - Representatives of the World Jewish Congress say they are optimistic about Vatican-Jewish ties after meeting with top Vatican officials following a dispute over a Holocaust-denying bishop.

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France to loan euro6 billion to carmakers

Posted: 02/09/2009 - France is providing a loan rescue of euro6 billion ($7.7 billion) to Renault SA and PSA Peugeot-Citroen, in return for a promise from the automakers not to close factories.

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Hard-liners hold edge in Israeli election

Posted: 02/09/2009 - Polls in Israel suggest tomorrow's election has become too close to call, but it looks like hard-liners will have a clear edge in the deal making that is sure to follow.

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Saudi Arabia says only mosques allowed

Posted: 02/06/2009 - A Saudi Arabian official says mosques can be the only places of worship in his country, rejecting pressure to change heavy restrictions on religious besides Islam.

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Georgia: 27 Russian jets sent to Abkhazia

Posted: 02/06/2009 - Georgia's foreign minister says Russia has sent more than two dozen fighter jets to a base in the breakaway region of Abkhazia.

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Russia to build nuclear plant in Belarus

Posted: 02/06/2009 - Russia's ambassador to Belarus says Moscow will finance Belarus' first nuclear power plant and construction will begin this year.

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Poland cuts pensions for ex-communist officers

Posted: 02/06/2009 - Poland's president has signed a law that slashes pensions for communist-era secret security officers and top-ranking officials of the former regime.

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Kuwait Cabinet approves economy plan

Posted: 02/05/2009 - Kuwait's state-owned television says the Cabinet has approved a stimulus package to help the economy weather the global financial crisis.

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