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Israeli official plans 'decisive' talks in Egypt

Posted: 01/13/2009 - The Israeli Defense Ministry says the point man in efforts to reach a cease-fire with Hamas is headed to Egypt later this week for what officials call decisive talks.

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Workers protest layoffs at Brazil GM plant

Posted: 01/13/2009 - A union spokesman says workers at a General Motors plant in Brazil are staging slowdowns to protest the layoff of 800 temporary workers.

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Taylor's son gets 97 years in prison for torture

Posted: 01/09/2009 - The son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor will serve 97 years in prison for torture after being convicted in the first case under a U.S. law against atrocities overseas.

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Putin: Russia will charge Ukraine market gas price

Posted: 01/08/2009 - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says Russia will charge Ukraine full market price for natural gas and will agree to pay a higher, market-based fee to ship that gas over Ukrainian pipelines.

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Italian climbers stranded high on Argentine peak

Posted: 01/08/2009 - Rescuers are trying to reach four Italian mountain climbers and their Argentine guide after they became trapped by a storm at 22,000 feet (6,700 meters) just below the summit of the highest peak in the Americas.

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Rice extends UN visit amid Gaza truce debate

Posted: 01/07/2009 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is extending a visit to New York to participate in discussions at the United Nations over an Egyptian-French proposal for a cease-fire to end ongoing violence in Gaza.

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Obama wax figure free for Yanks in London Jan. 20

Posted: 01/07/2009 - Stuck in Britain on Inauguration Day? Madame Tussauds, the London waxwork museum, is offering U.S. tourists the chance to see their new president up close for free.

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Pakistani president calls for foreign support, not troops

Posted: 01/06/2009 - Pakistan's president says his country and neighboring Afghanistan need more support from foreign allies to win the battle against extremist militias. But he says the two countries do not need more foreign troops.

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Gazprom reducing supplies through Ukraine

Posted: 01/05/2009 - Russia's Gazprom says it will cut the amount of gas it ships to Europe through Ukraine to make up for what it says Ukraine has stolen in recent days from pipelines crossing its territory.

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Bush: Israel has right to protect itself

Posted: 01/05/2009 - President George W. Bush says he understands "Israel's desire to protect itself," offering his first public comments about the U.S. ally's massive ground invasion into Gaza.

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