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54 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok

Posted: 12/31/2008 - Rescue workers say at least 54 New Year's revelers have died in a fire that swept through a nightclub in the Thai capital.

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Police arrest Shiite cult leader in Iraq

Posted: 12/31/2008 - Police in Basra have announced the arrest of a leading figure in a messianic Shiite cult that has battled with Iraqi and U.S. forces.

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Saudi FM criticizes Palestinians

Posted: 12/31/2008 - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister is blaming "Palestinian divisions" for Israel's onslaught on Gaza.

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Reports: Ukraine, Russia at impasse in gas dispute

Posted: 12/31/2008 - The chance of a deal to avert a New Year's Day shutoff of Russian gas to Ukraine is waning with talks showing no sign of progress as the midnight deadline approaches.

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Venezuela reduces dollar allowance for travelers

Posted: 12/31/2008 - Venezuela has cut in half the dollar allowance that Venezuelan travelers are permitted to spend abroad on their credit cards, reducing the amount from $5,000 to $2,500 a year.

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Israeli official: Temporary truce possible

Posted: 12/30/2008 - There's word that Israel is considering suspending its Gaza air strikes to give Hamas militants a chance to halt their rocket attacks.

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Ukraine says it will pay off gas debt

Posted: 12/30/2008 - Ukraine's gas company Naftogaz says it will pay up to $2 billion to settle its debt for Russian gas imports and avoid a threatened cutoff of natural gas deliveries.

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Mexico calls off search for cruise passenger

Posted: 12/30/2008 - Mexican authorities have suspended their search for a Florida woman who apparently fell from a ship balcony during a Christmas week cruise.

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8 snowmobilers missing in Canadian avalanches

Posted: 12/29/2008 - Despite what's being described as "extreme" risk, rescuers are searching western Canada's backcountry for eight snowmobilers buried in avalanches.

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UN ambassador: Israel seeks to 'destroy' Hamas

Posted: 12/29/2008 - Israel's ambassador to the United Nations says the goal of the current offensive in the Gaza Strip is much broader than ending Palestinian rocket attacks. She says Israel wants to destroy Gaza's ruling Hamas movement.

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White House pleas for end to violence

Posted: 12/29/2008 - The White House is again urging Hamas to agree to a cease-fire with Israel as a first step in halting the current Israeli air assault on Gaza.

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Hamas: No truce before Israel stops attacks

Posted: 12/29/2008 - A senior exiled Hamas official is rejecting any talk of a new truce with Israel unless all attacks on Gaza cease and the border crossings are reopened.

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