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World stocks mostly lower after Toyota warning

Posted: 12/22/2008 - International stock markets mostly fell today in light pre-Christmas trade after Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. issued its second profit warning in less than two months.

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All in Iraqi custody in Baath party plot freed

Posted: 12/19/2008 - Iraq's interior minister says all those arrested for allegedly conspiring to revive Saddam Hussein's banned political party have been released without charge.

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French court OKs "Les Miserables" sequels

Posted: 12/19/2008 - A French appeals court has ruled that two modern-day sequels to Victor Hugo's classic "Les Miserables" do not constitute a threat to the integrity of the novel or the moral rights of its 19th century author.

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Belarus wants $5B loan from US

Posted: 12/19/2008 - Belarus' authoritarian president, whom the United States has called "Europe's last dictator," is asking the U.S. for a $5 billion loan.

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Britain issues warning on Israeli settlements

Posted: 12/19/2008 - Britain's Foreign Office says it is advising Britons not to buy property in Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories or the Golan Heights.

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EU to Obama: make Middle East peace a priority

Posted: 12/19/2008 - The European Union's external relations commissioner says the new U.S. administration should make the Middle East peace process a priority and build upon progress made so far.

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Witnesses: Police disperse Bahrain protest

Posted: 12/19/2008 - Witnesses say Bahraini security troops have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of protesters demanding Arab governments take action to end the closure of the Gaza Strip.

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Protesters shake shoes at US Embassy in London

Posted: 12/19/2008 - Protesters are shaking their shoes at the U.S. Embassy in London in a show of support for a jailed Iraqi journalist who threw his own footwear at President George W. Bush during a news conference in Iraq.

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3 Russian warships visit Cold War ally Cuba

Posted: 12/19/2008 - A Russian anti-submarine destroyer and two logistical warships are entering waters off Cuba in a nonmilitary visit that's the first of its kind since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Rights advocates defend activist in KGB spy case

Posted: 12/19/2008 - Rights defenders in the former Soviet republic of Georgia have spoken out in support of a South Ossetian activist accused by Georgia of having ties to Russian spy services.

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Finns mull ban on candy cigarettes

Posted: 12/18/2008 - Finland's government is considering a ban on candy cigarettes and licorice pipes to discourage young people from smoking the real thing.

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Eastman enters Korean joint venture

Posted: 12/18/2008 - Eastman Chemical Co. and Korea-based SK Chemicals Co. Ltd. are forming a joint venture to build a manufacturing plant that will produce cellulose acetate tow, a raw material used primarily in cigarette filters.

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US official: Russians intend to test Obama on arms

Posted: 12/17/2008 - The State Department's top arms control official says he believes that the Russian government intends to "test the mettle" of the Obama administration on missile defense and other issues.

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