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Greek unions to stage 24-hour strike amid rioting

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Greece's two largest labor unions say they will push ahead with demonstrations in riot-ravaged Athens as part of a 24-hour strike Wednesday to protest the government's economic policies.

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Britain targets phony Afghan asylum seekers

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Britain's Home Office says asylum seekers who say they are from Afghanistan will tough get tough interviews to check whether their claims are genuine.

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Brazil says Ecuador could lose future financing

Posted: 12/09/2008 - Brazil's foreign minister says Ecuador could lose Brazilian financing for infrastructure projects because it is contesting payment of a loan for a hydroelectric dam.

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North Korea nuke envoys discuss verifying past activity

Posted: 12/09/2008 - He admits there's still a long way to go. But U.S. envoy Christopher Hill says it would be "an important milestone" if a draft proposal for verifying North Korea's accounting of its nuclear program is ironed out.

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Violence breaks out during Greek teen's funeral

Updated: 12/09/2008 - Riot police are fighting running battles with mourners after the funeral of a teenager whose shooting by officers triggered Greece's worst rioting in decades.

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Fireworks blow up Mexican pickup, killing 1

Posted: 12/08/2008 - Pilgrims setting off bottle rockets as part of a religious procession apparently ignited a cache of fireworks in one of their pickup trucks, causing an explosion that killed the vehicle's driver, officials said Monday.

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Massive riots in Greek cities

Posted: 12/08/2008 - Gangs of youths are smashing their way through central Athens and Thessaloniki, torching stores and buildings after the fatal police shooting of a teenager in the worst rioting Greece has seen in decades.

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Pope starts Rome holiday season, prays for jobless

Posted: 12/08/2008 - Pope Benedict XVI is praying for those who lost jobs or are struggling to pay bills as Rome's holiday season began with a traditional appearance by the pontiff near the Spanish Steps.

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