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US museum to return looted art to Italy

Posted: 11/19/2008 - A U.S. museum will return 14 ancient treasures ranging from Etruscan jewelry to a Medieval cross that authorities say were looted or stolen from Italy.

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China's Hu extends credit, donations to Cuba

Posted: 11/19/2008 - Chinese President Hu Jintao has promised Cuba at least $78 million in donations, credit and hurricane relief to one of the few communist allies China has left.

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IAEA deadlocked on Iran; presses Syria for info

Posted: 11/19/2008 - The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency says its probe into Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program is deadlocked. It also reports that a Syrian site bombed by Israel had the characteristics of a nuclear reactor.

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Brazil unemployment improves in October

Posted: 11/19/2008 - Officials say Brazil shed fewer jobs this October, suggesting the global financial crisis has not yet hit Brazil's labor market.

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Iranian parliament chooses new interior minister

Posted: 11/18/2008 - Iranian state radio says the parliament has chosen a close ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the new interior minister, after the predecessor was dismissed over a fake university degree.

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Italy seizes suspected Mafia assets from store boss

Posted: 11/18/2008 - Italian authorities have seized assets worth euro700 million ($885 million) from a supermarket chain owner suspected of letting the Mafia use his businesses to launder money.

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Man arrested ahead of Peru summit with grenades

Posted: 11/18/2008 - Peruvian authorities say a man has been arrested in Lima carrying a box of 36 grenades ahead of the arrival of 18 world leaders for a Pacific Rim economic summit.

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Iranian-operated cargo ship hijacked off Somalia

Posted: 11/18/2008 - The U.S. Navy says a cargo ship has been hijacked off the Somalia coast -- the latest in a series of attacks by pirates operating out of the African country.

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Danish oil ship briefly seized off Nigeria

Posted: 11/18/2008 - A Danish shipping group says one of its vessels has been released after being hijacked for nearly 30 hours in Nigeria's southern oil region.

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Poll: UK Labour Party gains on opposition

Posted: 11/18/2008 - A new poll indicates Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Labour Party are closing in on Britain's opposition Conservative Party.

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Bolivian president bars US anti-drug agency

Posted: 11/17/2008 - The Bolivian president says he wants improved relations with President-elect Barack Obama but will never allow the U.S. anti-drug agency to return to his country, accusing it of "political aggression."

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