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Israeli stock market stopped after 11 percent drop

Posted: 11/20/2008 - Stock exchange officials called off trading briefly at the Tel Aviv market after stock prices plunged 11 percent. The huge drop triggered an automatic suspension. When trading resumed after 45 minutes, an extra hour was added to make up for the suspension.

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Alitalia chief agrees to sell assets to investors

Posted: 11/20/2008 - Alitalia's administrator says he has formally agreed to sell part of the bankrupt airline's assets to a group of Italian investors in a deal worth more than 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion).

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Interpol probes whether Mexico office leaked info

Posted: 11/19/2008 - Interpol is dispatching a special investigative team to determine whether any sensitive information was lost after the head of its Mexican office was detained on suspicion of illegal leaks.

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Sweden says transvestism is not a disease

Posted: 11/19/2008 - Swedish health officials say they will remove transvestism, fetishism and sadomasochism from the country's official list of diseases and mental disorders.

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Italy government approves Alitalia offer

Posted: 11/19/2008 - Italy's Economic Development Ministry says the government has approved the sale of assets in the bankrupt Alitalia airline to a group of Italian investors for at least euro1.052 billion ($1.33 billion).

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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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