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US offers to airlift 4,000 Darfur peacekeepers

Posted: 11/03/2008 - The U.S. envoy for Africa says Washington is ready to airlift equipment and as many as 4,000 peacekeepers -- including Ethiopians and Egyptians -- for the joint U.N.-African Union mission to Darfur.

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Algeria, Tunisia ban French magazine

Posted: 11/03/2008 - Officials say Algeria and Tunisia have banned this week's issue of a French magazine deemed prejudicial to Islam. That follows Morocco, which banned the magazine L'Express International last week.

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Iraq, Iran to swap bodies from war

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Iraq's government spokesman says Iraq and Iran have agreed to exchange bodies of soldiers killed during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war.

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Japan's air force chief sacked

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Japan is dismissing its air force chief for writing an essay that claimed the country was not an "aggressor" in World War II and was trapped into getting involved in the conflict by the United States.

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French minister says jobs mustn't shift abroad

Posted: 10/31/2008 - France's junior minister for employment says a surveillance mechanism will be put into place to make sure only companies in real financial difficulty shed jobs or move abroad.

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Baghdad now has a commuter train

Posted: 10/30/2008 - Commuters in Baghdad now have a way to avoid all the traffic and the checkpoints on the city's streets.

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Iraq wants no extension of US troops past 2011

Posted: 10/30/2008 - A Shiite lawmaker close to the prime minister says Iraq wants to remove language allowing U.S. troops to stay here after 2011 from a proposed security agreement now under negotiation.

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Vatican issues new guidelines for priests

Posted: 10/30/2008 - The Vatican has issued new psychological screening guidelines for seminarians -- the latest effort by the Roman Catholic Church to be more selective about its priesthood candidates following a series of pedophile scandals.

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Bush confident US-Iraq pact will pass

Posted: 10/29/2008 - President Bush says the administration is reviewing changes the Iraqis want in a security pact that would let U.S. troops stay in Iraq after a United Nations mandate expires on Dec. 31. He says he's confident that the agreement will be approved.

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