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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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China, Costa Rica to launch trade talks

Posted: 11/17/2008 - Chinese President Hu Jintao says his country will launch free trade talks with Costa Rica in January, with hopes of sealing a deal by 2010.

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Colombia ups police power to fight pyramid schemes

Posted: 11/17/2008 - Colombia has declared a state of emergency to crack down on illegal money-collecting businesses that have lost hundreds of millions of dollars and sparked recent riots.

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