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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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US reviewing Iraqi changes to security pact

Posted: 10/29/2008 - The Bush administration has started reviewing proposed changes the Iraqis want in a security pact that would let U.S. troops stay in Iraq after a U.N. mandate expires on Dec. 31.

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Judge to rule if suspects can be freed from jail

Posted: 10/29/2008 - A judge is considering whether an American student and her former boyfriend can be freed from jail while they await trial in the slaying of a British student in Italy.

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Sri Lankan rebel aircraft attack near Colombo

Posted: 10/28/2008 - Sri Lankan rebels have staged a brazen airstrike on a power station on the outskirts of the island nation's capital, plunging the city into darkness.

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Syria orders US school, cultural center closed

Posted: 10/28/2008 - The Syrian government has ordered that an American school and a U.S. cultural center in Damascus be closed in response to a deadly raid by U.S. helicopters near the Syrian border with Iraq.

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Israel's Netanyahu launches campaign

Posted: 10/27/2008 - Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu has opened his campaign for prime minister by staking out a hardline position toward Syria and the Palestinians.

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