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UN: Opium cultivation drops in Afghanistan

Posted: 08/26/2008 - The U.N.'s anti-drug office says opium poppy production in Afghanistan was down 19 percent this year compared to 2007 due to successful campaigns in the north and east though fields in the south remain awash in the heroin-producing crop.

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Python kills intern at Venezuelan zoo

Posted: 08/25/2008 - A college student working the night shift at a Venezuelan zoo is dead after letting a 10-foot python out of its enclosure.

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Russian lawmakers recognize Georgia separatists

Posted: 08/25/2008 - The European Union and the U.S. say Georgia's two breakaway provinces should remain part of Georgia following a unanimous vote by the Russian parliament to recognize their independence.

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US: Draft pact struck on US forces in Iraq

Posted: 08/20/2008 - A senior U.S. military official says the U.S. government has approved a draft agreement on reducing the American military presence in Iraq.

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Attacks, clashes continue in wake of Musharraf departure

Posted: 08/19/2008 - One of the biggest challenges facing Pakistani leaders following President Pervez Musharraf's resignation is how to deal with an al-Qaida and Taliban-backed insurgency in Pakistan's volatile northwest as well as in neighboring Afghanistan.

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Stats show perils of living in east Congo

Posted: 08/19/2008 - Imagine living in a place where you have a 50-percent chance of being enslaved or threatened with death by an armed group. A one-in-three chance of being tortured or wounded. A 12-percent chance of being sexually assaulted multiple times.

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Rice: NATO won't let Russia succeed in Georgia

Posted: 08/18/2008 - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says NATO will not allow Russia to destabilize Georgia, intimidate other pro-Western governments in the former Soviet bloc or re-establish an Iron Curtain across Europe.

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Russians announce troop withdrawal has begun

Posted: 08/18/2008 - Russia says its military has begun to withdraw from the conflict-zone in Georgia, but officials haven't said exactly where troops and tanks will continue to operate under the cease-fire that's ended days of fighting in Georgia.

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Georgia signs cease-fire; US voices support

Posted: 08/15/2008 - Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili says he has signed a cease-fire agreement with Russia. But he did not appear enthusiastic about it. He says it protects the former Soviet republic's interests despite concessions to Moscow.

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