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Somalia's new parliament to elect president

Posted: 09/10/2012 - While Somalia has had transitional administrations since 2004, it has not had a functioning central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew a longtime dictator and turned on each other.

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Palestinians strike to protest rising prices

Posted: 09/10/2012 - Palestinians shuttered shops and blocked roads with burning tires across the West Bank to protest their government's failure to contain rising prices and pay salaries.

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Death toll of Syria explosion rises to 27

Posted: 09/10/2012 - Syria's state run news agency says the death toll of an explosion near two hospitals in the northern city of Aleppo has risen to 27. SANA reported Monday that the blasts also wounded 64.

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UK police evacuate homes of al-Hilli neighbors

Posted: 09/10/2012 - U.K. police say they have evacuated homes near the house of a British-Iraqi couple slain while vacationing in the French Alps because of concerns about items found at the property.

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US hands over Bagram prison to Afghans

Posted: 09/10/2012 - The handover ceremony took place at the prison next to a sprawling U.S. airfield in Bagram, just north of Kabul. President Hamid Karzai has hailed the transfer as a victory for Afghan sovereignty.

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Slim Hong Kong legislative win for Beijing backers

Posted: 09/10/2012 - Election results released Monday gave an edge to the pro-China faction in Hong Kong's government, where power is split between those aligned with Beijing and those who favor further democratic reforms.

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Canada closes embassy in Iran

Posted: 09/07/2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday that the Canadian embassy in Tehran will close immediately and Iranian diplomats in Canada have been given five days to leave.

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Prince Harry in Afghanistan flying Apache copters

Posted: 09/07/2012 - Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, flew into southern Afghanistan on Friday to begin a four-month combat tour as a gunner for an attack helicopter.

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French direct aid a dubious break for Syria rebels

Posted: 09/07/2012 - France, Syria's one-time colonial ruler, began sending the aid without intermediaries last week to three regions of Syria where the regime of President Bashar Assad has lost control.

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Activists report clashes in Syrian capital

Posted: 09/07/2012 - The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Local Coordination Committees had no immediate word on casualties from Friday's clashes in Kazaz.

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Earthquakes kill at least 43 in southwest China

Posted: 09/07/2012 - A series of earthquakes jolted a mountainous part of southwestern China on Friday, collapsing houses, triggering landslides and killing at least 43 people.

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Family feud eyed in grisly killings in French Alps

Posted: 09/07/2012 - A French prosecutor says a feud between brothers is becoming the focus of the investigation into the grisly killings of a British-Iraqi family vacationing in the French Alps.

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Pakistani judge grants bail to Christian girl

Posted: 09/07/2012 - A Pakistani judge granted bail Friday to a young, mentally challenged Christian girl accused of insulting Islam for burning pages of the religion's holy book.

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Romantic comedy gets twist from North Korean acrobats

Posted: 09/07/2012 - It's a classic tale of a small-town girl who follows her dreams to the big city. But in this case, the girl is a North Korean coal miner, the big city is Pyongyang and her dream is to become a high-flying trapeze artist.

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Iran sets June 14 date for presidential election

Posted: 09/07/2012 - The presidential campaign is expected to be a battle between allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his more conservative rivals. Ahmadinejad cannot run for another term.

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Body found, migrant search continues off Italy

Posted: 09/07/2012 - Italian and NATO rescue crews searched the waters off a small Mediterranean island Friday for survivors of a migrant boat that apparently ran into trouble as it neared Italy.

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Kenya Red Cross: 11 killed in clashes

Posted: 09/07/2012 - The Kenya Red Cross says fighting between a community of cattle herders and farmers over land and water resources has killed 11 people in Kenya's southeast.

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Japan utility: No money to develop renewables

Posted: 09/07/2012 - Naomi Hirose, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., said Thursday it is "quite troubling" that the government, responding to public opinion, is moving toward eliminating nuclear power.

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Girl spent 8 hours beneath bodies in French Alps

Posted: 09/06/2012 - Immobilized with fear, a 4-year-old British girl huddled for eight hours beneath the legs of her slain mother in the back of a car filled with corpses on a remote Alpine road

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Lonmin signs deal without striking union, miners

Posted: 09/06/2012 - The company that runs a platinum mine where South African police killed 34 striking workers signed a peace deal Thursday with main labor unions but a breakaway union and the strikers themselves refused to sign on.

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Nationalism stokes island disputes around Asia

Posted: 09/06/2012 - The popular analysis is that the rising tensions are fueled by a regional power shift that has seen China become increasingly assertive with its neighbors

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Pakistan evicts Save the Children foreign staff

Posted: 09/06/2012 - The Pakistani government has ordered foreign staff members of Save the Children to leave the country, a spokesman for the international aid group said Thursday.

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Moroccan royal dominance: Is it out of step?

Posted: 09/06/2012 - Every year, hundreds of civil servants and elected officials from all over the country must gather at one of King Mohammed VI's palaces to pledge allegiance to the "Commander of the Faithful"

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Putin: Russia can work with Romney if elected

Posted: 09/06/2012 - President Vladimir Putin says Russia can work with Mitt Romney if he's elected U.S. president, even though he has called Russia the United States' "No. 1 geopolitical foe."

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