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Colombia-rebel peace talks announced

Posted: 09/05/2012 - Colombia and its main leftist rebel group said Tuesday they have signed an accord to launch peace talks next month aimed at ending a stubborn, half-century-old conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

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Ex-Formula One driver Zanardi takes on new race

Posted: 09/05/2012 - The former Formula One driver is vying for a Paralympic medal Wednesday in paracycling — a hand cycle powered by the arms — at the Brands Hatch race track, where he once raced cars

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Clinton, China haven't narrowed gaps on Syria, sea

Posted: 09/05/2012 - Talks between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese leaders Wednesday failed to narrow gaps on how to end the crisis in Syria and how to resolve Beijing's territorial disputes

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Pirates seize oil tanker, kidnap crew off Nigeria

Posted: 09/05/2012 - Pirates attacked and seized an oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria's largest city, the country's navy said Wednesday, kidnapping an unknown number of sailors who were trying to hide from their assailants.

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UN says 100,000 refugees fled Syria in August

Posted: 09/04/2012 - Some 100,000 refugees fled Syria during August making it by far the highest monthly total since hostilities began, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday.

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Syria's Assad holds talks with Red Cross chief

Posted: 09/04/2012 - Syrian President Bashar Assad told the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in talks in Damascus on Tuesday that the group is welcome to operate on the ground in the country

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EU: Kosovo ties 'key' for Serbia's membership

Posted: 09/04/2012 - The European Union's top official says that Serbia needs to improve its strained ties with its former province of Kosovo if it's going to make progress in its ambition to join the EU.

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Portugal firefighters douse major wildfires

Posted: 09/04/2012 - Portugal's Civil Protection Service says firefighters have extinguished two major forest blazes that raced across thick woodland for more than 30 hours and claimed the life of one person.

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Paralympics and politics clash in Britain

Posted: 09/04/2012 - George Osborne, the official charged with putting the faltering British economy back on track, was roundly booed Monday night when he presented medals at the Paralympic Games.

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40 percent abstention at Angola elections

Posted: 09/04/2012 - Angola's electoral commission says 40 percent of voters abstained — a shocking rate for Africa that some blamed on cynicism over the ruling party's expected victory after 33 years in power.

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4 shot at mine owned by South Africa president's nephew

Posted: 09/03/2012 - Monday's shooting comes after firebrand politician Julius Malema visited the Aurora gold mine last week and told fired mineworkers that he was going to make South African mines ungovernable.

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Iran opens nuclear site to Mongolia's president

Posted: 09/03/2012 - The visit by President Tsakhia Elbegdorj follows a summit of emerging nations in Tehran that Iranian officials said would showcase the failure of Western sanctions to isolate Iran diplomatically.

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Students at South African university boycott Israel

Posted: 09/03/2012 - A statement Monday says the school's student representative council is calling for an immediate investigation into any academic, financial and cultural relations with Israeli institutions.

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Airstrike in Syria kills more at least 18 people

Posted: 09/03/2012 - The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said the airstrikes targeted a residential area in the northern town of al-Bab

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Pakistani cleric faces possible blasphemy charge

Posted: 09/03/2012 - Pakistani police are investigating whether a Muslim cleric who allegedly tried to frame a Christian girl for blasphemy should be charged with insulting Islam himself and potentially face life in prison.

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Young Iraqis face religious fashion crackdown

Posted: 09/03/2012 - A new culture rift is emerging in Iraq, as young women replace shapeless cover-ups with ankle-baring skirts and tight blouses, while men strut around in revealing slacks and spiky haircuts.

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