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Evacuees return to mud, damage after Manila floods

Posted: 08/10/2012 - Evacuees who sheltered at a school in a badly flooded suburb of the Philippine capital were told Friday to return to their homes. Luzviminda Limas worried where her family would sleep.

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Swede in Cuba car crash worried about driver

Posted: 08/10/2012 - A Swedish politician who survived a car crash in Cuba that killed dissident Oswaldo Paya and another government opponent has described an intense five-day grilling about why he was in the country

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In Venezuela, pole dancers turn heads outdoors

Posted: 08/10/2012 - Children pedaled around on tricycles at a playground in Caracas, while joggers ran past on a winding pathway, then slowed down and paused to gape at the unfolding scene on a recent morning.

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Activists: Israeli forces enter Egypt for migrants

Posted: 08/10/2012 - Israel has been sending soldiers into Egypt's Sinai desert to stop African migrants before they reach the border, handing them over to Egyptian forces, human rights groups charged in a report released Friday.

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4 police officers tried in China political scandal

Posted: 08/10/2012 - Four senior Chinese police officers were tried Friday on charges of helping the wife of one of the country's highest-profile politicians cover up the murder of a British businessman

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In Egypt's chaotic Sinai, militants grow stronger

Posted: 08/08/2012 - After decades of neglect and with the collapse of government authority the past 18 months, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has become fertile ground for Islamic extremists

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Syrian troops push into Aleppo to oust rebels

Posted: 08/08/2012 - Syria launched a ground assault Wednesday on rebel-held areas of the besieged city of Aleppo, the center of battles between government forces and opposition fighters for more than two weeks.

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Egypt fires intelligence chief over Sinai attack

Posted: 08/08/2012 - Egypt's president fired his intelligence chief on Wednesday for failing to act on an Israeli warning of an imminent attack days before militants stormed a border post in the Sinai Peninsula and killed 16 soldiers.

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Verdict in Russian punk trial set for Aug. 17

Posted: 08/08/2012 - A Moscow judge wrapped up the trial of three feminist punk rockers on Wednesday and said she would issue a verdict in the controversial case next week.

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Experts: Calif refinery fire will boost gas prices

Posted: 08/07/2012 - A major fire at one of the country's biggest oil refineries that sent scores of people to hospitals with breathing problems will push gas prices above $4 a gallon on the West Coast, analysts said Tuesday.

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Spain terror arrests put paragliding in spotlight

Posted: 08/07/2012 - The two Russians took paragliding lessons this year in a southern Spanish region renowned for the sport, authorities said over the weekend. A Turkish engineer also under arrest paid for the lessons.

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Clueless fans inject fun into Olympic contests

Posted: 08/07/2012 - Like many spectators at the London Olympics, Stewart was watching with perplexed pleasure Monday as Australia beat Greece in the men's preliminary play. She had never been to a water polo game before.

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Russian prosecutors ask for 3 years in punk case

Posted: 08/07/2012 - The three women have been in custody for five months following the February stunt, in which they took over a church pulpit in Christ the Savior cathedral for less than a minute, singing, high-kicking and dancing.

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Bank scandals tarnish London's reputation

Posted: 08/07/2012 - Bankers in the British capital, which has for centuries been a center for global business, fear its reputation has been tarnished indelibly and that a heavy-handed regulatory crackdown is looming.

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More Syrians flee to Turkey as fighting spreads

Posted: 08/07/2012 - More than 1,300 Syrians fled to Turkey overnight to escape the civil war as rebels tried to expand their hold inside Syria's largest city despite two weeks of withering counterattacks by President Bashar Assad's troops.

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Sikh shooting victim leaves grieving Indian family

Posted: 08/07/2012 - For 16 years, Lokinder Kaur waited patiently for the day her husband would be reunited with her and their children. That dream died with him in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

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China's politics reign in trial of Bo Xilai's wife

Posted: 08/07/2012 - The wife of a fallen Chinese leader goes on trial Thursday on charges of murdering a British businessman in a politically charged case that may have little to do with whether she really killed him.

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British astronomer Bernard Lovell dies at 98

Posted: 08/07/2012 - Pioneering British physicist and astronomer Bernard Lovell, who developed one of the world's largest radio telescopes exploring particles in the universe, has died. He was 98.

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Trayvon Martin's parents seek money from Fla. fund

Posted: 08/06/2012 - Trayvon Martin's mother has asked for an undisclosed amount of money from a state fund set up to help crime victims with things like funeral expenses and counseling.

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Mogadishu celebrates 1 year since al-Shabab's exit

Posted: 08/06/2012 - Thousands of Somalis gathered in a Mogadishu sports stadium Monday to celebrate the one-year mark since African Union and Somali soldiers forced militants out of the capital.

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Nuke plant chief after tsunami: 'This is serious'

Posted: 08/06/2012 - In the videos, then-plant chief Masao Yoshida complained about phone calls to the prime minister's office not getting through and showed frustration as he fought the government's nuclear safety officials

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Jordan says defecting Syrian minister won't stay

Posted: 08/06/2012 - Jordan's information minister denies that the Syrian prime minister has defected to the neighboring kingdom and another government official says the premier will be leaving Amman soon for another country.

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Greece: 6,000 detained during raids on immigrants

Posted: 08/06/2012 - Authorities in Greece are rounding up thousands of suspected illegal immigrants in a large-scale deportation drive to combat what a government official compared to a prehistoric invasion.

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Tropical storm heads for pass along Honduras coast

Posted: 08/06/2012 - Tropical Storm Ernesto's forward movement slowed Monday as it headed for an expected close pass along Honduras' northern coast after dropping heavy rains on Jamaica without causing serious problems.

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