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African Union suspends Madagascar

Updated: 03/20/2009 - The African Union on Friday suspended Madagascar from the continental body, saying the replacement of the island nation's president by an army-backed politician constitutes a coup.

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Tens of thousands of Angolans welcome pope

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI urged Angolans on Friday to continue on the path of reconciliation after nearly three decades of civil war, saying dialogue could overcome all conflict and tension.

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US Navy: 2 vessels collide in Strait of Hormuz

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Two U.S. Navy vessels - a submarine and an amphibious ship - collided during the early morning hours Friday in the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian peninsula, the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet reported.

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Sgt. Jose Regalado: `Very proud to be a scout'

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Sgt. Jose Regalado, 23, of El Sereno, Calif., was on his second deployment to Iraq when he was killed by an Iraqi Army soldier on Nov. 12, 2008, 63 days after meeting his daughter for the first time. His wife, Sharri, gave birth to their first child, Jaimie, during the deployment. He carried a sonogram of Jaimie with him on patrol. Later, he also carried Staff Sgt. Chad Caldwell's dogtag after his death.

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AP IMPACT: Back from Iraq, Killer Blue looks ahead

Updated: 03/20/2009 - On his first morning home from Iraq, Lt. Rusty Morris woke at dawn, next to his wife, their son tucked between them. Loyal, who was just a baby when Morris deployed 15 months earlier, touched his father's face and ears as he drifted in and out of sleep.

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US military says Iraqi girl killed in US shooting

Updated: 03/20/2009 - The U.S. military says a 12-year-old girl was killed when American soldiers fired at a vehicle speeding toward them and Iraqi police near the northern city of Mosul.

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US: No surprise Iran using drone craft over Iraq

Updated: 03/20/2009 - An Iranian unmanned aircraft shot down by the U.S. military over Iraq was operating illegally and unsafely, but its presence should not come as a shock, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

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Iraq: Key figures since the war began

Updated: 03/20/2009 - LITARY AND PRIVATE CONTRACTOR INVOLVEMENT U.S. TROOP LEVELS IN IRAQ -March 31, 2003: 90,000. -Current troop level, on March 13, 2009: 138,000. -Month with highest level of troops in Iraq: October 2007, at 166,000. COALITION TROOP LEVELS

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Iraq better but future shaky

Updated: 03/20/2009 - invaded Iraq, the end of America's costly mission is in sight, but the future of this tortured country is much less clear. With violence down sharply, most Iraqis feel more secure than at nearly any time since the war began March 20, 2003 - March 19 in the United States.

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US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,259

Updated: 03/20/2009 - As of Thursday, March 19, 2009, at least 4,259 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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AP IMPACT: Many Iraqis held by US to go free

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Thousands of Iraqis held without charge by the United States on suspicion of links to insurgents or militants are being freed by this summer because there is little or no evidence against them.

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Western Kentucky provides 1st big upset of NCAAs

Updated: 03/20/2009 - An upset? Western Kentucky looked and acted like it was business as usual. Yes, these Hilltoppers are no one-year wonders. The party crashers of last year's NCAA tournament did it again late Thursday night. Scoffing at another No. 12 seeding, Western Kentucky booted fifth-seeded Illinois 76-72 behind 17 points from Steffphon Pettigrew and the workmanlike confidence of a major power.

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Obama apologizes for Special Olympics gaffe

Updated: 03/20/2009 - President Barack Obama has apologized to the chairman of the Special Olympics for his late-night talk show quip equating his bowling skills to those of athletes with disabilities.

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Pope takes African pilgrimage to Angola

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI urged Angolans on Friday to continue on the path of reconciliation after nearly three decades of civil war, saying dialogue could overcome all conflict and tension.

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Dodd's political stock tumbles in Connecticut

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Democrats may want to start thinking about a bailout for Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, whose political stock has slipped amid the financial meltdown.

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Stock move in narrow range before Bernanke speech

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Wall Street fluctuated Friday as investors set aside their inflation concerns and went back to buying as they awaited a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

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Former AIG head denies he started exec bonuses

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Former AIG chief executive officer Hank Greenberg said the company under his leadership never had the kind of retention bonus system that has subjected it to withering criticism.

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Obama reaches out to Iran with video message

Updated: 03/20/2009 - President Barack Obama is reaching out to the Iranian people in a new video with Farsi subtitles, saying the U.S. is prepared to end years of strained relations if Tehran tones down its bellicose rhetoric.

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US Navy: 2 vessels collide in Strait of Hormuz

Updated: 03/20/2009 - Two U.S. Navy vessels - a submarine and an amphibious ship - collided early Friday in the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian peninsula, the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet reported.

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Dodd's Political Stock Tumbles In Connecticut

Updated: 03/20/2009 - As a five-term Democrat who blew out his last two opponents by 2-1 margins in a blue state that President Barack Obama won handily, Dodd, D-Conn., should be cruising to re-election in 2010. Instead, he's feeling heat from a Republican challenger eager to make him a poster boy for the tumult in the housing and financial markets.

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AIG Unit Sues Countrywide Financial Over Loan Losses

Updated: 03/20/2009 - A unit of embattled insurer American International Group Inc. filed suit against mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. in California federal court Thursday, alleging Countrywide misrepresented the health of loans that the company insured, resulting in massive losses.

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