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Last hospital in Sri Lanka war zone evacuated

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The last hospital in Sri Lanka's shrinking war zone was evacuated Wednesday as Red Cross staff and wounded civilians fled attacks that apparently included cluster munitions.

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Injured man dies after rejection by 14 hospitals

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A 69-year-old Japanese man injured in a traffic accident died after paramedics spent more than an hour negotiating with 14 hospitals before one admitted him, a fire department official said Wednesday.

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Scientist says dam may have triggered China quake

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Pressure from a dam, its reservoir's heavy waters weighing on geologic fault lines, may have helped trigger China's devastating earthquake last May, some scientists say, in a finding that suggests human activity played a role in the disaster.

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US plan to arm militias scares some in Afghanistan

Updated: 02/04/2009 - A U.S.-backed plan to create militias and give them guns to fight the Taliban is drawing criticism from local authorities in areas where the first units are being rolled out, raising questions as to whether the effort can succeed in Afghanistan.

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11 former Gitmo inmates on Saudi wanted list

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The Saudi government acknowledged Wednesday that 11 men on the country's most wanted list are former Guantanamo prisoners who went through rehabilitation, raising doubts about a program intended to counter extremist religious ideology.

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Pakistan: Trucks torched along US supply line

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Assailants torched 10 trucks stranded in Pakistan by the bombing of a key bridge on the main supply route for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, an official said Wednesday.

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UN says Hamas seized food aid, blankets in Gaza

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Hamas police seized thousands of blankets and food packages meant for the needy in Gaza, the U.N. said Wednesday, a move that could threaten the provision of aid essential for a majority of Gaza's impoverished residents.

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Vatican: Holocaust denier must recant

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The Vatican on Wednesday demanded that a prelate who denied the Holocaust recant his positions before being fully admitted as a bishop into the Roman Catholic Church.

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Russia says it wants to help US in Afghanistan

Updated: 02/04/2009 - President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that Russia and its ex-Soviet allies want to help the United States stabilize Afghanistan, saying Moscow wanted "full-fledged" cooperation with Washington.

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Crews Battle Blaze At Landmark Chicago Cathedral

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Firefighters battled an early morning blaze in frigid temperatures Wednesday at Holy Name Cathedral, a 134-year-old Chicago landmark and the seat of Cardinal Francis George.

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Iraqi Lawmaker: PM's Party Winner In Elections

Updated: 02/04/2009 - The Iraqi prime minister's coalition will talk to other parties about sharing power in mostly southern areas after initial projections showed the Shiite leader's allies were the big winners in last weekend's provincial elections, an Iraqi lawmaker said Wednesday.

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Wynn Resorts Cut Work Week, Salaries To Save Cash

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Wynn Resorts Ltd. said Tuesday it is cutting wages for all salaried workers at its Wynn Las Vegas casino and reducing work weeks for full-time hourly employees in an effort to save about $75 million to $100 million a year.

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Obama To Detail Further Compensation Limits

Updated: 02/04/2009 - President Barack Obama wants to impose a $500,000 pay cap on executives whose firms receive government financial rescue funds, a dramatic intervention into corporate governance in the midst of financial crisis.

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Sara Lee Posts 2Q Loss Due to Write-down

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Food maker Sara Lee says it lost $17 million in its fiscal second quarter, largely due to a write-down related to its North American foodservice beverage unit.

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Cash-Strapped States Mull Seat Belt Law Changes

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Drivers better buckle up or pay the price: More cash-strapped states want to give law enforcement officers the authority to pull over motorists just for not wearing their seat belts.

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World Stocks Rise Amid Hopes Downturn is Bottoming

Updated: 02/04/2009 - Asian stocks advanced Wednesday, with Tokyo's index up nearly 3%, as better-than-expected news about the U.S. and Chinese economies raised hopes the global downturn was nearing a bottom. European markets opened modestly higher.

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