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Vatican issues major new bioethics document

Updated: 12/12/2008 - VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican raised its opposition to embryonic stem cell research, the morning-after pill, in vitro fertilization and human cloning to a new level Friday in a major new document on bioethics.

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Greek protesters clash with riot police in Athens

Updated: 12/12/2008 - ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek youths hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at riot police in Athens on Friday, who responded with stun grenades and tear gas. Despite seven straight days of unrest, Greece's prime minister rebuffed calls to resign and hold early elections

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Poor nations to get funds to fight climate change

Updated: 12/12/2008 - POZNAN, Poland (AP) -- Negotiators at a U.N. climate conference broke through red tape and freed up millions of dollars Friday to help poor countries adapt to increasingly severe droughts, floods and other effects of global warming.

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Kurdish rebels in Iraq declare 9-day cease-fire

Updated: 12/12/2008 - SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- A Kurdish rebel group on Sunday declared a nine-day holiday cease-fire in their fight against Turkey, a spokesman said, calling it a "first step toward peace."

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Iraqis demand harsh penalty for Blackwater guards

Updated: 12/12/2008 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi victims of a deadly shooting last year in central Baghdad demanded the harshest penalty Monday for the Blackwater Worldwide guards charged in the case, saying punishment is needed to keep other security contractors from acting with impunity.

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Official calls for economic cooperation

Updated: 12/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reaching out to Iran and other neighbors, a top Iraqi official called Tuesday for the formation of an economic security union designed to share water, energy and other resources, and mediate disputes among its members.

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NY soldier denies guilt after 'fragging' acquittal

Updated: 12/12/2008 - ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York National Guard soldier acquitted of murder in the deaths of two superiors in Iraq says he expected a guilty verdict despite being "very, very innocent."

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A young life changed forever by Iraq's war

Updated: 12/12/2008 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- She was a beautiful, round-faced little girl with large, coal-black eyes and an instant smile. Two years later, the 3-year-old is blind and scarred, her mother is dead and her father's new wife can't cope with caring for her.

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US general: Iran backs off worst bombs in Iraq

Updated: 12/12/2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Iran is no longer actively supplying Iraqi militias with a particularly lethal kind of roadside bomb, a decision that suggests a strategic shift by the Iranian leadership, U.S. and Iraqi authorities said Thursday.

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AP Interview: General says Iraq work far from over

Updated: 12/12/2008 - CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's security forces must develop intelligence, battlefield medicine and logistics before they can stand on their own, the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq said.

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Iraqi official urges austerity measures

Updated: 12/12/2008 - BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's finance minister is urging government departments to cut down on expenses to offset the effects of the drop in world oil prices.

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Did Obama Team Have Contact with Ill. Gov.?

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Barack Obama insists he didn't have any contact with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich or anyone else who might have been scheming to sell the president-elect's U.S. Senate seat.

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Lancet: Dozens Of Nations Inflated Vaccine Numbers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Dozens of developing countries exaggerated figures on how many children were vaccinated against deadly diseases, which allowed them to get more money from U.N.-sponsored programs, a new study said Friday.

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Report: Mugabe's Cholera Denial Was Sarcasm

Updated: 12/12/2008 - President Robert Mugabe's declaration that there was "no cholera" in Zimbabwe was sarcasm, the state newspaper reported Friday, as the opposition expressed concerns about his remarks on an epidemic that has killed nearly 800 people.

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Forgotten No More: Schools Cater To Transfers

Updated: 12/12/2008 - For many new students, the first-year college experience is an academic and social buffet, a dizzying array of activities and opportunities to herald the passage into adulthood.

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After-School Cuts stir Fears of Kids Home Alone

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Directors of after-school programs around the nation fear the deepening recession will force more children to spend afternoons home alone or on the street as cash-strapped governments slash funding and donations shrink.

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Driving Continues To Decline As Gas Prices Drop

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Drivers clocked 9 billion fewer miles on the nation's roads in October even while gas prices were dropping, suggesting a downturn in driving that began a year ago is attributable to more than just energy costs.

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Oil Prices Fall Below $45; Market Looks to OPEC

Updated: 12/12/2008 - Oil prices fell below $45 a barrel Friday in reaction to news that a $14 billion emergency bailout for U.S. automakers had collapsed in the Senate, raising more fears for the U.S. economy.

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