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Pakistan's PM backtracks on military offensive comments

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani made a U-turn Saturday -- first declaring that the military offensive against Islamic militants in South Waziristan had ended, then saying there is no timeframe for its completion.

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Search for Flight 447 data recorders to resume

Posted: 12/14/2009 - Air accident investigators are to resume the search for the flight data recorders from an Air France airliner that mysteriously crashed off Brazil six months ago, according to media reports Sunday.

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Exiled Hamas Leader Visits Iran

Posted: 12/13/2009 - Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday, according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.

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Al Qaeda Offers 'Condolences' for Innocent Victims

Posted: 12/12/2009 - On the heels of a U.S. announcement of a massive troop surge for Afghanistan, an al Qaeda spokesman Saturday appeared to be trying to improve the group's image in the region with a new audio message in English.

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Five Americans in Pakistani Custody Moved to Lahore, Police Say

Posted: 12/12/2009 - The five Americans arrested in Pakistan amid suspicion that they were plotting terrorist attacks were transferred on Saturday from the small town where they were seized to a more secure location in a larger city, police said.

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Pope 'Deeply Disturbed' Over Abuse By Irish Clergy

Posted: 12/11/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI is "deeply disturbed and distressed" by a recent report showing the Irish Catholic Church covered up child sex abuse by clergy for decades, the Vatican said Friday.

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Clinton Slams Iran As Biggest Exporter Of Terror In World

Posted: 12/11/2009 - With signs of growing international support for pressure on Iran, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lashed out at Tehran and the Revolutionary Guard military corps Friday, calling the country "the major supporter, promoter and exporter of terrorism in the world today."

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England Double Decker Crash

Posted: 12/11/2009 - Ten children suffered minor injuries when a double-decker bus hit a railway bridge in the city of Leicester, in central England, police said Friday.

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Israel Mosque Attack

Posted: 12/11/2009 - Vandals burned a mosque in the West Bank, and a Palestinian official said Friday it reflects Israeli settler rage over a government moratorium on settlement construction.

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Mideast Female Trafficking Report

Posted: 12/11/2009 - It's a subject seldom addressed publicly in the Palestinian territories, but for the first time a report Wednesday is lifting the veil on the taboo topic of female trafficking and forced prostitution -- and calling for action to stop it.

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Afghanistan Bombing

Posted: 12/11/2009 - An apparent suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan killed at least five people Friday, including two police officers, a police chief said.

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Vatican Ireland Child Abuse

Posted: 12/11/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI is "deeply disturbed and distressed" by a recent report showing the Irish Catholic Church covered up child sex abuse by clergy for decades, the Vatican said Friday.

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Iraq Violence

Posted: 12/11/2009 - Six people were killed and 21 wounded Friday in two explosions in the town of Yusufiya, about 18 miles (30 km) south of Baghdad, officials said.

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Cycling Columbia Stapleton Interview

Posted: 12/11/2009 - Team Columbia chief Bob Stapleton has praised the return of Lance Armstong to competitive cycling -- and believes his fellow-American's presence in the peloton has boosted the sport's, and his team's, profile for the better.

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UK Tiger Woods Injunction

Posted: 12/11/2009 - A British court has granted Tiger Woods an injunction prohibiting the publication of any nude pictures of him -- not that the golfer is acknowledging that such photos exist.

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Turkey Kurds Ruling

Posted: 12/11/2009 - Turkey's highest court ruled to permanently ban the country's main Kurdish political party on Friday.

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Pakistan Arrests

Posted: 12/11/2009 - A representative at the Virginia mosque of the five Americans arrested in Pakistan says it plans to conduct an inquiry into the circumstances that led to their arrests.

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Western Envoys Hint At Tougher Iran Sanctions

Posted: 12/11/2009 - The United States and other envoys at the United Nations slammed Iran on Thursday for transporting arms and ammunition to Syria, saying the clock is ticking for the Islamic republic -- which could face tougher sanctions next year over its nuclear program.

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KGB Chief Ordered Hitler's Remains Burned In 1970

Posted: 12/10/2009 - The remains of Adolf Hitler were burned in 1970 by Soviet KGB agents and thrown into a river in Germany on direct orders from the spy agency's chief, a top Russian security official said this week.

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Missile Strike May Have Killed Top Al-Qaeda Leader

Posted: 12/10/2009 - American military experts tell CBS News a drone missile fire from a Predator, has more than likely taken out one of the organizations high-ranking operatives in Pakistan.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Cancels Meeting With U.S. Defense Secretary

Posted: 12/10/2009 - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki canceled a planned meeting with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday after being summoned by Iraqi lawmakers to discuss a huge bombing in the capital earlier this week.

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