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The Hajj: A Perfect Storm For Swine Flu?

Posted: 11/24/2009 - Forget stampedes, fires and terrorist attacks. The big fear this year concerning the Hajj, the annual millions-strong pilgrimage to Mecca, is swine flu.

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Iraqi Leader Says He Will Veto 2nd Try At Election Law

Posted: 11/24/2009 - Iraq's Sunni Arab vice president said Tuesday he will again veto legislation that sets the framework for the country's upcoming elections, saying revisions passed after his first veto made the bill worse.

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Clinton Lauds 'Special Relationship' Between India And U.S.

Posted: 11/24/2009 - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, praising what she called the special U.S.-Indian relationship, welcomed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice President Joe Biden to a formal lunch at the State Department Tuesday.

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Two Executed In China Over Tainted Milk

Posted: 11/24/2009 - Two people were executed Tuesday in China for their part in a tainted milk scandal that killed at least six babies and sickened about 300,000 others, state-run media reported.

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Galileo Fingers Rediscovered A Century After Disappearance

Posted: 11/23/2009 - Two fingers cut from the hand of Italian astronomer Galileo nearly 300 years ago have been rediscovered after more than a century and will go on display next year, an Italian museum director said Monday.

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Iranian Leader Visits Brazil

Posted: 11/23/2009 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed a series of agreements Monday as the controversial Iranian leader began the first leg of a tour of three Latin American countries.

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Koreans Make Plastics Without Fossil Fuel Chemicals

Updated: 11/23/2009 - A team of South Korean scientists have produced the polymers used for everyday plastics through bioengineering, rather than through the use of fossil fuel-based chemicals.

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Closing Arguments In Khmer Rouge Trial

Posted: 11/23/2009 - A U.N.-backed Cambodian court started closing arguments Monday in the trial of a former Khmer Rouge prison chief accused of killing thousands of people three decades ago.

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Sea Level Rise Could Cost Port Cities $28 Trillion

Posted: 11/23/2009 - A possible rise in sea levels by 0.5 meters by 2050 could put at risk more than $28 trillion worth of assets in the world's largest coastal cities, according to a report compiled for the insurance industry.

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Italy Debates Public Crosses

Posted: 11/23/2009 - The crucifix is at least two feet tall, with the figure of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns and hangs centered on the wall behind the judge. Even at the murder trial of Amanda Knox, the cross is a constant symbol of Italian history, identity and justice.

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UK Police Settle Over De Menezes Shooting

Posted: 11/23/2009 - Police in London have reached a settlement with the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, whom officers shot dead in 2005, mistaking him for a suicide bomber.

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21 Abducted, Killed In 'Gruesome Massacre' In Philippines

Posted: 11/23/2009 - Gunmen killed at least 21 people, a dozen journalists reported among them, in the Philippines on Monday in what a presidential adviser called the most "gruesome massacre of civilians" in recent history.

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