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Italian Banks Accept Cheese As Collateral

Posted: 08/21/2009 - The program is an elegant way for Parmesan producers to pump cash into their business while their product is otherwise sitting on a shelf for the long aging process - their loan matures along with the cheese.

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Top Candidates In Afghanistan Claim Victory

Posted: 08/21/2009 - President Hamid Karzai and top challenger Abdullah Abdullah each positioned themselves on Friday as the winner of Afghanistan's presidential election, one day after millions of Afghans braved dozens of militant attacks to cast ballots.

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1,300 Chinese Kids Get Lead Poisoning

Posted: 08/20/2009 - A Chinese state news agency says more than 1,300 children have been sickened by lead poisoning in Hunan province, the second such case involving a large of children in the last month.

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Thousands Greet Lockerbie Bomber in Libya

Posted: 08/20/2009 - Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was freed Thursday from his Scottish prison cell on compassionate grounds, despite American pleas to keep him locked up for life.

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Post Survey: Afghan War Not Worth Fighting

Posted: 08/20/2009 - A majority of Americans now see the war in Afghanistan as not worth fighting, and just a quarter say more U.S. troops should be sent to the country, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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Shipwreck Pocket Watch Returned After 128 Years

Posted: 08/20/2009 - A glimpse of something shiny on the ocean floor nine years ago led a Welsh diver to uncover a piece of local history that had been forgotten for more than a century.

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Owner Sentenced In Fatal Club Fire; Band Absolved

Posted: 08/20/2009 - Argentina's Court of Justice on Wednesday convicted and sentenced a club owner to 20 years in prison for a deadly club fire that killed 194 people but absolved the band that had played that night of responsibility for the tragedy.

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London Police Arrest 2 In Bold $65M Jewelry Heist

Posted: 08/20/2009 - Two men were arrested Wednesday in connection with this month's brazen London jewelry store robbery of millions of dollars worth of gems, Metropolitan Police said.

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Swiss Bank UBS to Divulge at Least 4,450 Account Names

Posted: 08/19/2009 - The Swiss government will turn over names of suspected tax-dodgers who have held 4,450 secret accounts at banking giant UBS; accounts that at one point held as much as $18 billion, U.S. officials said Wednesday morning.

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Large Carnivorous Plant Discovery

Posted: 08/19/2009 - Botanists believe they have discovered one of the world's largest carnivorous plants in Southeast Asia.

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Robbers Killed In Gunbattle At Kabul Bank

Posted: 08/19/2009 - -- Police stormed a bank and killed three armed robbers Wednesday in Afghanistan's capital after their robbery attempt had escalated into a gun battle with security officers.

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Diver Survives Sharks in 12-Mile Swim

Posted: 08/18/2009 - A Russian scuba diver was swept away by the strong currents off southern Egypt; three others with him are missing.

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Court Allows Lockerbie Bomber To Drop Apeal

Posted: 08/18/2009 - A Scottish court has formally allowed Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi to abandon his second appeal against his conviction over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, in which 270 people were killed when an airliner was blown out of the sky.

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Decomposing Miozart's Death

Posted: 08/18/2009 - More than two centuries after Wolfang Amadeus Mozart died at age 35 at his home in Vienna, Austria, researchers have concluded that the composer likely died of a streptococcal infection leading to kidney failure.

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U.S. Report: Chavez Moving To Silence Media Critics

Posted: 08/18/2009 - The recent closure of 32 privately owned radio stations and a proposed law to punish "media crimes" are signs that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is moving to quash criticism of his government, according to a recent U.S. intelligence report.

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