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Former South Korean Leader Kills Himself

Posted: 05/23/2009 - Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun - whose hard-won reputation as a corruption fighter was tarnished by bribery allegations that drew in his family and closest associates - jumped to his death Saturday while hiking in the mountains behind his rural home. He was 62.

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Pakistani Army Fights Taliban In Streets

Posted: 05/23/2009 - Pakistani security forces have entered the main town in a northwestern valley where Taliban fighters are holed up, engaging the militants in fierce street fights, the army's top spokesman said Saturday.

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Strong Quake Shakes Tall Buildings in Mexico City

Posted: 05/22/2009 - A strong earthquake swayed skyscrapers in Mexico City and rattled colonial buildings in neighboring Puebla state Friday, sending frightened people into the streets. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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Plane Crashes Near Brazil Resort, 11 Reported Dead

Posted: 05/22/2009 - A twin-motor plane crashed near a private airport in a northeastern coastal Brazil resort area Friday night, killing all 11 people aboard, officials and state media said.

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SKorean Ex-President Roh Dies In Apparent Suicide

Posted: 05/22/2009 - Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, embroiled in a broadening corruption scandal, died Saturday after jumping from a mountain cliff behind his rural southern home. He left behind a suicide note, his lawyer said.

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Iran Tests Missile With Range That Can Hit Israel

Posted: 05/20/2009 - Iran tested its longest-range solid-fuel missile Wednesday - a launch that displayed Tehran's reach and burnished the president's hardline reputation ahead of next month's election.

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Catholic Church Shamed By Irish Abuse Report

Posted: 05/20/2009 - After a nine-year investigation, a commission published a damning report Wednesday on decades of rapes, humiliation and beatings at Catholic Church-run reform schools for Ireland's castaway children.

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Myanmar Again Bars Access To Suu Kyi Trial

Posted: 05/20/2009 - The Myanmar government says it will again bar reporters, diplomats from Aung San Suu Kyi's trial, a day after briefly allowing them inside the courtroom for the first time.

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WHO Seeks Swine Flu Vaccine Help For Poor Nations

Posted: 05/19/2009 - The World Health Organization urged drugmakers to reserve some of their pandemic swine flu vaccine for poor countries, but received few concrete offers Tuesday as experts disclosed that an effective flu shot is still months away.

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Sri Lankan President Declares Victory Over Rebels

Posted: 05/19/2009 - Sri Lanka's president declared his country "liberated from separatist terror" Tuesday as state television broadcast images of the Tamil Tiger rebel leader's body after it was recovered from the battlefield.

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Haitians Welcome Clinton Appointment as UN Envoy

Updated: 05/19/2009 - Former President Bill Clinton became the U.N.'s first special envoy to Haiti on Tuesday, bringing an unmatched combination of local popularity and global star power to help a country devastated by political turmoil, poverty and natural disasters.

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Sri Lanka Says Civil War Over, Rebel Leader Killed

Posted: 05/18/2009 - Following more than a quarter-century of civil war, Sri Lanka faces the daunting task of trying to reconcile and rebuild after its troops routed the last Tamil Tiger separatist rebels Monday and killed their feared leader.

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Pakistan Denies Nuclear Expansion

Posted: 05/18/2009 - Pakistan denied Monday it was expanding its nuclear arsenal, a week after the top U.S. military officer said there was evidence it was doing so.

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Nations Urge Caution Over Flu Response

Posted: 05/18/2009 - China, Britain, Japan and other countries urged the World Health Organization on Monday to be very cautious about declaring the arrival of a swine flu pandemic, fearing that a premature announcement could cause worldwide panic and confusion. WHO bent to their wishes.

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Mullen: 2 Years To Turn Tide In Afghan War

Posted: 05/18/2009 - The top U.S. military officer warned Monday that the deaths of Afghan civilians caught up in American combat operations could cripple President Barack Obama's revamped strategy for the seven-year-old war.

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Pope Ends Holy Land Pilgrimage With Call For Peace

Posted: 05/15/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI ended his pilgrimage to the Holy Land Friday with a stirring call for peace at the site of Jesus' crucifixion and then made an emotional appeal to Israel and the Palestinians: "No more bloodshed. No more fighting. No more terrorism. No more war."

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Sri Lankan Prez: War To Be Finished In 48 hours

Posted: 05/15/2009 - Sri Lanka's president vowed to end the decades-old war against the Tamil Tiger rebels within 48 hours as the military battled Friday to take complete control of the country's coastline.

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British Explorers Cut Short Trek To North Pole

Updated: 05/14/2009 - British explorers in northern Canada to measure the thickness of floating Arctic sea ice ended their expedition short of reaching the North Pole due to an early summer ice melt, the team said Thursday.

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US Navy Detains 17 Suspected Pirates

Updated: 05/14/2009 - A team of specialized American sailors apprehended 17 suspected pirates who attacked an Egyptian merchant ship in the dangerous waters off Yemen, the U.S. Navy said Thursday.

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WHO Meets on Production of Swine Flu Vaccine

Updated: 05/14/2009 - As swine flu cases topped 6,600 worldwide, vaccine makers and other experts met Thursday at the World Health Organization to discuss the tough decisions that must be made quickly to fight the evolving virus.

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Myanmar Democracy Activist Charged By Junta

Updated: 05/14/2009 - Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was charged Thursday with breaking the terms of her house arrest just two weeks before she was to go free, a move seen as an attempt by the military junta to silence its chief opponent ahead of next year's election.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi To Be Tried

Updated: 05/13/2009 - Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was taken by armed escort Thursday to a prison compound where she will be tried in connection with the intrusion of an American man who sneaked into her compound, her lawyer said.

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In Bethlehem, Pope Calls For Palestinian State

Updated: 05/13/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI made a powerful plea Wednesday for a Palestinian state, mixing prayer and politics at Jesus' birthplace and expressing solidarity at a refugee camp with "all the homeless Palestinians who long to be able to return to their birthplace."

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Pakistan's Religious Minorities Report Violence

Updated: 05/13/2009 - Fauzia Abrar had finally gotten her crying baby to sleep when screaming men pounded on the steel doors of her home in the mostly Christian slum in the port city of Karachi.

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