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Brazilians Flee Flooding, Stay In Cow Pens

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Brazilians huddled in cow pens converted into emergency shelters Friday, as swollen rivers continue to rise and northern Brazil's worst floods in decades boosted the number of homeless to nearly 300,000.

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Pakistani Army Vows to Oust Taliban Militants

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Pakistan's army vowed Friday to eliminate militants from a northwestern valley but warned that its under-equipped troops face thousands of Taliban extremists who have seized towns, planted bombs made from pressure cookers, and dragooned children to be suicide bombers.

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US Denies 147 Civilians Killed in Afghan Violence

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Video of the aftermath of a disputed incident involving American forces and the Taliban shows bloodied bodies of children laid out with other corpses, confirming international Red Cross findings at the two remote villages in western Afghanistan.

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Hong Kong Lifts Hotel Quarantine Where Flu Found

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Hong Kong lifted a weeklong quarantine Friday of an upscale hotel where Asia's first swine flu case was traced, allowing 280 guests and workers to end an isolation that was criticized as overkill by some but a medical necessity by authorities.

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Warning: Sunspot Cycle Beginning to Rise

Updated: 05/08/2009 - When the sun sneezes it's Earth that gets sick. It's time for the sun to move into a busier period for sunspots, and while forecasters expect a relatively mild outbreak by historical standards, one major solar storm can cause havoc with satellites and electrical systems here.

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Lost Teen's Emergency Calls Prove Futile

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Seven times, teenage hiker David Iredale used his cell phone to call Australia's equivalent of 911, pleading for rescue after he became lost in tough scrubland and ran out of water in 100-degree (37 C) heat.

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Pope Expresses Respect For Islam in Jordan

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Pope Benedict XVI began his first trip to the Middle East on Friday, expressing his "deep respect" for Islam and hopes that the Catholic Church would be a force for peace in the region as he treaded carefully following past missteps with Muslims and Jews.

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Hundreds of Thousands Flee Pakistan Fighting

Updated: 05/08/2009 - Pakistani jets screamed over a Taliban-controlled town Friday and bombed suspected militant positions as hundreds of thousands fled in terror and other trapped residents appealed for a pause in the fighting so they could escape.

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Amateur Video Catches US-Taliban Fighting

Updated: 05/08/2009 - The U.S. military said Friday that reports that as many as 147 civilians died in fighting involving American forces and the Taliban were "extremely over-exaggerated.

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Mexico Says Flu Ebbing, Lowers Alert Level

Updated: 05/04/2009 - Mexican officials lowered their flu alert level in the capital on Monday and said they will allow cafes, museums and libraries to reopen this week. World health officials weighed raising their pandemic alert to the highest level.

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Couple Has Sex On Queen's Lawn

Updated: 05/01/2009 - Hoping to catch a glimpse of royalty, tourists at England's Windsor Castle Thursday saw something akin to a skin flick.

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Pakistan Fighting Leaves Dozens Dead

Updated: 05/01/2009 - An escalating battle between security forces and Taliban militants left more than 50 dead in a district near the capital even as Pakistan's government pressed on Friday with a much-criticized peace plan in the region, officials said.

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Mexico Plans Shutdown To Squelch Swine Flu

Updated: 04/30/2009 - Mexico took even more drastic action to squelch a swine flu epidemic, ordering a suspension of private business activity and nonessential federal government activities, as the World Health Organization ratcheted up an alert, warning that "all of humanity" is threatened.

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12 Slain In Shooting At Azerbaijan's Oil Academy

Updated: 04/30/2009 - A gunman opened fire at Azerbaijan's prestigious oil industry academy on Thursday, killing 12 people and wounding 13 before turning the gun on himself, the government said.

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Three Acquitted Of Aiding 2005 London Bombers

Updated: 04/28/2009 - Three men accused of helping plan the 2005 London transit bombings were acquitted Tuesday of playing a part role in the plot, a blow to investigators' hopes of convicting anyone for the worst attack on Britain since World War II.

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Study: SE Asia Will Be Hit Hard By Climate Change

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Southeast Asia will be hit particularly hard by climate change, causing the region's agriculture-dependent economies to contract by as much as 6.7 percent annually by the end of the century, according to a study released Monday.

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Colombian Woman Arraigned on Terror Charges

Updated: 04/27/2009 - A woman extradited from Colombia was arraigned Monday on terrorism charges for allegedly supporting leftist rebels in her native country.

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Early Swine Flu Victim's Widow Not Told of Disease

Updated: 04/27/2009 - The 39-year-old bricklayer fell ill two weeks ago and became one of the first Mexicans to die of swine flu. But no health worker has come to his home outside Mexico City to offer medicine or ask about the neighbors' pigs.

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Quake Rattles Swine Flu-Stricken Mexico

Updated: 04/27/2009 - A strong earthquake struck central Mexico on Monday, rattling nerves in a city already tense from a swine flu outbreak suspected of killing as many as 149 people nationwide.

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Muslim Calligrapher Writes Luke's Gospel For Pope

Updated: 04/27/2009 - Muslim calligrapher Yasser Abu Saymeh has dedicated the past two months to Christian art, writing the Gospel of Luke in ornate Arabic script to be presented to Pope Benedict XVI when the Roman Catholic leader visits the Holy Land next month.

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Peace in Peril, But Pakistan Says Don't 'Panic'

Updated: 04/27/2009 - A Pakistani military offensive against insurgent hideouts prompted suspension of controversial peace talks with the Taliban Monday, and the country's president sought additional foreign aid to assure its nuclear arms remain in "safe hands."

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