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Associated Press

Considered felons by the government, these migrants fear detention, rape and robbery. Police and soldiers hunt them down at railroads, bus stations and fleabag hotels. Sometimes they are deported; more often officers simply take their money.

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Reuters

Chile's new President Michelle Bachelet is facing her first big political test, one some might envy: too much money from the country's rich copper exports. Zooming copper income has inundated Chile with greenbacks, making the local peso curre

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Agence France Presse

The Australian media heaped scorn on the performances of 2 senior ministers at an official inquiry into a scandal over huge bribes paid to Saddam Hussein's Iraq by the nation's monopoly wheat exporter. "I don't know" and "I

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AFP

A fatwa issued by Egypt’s top religious authority, which forbids the display of statues has art-lovers fearing it, could be used by Islamic extremists as an excuse to destroy Egypt’s historical heritage. [Start with the Sphinx.]

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BBC News

"The legal constraints upon us have to be set against an enemy that adheres no constraints whatsoever, but an enemy so swift to insist that we do in every particular, and that makes life very difficult for the forces of democracy," said the

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New York Times

President Hugo Chávez is spending billions of dollars of his country's oil windfall on pet projects abroad, aimed at setting up his leftist government as a political counterpoint to the conservative Bush administration in the region

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Agence France Presse

Opponents of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra welcomed the premier's sudden announcement that he would step down in a bid to reunite a nation divided by weeks of protests. Public anger erupted over his family's $1.9-billion tax-free sale of

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Agence France Presse

A Chinese government-backed holding company, has agreed to buy into a major Western Australia iron ore project in a deal potentially worth more than $1.2 billion US dollars. Agreed purchase of over 6 billion tons of magnetite

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Reuters

Australia and China signed a nuclear safeguards deal that set the stage for huge uranium exports to Beijing for its power industry, but Canberra said the trade was unlikely to start for some years. China is expected to build 40 to 50 nuclear power pl

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Agence France Presse

Lebanon sank deeper into political crisis after anti-Syrian ministers walked out of a cabinet meeting in protest at the presence of pro-Damascus President Emile Lahoud, who is under mounting pressure to resign. An economic crisis has pushed public de

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New York Times

This is the other front of Pakistan's widening civil unrest, not the tribal areas along the Afghan border where the US would like the government to press a campaign against Islamic militants, but the restive province of Baluchistan, home to an in

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Express India

Saudi Arabia is working secretly on a nuclear program, with help from Pakistani experts, the German magazine Cicero reports. Saudi bar codes can be found on half of Pakistan's nuclear weapons "because it is Saudi Arabia which ultimate

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Associated Press

On his last visit to Iran, Canadian-based blogger Hossein Derakhshan was detained and interrogated, then forced to sign a letter of apology for his blog writings before being allowed to leave the country. Compared to others, Derakhshan is lucky.

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Reuters

Belarussian courts jailed for up to 15 days on public order offences more than 150 mostly young protesters detained when police broke up rallies against a presidential election judged unfair by the West. No defense lawyers were present and the verdic

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The Independent

Complaining of unpaid wages, and demanding better conditions, the labourers marched out of the cramped, stifling dormitories where they are corralled 25 to a room in violent protests which caused $1m worth of damage. They overturned cars and smashed

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Associated Press

Thousands of Belarusians defied a massive show of force by the hard-line government, protesting in streets swarming with riot police and gathering peacefully in a park to denounce President Lukashenko after a disputed election returned him to power.

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Reuters

In the most audacious public challenge to the man who has just been re-elected after running Belarus with an iron rod for 12 years, his challenger told a rally: "I declare the creation of a Popular Movement for the Liberation of Belarus."

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BBC News

The EU and US are to impose sanctions against Belarus over an election that gave President Lukashenko a landslide victory and 3rd term. The opposition says 500 people were detained after riot police broke up a 5-day long protest against the poll.

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Associated Press

Russia and China pledged to cooperate more closely in producing oil and gas, and the Russian president vowed to go forward with a much-anticipated pipeline to carry Siberian oil to fuel China's booming economy.

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Reuters

Basque separatist group ETA declared a permanent ceasefire in its struggle for independence from Spain. A ceasefire would be the first step in a long-awaited peace process with ETA, which has killed 850 people since 1968 in its fight to carve an inde

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Reuters

Hundreds of protesters defied Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko for a third day, massing in the capital to protest over his re-election, denounced as flawed by Washington and independent observers.

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Financial Times

Taiwan’s independence-minded government has started to remove statues of the nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek from its military bases in an effort to rid its armed forces of a symbol of dictatorship and Chinese unification.

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