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Leftist President Hugo Chavez won re-election by a wide margin, giving him free reign for a more radical turn toward socialism and six more years to counter U.S. influence in Latin America and beyond.

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AP

A former Russian security service officer said he warned a former KGB agent who was fatally poisoned in London about a government-sponsored death squad that intended to kill him and other Kremlin opponents.

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Yahoo! News (UK)

Scotland Yard has been passed copies of two letters apparently penned in jail by former Russian intelligence officer Mikhail Trepashkin, in one of which Mr Litvinenko is warned that both he and his family are at risk.

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New York Times

Doctors treating former Russian Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar believed he was poisoned, an aide said Thursday. Gaidar, 50, who served briefly as prime minister in the 1990's under President Boris Yeltsin and is one of the leaders of the liberal op

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AP

Africa, a continent usually synonymous with hunger, is falling prey to obesity. It's a trend driven by new lifestyles and old beliefs that big is beautiful. Ask Nodo Njobo, a plump hairdressing assistant. She is coy about her weight, but like man

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Raw Story

Noble Americans, Were we not faced with the activities of the US administration in this part of the world and the negative ramifications of those activities on the daily lives of our peoples, coupled with the many wars and calamities caused by the

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Time

For many in Turkey, the visiting pontiff personifies the mounting hostility they feel from Europe. For many Turks, Benedict, who once warned that letting Turkey into the EU would be "a grave error against the tide of history," personifies E

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AP

Under pressure from opponents of President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's elections council has adopted safeguards for the country's electronic voting machines to prevent tampering in Sunday's election — conditions so strict that experts say th

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Irish Examiner

Tamil Tiger rebels attacked Sri Lankan troops with heavy artillery today, the military said, a day after the top Tamil Tiger leader declared a 2002 ceasefire "defunct," suggesting the insurgents would renew their violent struggle for an ind

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AP

[the first order of business] Leaders of the Islamic militia controlling much of Somalia ordered the handover of all unauthorized weapons, but did not say how it would enforce the directive in a heavily armed country amid fears of a regional w

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Reuters

Hungry for oil and gas, China may take on political risks in Iran and security risks in Iraq to get a foothold where Western firms fear to tread. Iran and Iraq together have 19 percent of global oil reserves and some of the world's biggest und

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North Shore News (kudos Steve A.)

They will sue the North Vancouver RCMP after officers responded to their hang-up 911 call by breaking down their door, making a forceful arrest and jailing them overnight when the couple refused to allow a house-search.

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McClatchy

Followers of militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took over state run TV Saturday to denouce the Iraqi government, label Sunnis "terrorists" and issue what appeared to many viewers as a call to arms. The 2 hour broadcast from a community

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Financial Times

The NATO alliance, stretched by operations in Afghanistan, should further expand its role to include counter-terrorism, cyber-security and the security of natural resources, according to a classified document to be endorsed by presidents and p

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Financial Times

A leading bank transfer service breached European Union data privacy rules by giving US anti-terror investigators access to private financial information, EU monitors found. A growing clash between Brussels and Washington over the impact of anti-terr

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Reuters

Ecuador's leftist Rafael Correa, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, appeared close to victory in Sunday's presidential run-off election after exit polls and unofficial counts showed he had surged ahead of his banana magnate rival.

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Washington Post

When African nations began urging the deployment of peacekeepers to Somalia in June to prop up its embattled government, an unlikely nation stepped forward to support their call for action: China, which had long been wary of such interventions

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NY Times

If substantial amounts of polonium 210 were used to poison Alexander V. Litvinenko, whoever did it presumably had access to a high-level nuclear laboratory and put himself at some risk carrying out the assassination, experts said.

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The Guardian

Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who is suspected of having been poisoned by his country's security services, died, the hospital treating him said. The ex-KGB officer had been fighting for his life after suffering a heart attack overnight

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