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Mexico's drug killings 'soaring'

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 0:26
related countries: Mexico Mexico

Drug-related killings in Mexico already exceed last year's total despite the deployment of 30,000 troops, reports say.
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Greek champion fails drugs test

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 0:31
related countries: Greece Greece

Reigning Olympic 400m hurdles champion Fani Halkia reveals she has failed a drugs test and will be unable to defend her title.
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Summit targets world water issues

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 1:20
related countries: Sweden Sweden
related places: A

A summit this week in Sweden will tackle the key issue of water, including sanitation, climate change and drinkable supplies.
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US rivals try to woo Christians

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 2:27
related countries: United States United States
related places: Christian

The US presidential hopefuls try to woo Christian voters in their first joint appearance since securing nomination.
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Phelps wins historic eighth gold

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 3:19
related countries: China China

American swimmer Michael Phelps wins his eighth gold medal of the Beijing Olympics to beat Mark Spitz's record of seven.
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Turkish warplanes 'bomb PKK base'

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 9:25
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Turkey Turkey

The Turkish military says its warplanes have "successfully" hit a base of PKK Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.
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Tomescu wins as Radcliffe toils

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 9:33
related countries: China China
related places: Beijing

Paula Radcliffe shows her spirit to finish the Olympic marathon in 23rd place in Beijing as Romania's Constantina Tomescu wins gold.
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Wooing Christians

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 9:40
related countries: United States United States

US presidential rivals shine at a church forum
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'Pray at the pump' pilgrims claim credit for petrol price fall

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 11:42
related countries: United States United States

A prayer group in Washington DC is claiming the credit for a sharp drop in the US price of petrol.
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Respects paid to comic Bernie Mac

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 11:56
related countries: United States United States
related places: Chicago

Actor Samuel L Jackson is among the mourners at the funeral of US comedian Bernie Mac, which has taken place in Chicago.
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Deal fears

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 12:29
related countries: Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's MDC wary of power-sharing promises
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S Lankan army 'takes rebel base'

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 13:25
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's military report capturing a training complex of the Tamil Tiger rebels complete with 100 underground bunkers.
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Team win gains China gold record

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 14:17
related countries: China China

China win the women's table tennis team event to overtake their previous best of 32 Olympic gold medals.
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Fraser leads Jamaica 100m sweep

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 16:19
related countries: Jamaica Jamaica

Shelly-Ann Fraser takes Olympic gold in the women's 100m, leading home an unprecedented clean sweep for Jamaica.
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Golds fire Britain up medal table

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 16:57
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Great Britain rise to third in the Olympic medal table with four golds in sailing, rowing and cycling.
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Iran launches satellite carrier

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 17:14
related countries: Iran Iran

Iran has launched its first domestically-produced satellite into space, the country's media says.
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Russia pledge on Georgia pull-out

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 20:09
related countries: Georgia Georgia, Russia Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says his forces will begin withdrawing from Georgia on Monday.
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Baghdad suicide bomber kills 15

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 20:32
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Baghdad

A suicide bomber kills at least 15 people, including an anti-al-Qaeda leader, in a mainly Sunni part of Iraq's capital, Baghdad.
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Iran rocket launch 'troubles' US

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 20:49
related countries: Iran Iran

The US expresses concern after Iran says it has successfully launched a rocket capable of carrying a domestic satellite.
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Pope urges fight against racism

Sunday 17th of August 2008, 21:43
related countries: Italy Italy

Pope Benedict urges Christians to help combat intolerance towards foreigners amid a row over criticism of Italy's government.
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