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Iraq abandons nationwide census

Monday 17th of August 2009, 0:33
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Iraq postpones indefinitely its nationwide census over fears that it could stoke ethnic and political tensions.
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N Korea eases South tourism rules

Monday 17th of August 2009, 3:03
related countries: North Korea North Korea

North Korea says it will resume tourism and family reunion visits for the South but at the same time orders a full military alert.
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Mexico in major customs shake-up

Monday 17th of August 2009, 3:20
related countries: Mexico Mexico

Mexico replaces more than 1,000 customs agents at all border points with newly trained staff in a corruption crackdown.
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UK Afghan forces 'are undeterred'

Monday 17th of August 2009, 3:33
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Military chiefs insist British troops in Afghanistan are "undeterred" by the violence despite the UK military death toll passing 200.
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Australia plans new terror laws

Monday 17th of August 2009, 3:38
related countries: Australia Australia

Australia plans to amend its anti-terrorism laws to change definitions of terror and give more powers to the police.
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Thaksin supporters mass in Bangkok

Monday 17th of August 2009, 4:15
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Thousands of demonstrators loyal to former PM Thaksin Shinawatra gather in the first mass action since the violence in April.
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Strong quakes rattle East Asia

Monday 17th of August 2009, 4:30
related countries: Taiwan Taiwan, Indonesia Indonesia, Japan Japan

Strong quakes hit Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia's Sumatra but no casualties are reported.
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UK toddler dies in balcony tragedy

Monday 17th of August 2009, 4:49
related countries: Italy Italy, United Kingdom United Kingdom

An 18-month-old British boy dies in a fall from a balcony at a hotel on the Italian island of Sardinia.
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Cash aid for Bangladesh jockeys

Monday 17th of August 2009, 5:05
related countries: Bangladesh Bangladesh

Hundreds of Bangladeshi boys who worked as camel jockeys in the UAE begin receiving compensation.
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Alien debut lands box office gold

Monday 17th of August 2009, 7:20
related countries: South Africa South Africa

A South African film about aliens by a first-time director with a cast of unknowns tops the North America box office.
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Feeling down

Monday 17th of August 2009, 7:32
related countries: Japan Japan

Japan exits recession amid little optimism
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India PM warns of fresh attacks

Monday 17th of August 2009, 8:02
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, India India

Indian PM Manmohan Singh says he has "credible information" that Pakistan-based militants are plotting fresh attacks.
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UN investigates Australia rights

Monday 17th of August 2009, 8:03
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Australia Australia

A senior UN official investigates complaints by Australian Aboriginal communities that the government is violating their rights.
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China villagers storm lead plant

Monday 17th of August 2009, 8:32
related countries: China China

Hundreds of Chinese villagers break into a factory that poisoned more than 600 children, reports say.
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Australia's fire system 'flawed'

Monday 17th of August 2009, 8:58
related countries: Australia Australia

An investigation into Australia's wildfires earlier this year urges sweeping changes to the warning system and evacuation policy.
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Pakistan bomb explosion kills six

Monday 17th of August 2009, 9:01
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

A bomb blast at a petrol station in north-western Pakistan kills at least six people, police say.
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Vast majority of dollar bills in US capital bear cocaine traces

Monday 17th of August 2009, 9:09
related countries: United States United States

The largest study of banknotes finds that 95% of dollar bills in Washington DC bear traces of the illegal drug cocaine.
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UN guards repel Somalia attack

Monday 17th of August 2009, 9:12
related countries: Somalia Somalia

Somali militants are beaten back from a UN base after a firefight which leaves three gunmen dead, the UN says.
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Japan's economy leaves recession

Monday 17th of August 2009, 9:20
related countries: Japan Japan

Japan follows Germany, France and Hong Kong out of recession by recording growth in the second quarter.
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Zuma marks 100 days as president

Monday 17th of August 2009, 9:25
related countries: South Africa South Africa

South African President Jacob Zuma marks 100 days in office, as the country battles its first recession for 17 years.
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Nasa assembles Ares test rocket

Monday 17th of August 2009, 9:34
related countries: United States United States

The US space agency has completed the assembly of its Ares I-X rocket ahead of a test flight scheduled for October.
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Madonna fans delay Warsaw concert

Monday 17th of August 2009, 9:50
related countries: Poland Poland
related places: Warsaw

Madonna makes an emotional tribute to her fans after they delay her concert by singing Happy Birthday to her.
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NZ thief leaves his name at the scene of his crime

Monday 17th of August 2009, 10:28
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

A thief in New Zealand takes the unusual step of leaving his contact details at the scene of his crime.
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Pilot dies as Russia jets collide

Monday 17th of August 2009, 10:33
related countries: Russia Russia

Two Russian fighters collide training for an air show, killing the team's commander and injuring five people on the ground.
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Pakistan 'extremist' is shot dead

Monday 17th of August 2009, 10:57
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

The head of Pakistan largest extremist group is shot dead by militants in the southern province of Sindh, police say.
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Reform woes

Monday 17th of August 2009, 11:17
related countries: Russia Russia

What is the real state of the Russian Army?
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100-day wonder?

Monday 17th of August 2009, 11:45
related countries: South Africa South Africa

South African views on Jacob Zuma's time in office so far
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Mubarak firm on Arab-Israeli ties

Monday 17th of August 2009, 13:05
related countries: Israel Israel, Egypt Egypt

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak insists Arab states will only recognise Israel as part of a comprehensive peace deal.
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Taiwan receives international aid

Monday 17th of August 2009, 13:36
related countries: Taiwan Taiwan, United States United States

International aid, including US military helicopters, arrives in Taiwan, more than a week after Typhoon Morakot hit the island.
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US Peace Corps quits Mauritania

Monday 17th of August 2009, 14:14
related countries: Mauritania Mauritania, United States United States

The American Peace Corps says it has withdrawn more than 100 of its aid workers from Mauritania because of security concerns.
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Shares suspended in Nigeria banks

Monday 17th of August 2009, 14:23
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

Shares in five Nigerian banks, which were bailed out by the government last week, have been suspended.
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Anti-gay attacks on rise in Iraq

Monday 17th of August 2009, 14:43
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Gay Iraqis are being murdered in a brutal co-ordinated campaign involving militia forces, a rights group says.
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Ex-wife blamed for Kuwait inferno

Monday 17th of August 2009, 14:53
related countries: Kuwait Kuwait

Police investigating a deadly blaze at a Kuwaiti wedding on Saturday say the groom's ex-wife has confessed to starting it.
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Campaign change

Monday 17th of August 2009, 15:18
related countries: Japan Japan

Japan's parties use a new and different style to woo voters
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Zambia clears ex-leader Chiluba

Monday 17th of August 2009, 15:55
related countries: Zambia Zambia

Zambia's former president, Frederick Chiluba, is cleared of embezzling $500,000 during his 10-year presidency.
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Obama may soften healthcare plan

Monday 17th of August 2009, 16:04
related countries: United States United States

US President Barack Obama's senior aides hint his healthcare reforms may be watered down, as opponents apply pressure.
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Afghan campaign draws to a close

Monday 17th of August 2009, 16:39
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

On the last day of campaigning before Thursday's poll, candidates in the Afghan presidential election woo voters.
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Tanzania police cleared of murder

Monday 17th of August 2009, 16:41
related countries: Tanzania Tanzania

The first-ever trial of police officers accused of killing civilians in Tanzania ends with acquittals for all eight officers.
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Hearing for US death row inmate

Monday 17th of August 2009, 17:02
related countries: Georgia Georgia, United States United States

A US man on death row over the murder of a policeman in Georgia should receive a new hearing, the Supreme Court rules.
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Hearing for US death row inmate

Monday 17th of August 2009, 17:02
related countries: Georgia Georgia, United States United States

A US man on death row over the murder of a policeman in Georgia should receive a new hearing, the Supreme Court rules.
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Cairo protests at swine flu bans

Monday 17th of August 2009, 17:36
related countries: Egypt Egypt
related places: Cairo

Angry scenes are reported at Cairo airport as some Muslims are banned from travelling to Mecca over swine flu fears.
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Russia finds missing cargo ship

Monday 17th of August 2009, 18:50
related countries: Cape Verde Cape Verde, Russia Russia

Moscow says it has found a missing cargo vessel near the Cape Verde islands and retrieved its 15-member Russian crew.
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Many killed in Ingushetia attack

Monday 17th of August 2009, 19:07
related countries: Russia Russia

At least 20 people are killed and more than 138 injured by a bomb attack at a police station in southern Russia.
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Sri Lanka refugee camps 'flooded'

Monday 17th of August 2009, 19:38
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Heavy rain in northern Sri Lanka has flooded the government-run camps where Tamil war refugees are being held, reports say.
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Bekele wins fourth straight title

Monday 17th of August 2009, 20:02
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Berlin

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele claims his fourth successive 10,000m world title with a stunning performance in Berlin.
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Deadly explosion at Siberia power plant

Monday 17th of August 2009, 21:49
related countries: Russia Russia

A blast at Russia's largest hydro-electric power station kills eight workers and leaves 54 missing, investigators say.
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Obama urges Afghan patience

Monday 17th of August 2009, 22:04
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United States United States

The US president says there will be no quick victory over the Taliban in Afghanistan, two days before elections there.
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Bamiyan promise

Monday 17th of August 2009, 23:24
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Putting the Afghan province back on the map
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