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What happend on August 20th 2009

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Canada PM focuses on Arctic north

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 0:19
related countries: Canada Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits the Arctic region in a bid to promote Canada's sovereignty in the far north.
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N Korea sends US 'good signals'

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 1:42
related countries: North Korea North Korea, United States United States

North Korea is "sending good signals" over restarting nuclear dialogue with the US, a senior US politician says.
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Suu Kyi intruder returned to US

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 1:49
related countries: Burma Burma, United States United States

John Yettaw, the man jailed in Burma for visiting opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, returns home to the US.
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Are you voting in Afghanistan?

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 2:18
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Millions of Afghans are going to the polls in a presidential election. Are you voting?
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Half of India affected by drought

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 5:45
related countries: India India

Nearly half of India's districts have been hit by drought that could affect the production of rice, a minister says.
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Tesco to create 800 finance jobs

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 7:42
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Glasgow

Tesco Personal Finance announces plans to create up to 800 jobs in Glasgow as part of an expansion in Scotland.
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Live Ashes - England v Australia

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 7:42
related countries: Australia Australia

England lose Andrew Flintoff to a loose stroke as Australia take their sixth wicket on day one at The Oval.
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India state bans book on Jinnah

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 7:58
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, India India

Authorities in the Indian state of Gujarat state ban a controversial book on Pakistan's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
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Man or woman?

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 8:00
related countries: South Africa South Africa

South African champion's gender stirs debate
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Mexico frees 'drug lord' mother

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 8:24
related countries: Mexico Mexico

Mexican officials free the mother of a suspected drug gang leader arrested briefly amid a policy of targeting traffickers' families.
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Australia-China tie 'challenging'

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 8:25
related countries: Aruba Aruba, China China
related places: Beijing

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says ties with China are "challenging", as his Beijing ambassador flies home for talks.
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Israel TV star found dead in cell

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 8:34
related countries: Israel Israel

Veteran Israeli television personality Dudu Topaz hangs himself in his prison cell, prison officials say.
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Iran's president unveils cabinet

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 9:04
related countries: Iran Iran

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveils a new cabinet, with women for the first time since the 1979 revolution.
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Arctic Sea crew return to Russia

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 9:19
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

The crew and suspected hijackers of the Arctic Sea - the cargo ship found off West Africa on Monday - arrive in Moscow.
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Lemurs butchered in Madagascar

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 9:44
related countries: Madagascar Madagascar

Shocking pictures of slaughtered lemurs killed for bush meat are released by a campaign group.
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'Hundreds ill' near China smelter

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 9:46
related countries: China China

China closes a second metal smelter after more than 1,300 children fall sick with lead poisoning, state media say.
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Niger sets date for disputed poll

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 9:55
related countries: Niger Niger

Niger's parliamentary election is set for 20 October, amid continuing controversy over the new constitution.
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Germany offers Opel suitor loan

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 10:13
related countries: Canada Canada, Germany Germany

Germany is prepared to give a 4.5bn euros loan to Opel if its favoured suitor - Canada's Magna - is chosen to take over the firm.
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NZ finds new 'Lord of the Ring' in quest for lost wedding band

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 10:14
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

A New Zealand man who promised to find the wedding ring he lost in the ocean, retrieves it after 16 months, and is dubbed a new Lord of the Ring.
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Sri Lankan army in refugee call

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 10:34
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's new army chief calls for a rapid resettlement of the 250,000 displaced people currently in government camps.
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What is the impact of Lockerbie release?

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 11:00
related countries: United States United States

The Scottish government has again defended its decision to release the Lockerbie bomber amid mounting criticism. What is your reaction?
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Lockerbie bomber to be told fate

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 11:53
related countries: Libya Libya

The terminally-ill Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing is expected to learn later he is being freed from prison.
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Kenya drought worsens hunger risk

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 12:15
related countries: Kenya Kenya

A prolonged drought in central and south-eastern Kenya increases the number of people needing emergency food aid, the UN warns.
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Afghans vote amid militant threat

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 12:57
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Polls close in Afghanistan's presidential poll, as voting passes off without major violence despite threats from the Taliban.
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Pakistan Taliban 'power struggle'

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 13:20
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Taliban

A major power struggle appears to have broken out between the diverse militant factions that make up the Taliban in Pakistan.
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HK's Yeung moves on Birmingham City

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 13:30
related countries: Hong Kong Hong Kong

Hong Kong-based businessman Carson Yeung has put down a £3m deposit with a view to taking over Birmingham City.
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Russia blast prompts major review

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 14:46
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia is to review the state of key installations following the deadly explosion at a big Siberian hydro-electric power plant.
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Blackwater 'hired for CIA plan'

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 14:49
related countries: United States United States
related places: Blackwater

The CIA hired US private security firm Blackwater to help track and kill senior al-Qaeda figures, the New York Times reports.
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Nigeria oil rights grab 'illegal'

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 14:54
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria, North Korea North Korea

Nigeria's high court rules the government illegally revoked exploration licences granted to a South Korean oil consortium.
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Air France 'black box' hunt ends

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 14:59
related countries: France France, Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean

French investigators abandon the search for the 'black boxes' from the Air France passenger jet which crashed in the Atlantic Ocean.
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North Korea to lift border curbs

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 15:35
related countries: South Korea South Korea, North Korea North Korea
related places: Seoul

North Korea is to ease curbs on cross-border traffic - the latest of what a US official called "good signals" from Pyongyang.
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Live - Athletics World Championships

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 15:37
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Usain Bolt wins 200m gold and GB's William Sharman gets a stunning fourth in the 110m hurdles final.
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Gender storm

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 16:52
related countries: South Africa South Africa

South Africa unites behind new world champion athlete
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Prosecutors raid Porsche offices

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 16:53
related countries: Germany Germany

German luxury carmaker Porsche is raided by federal prosecutors investigating alleged market manipulation of VW shares.
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Afghan poll hailed as a 'success'

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 16:56
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Afghanistan's leader and his Western allies praise voters for braving Taliban threats and taking part in elections.
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Cabinet choices

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 17:16
related countries: Iran Iran

Iran's president goes for loyalty not experience
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SA fury over athlete gender test

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 17:21
related countries: South Africa South Africa

New 800m world champion Caster Semenya has been "humiliated", says the head of South Africa's athletics body.
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England struggle in deciding Test

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 17:33
related countries: Australia Australia, United Kingdom United Kingdom

England fail to build on a promising start as Australia restrict them to 307-8 on day one of the deciding Ashes Test at The Oval.
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Awesome Bolt breaks 200m record

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 18:44
related countries: Jamaica Jamaica

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt claims yet another world record with a stunning victory in the 200m final at the World Championships.
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Bell upbeat about England chances

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 18:46
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Batsman Ian Bell says England can still post a challenging total despite losing eight wickets on day one of the decisive Ashes Test at The Oval.
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Lockerbie bomber freed from jail

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 18:49
related countries: Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Lockerbie bomber is flown home to Libya after being freed from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds.
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Afghan queues

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 19:14
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Herat

Voters in Herat undeterred by threats and fraud
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Iraqi officials held over blasts

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 19:37
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Baghdad

Authorities in Baghdad detain 11 security officers on suspicion of negligence following attacks that killed at least 95 people.
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Nuclear experts visit Iran site

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 19:59
related countries: Iran Iran

Nuclear inspectors are given access to an Iranian site for the first time in over a year, diplomats say.
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US 'deadline' for Afghan results

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 21:05
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United States United States

The head of US Central Command, Gen David Petraeus, says international forces have about a year to prove their strategy in Afghanistan can succeed.
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Mexico suffers amid US recession

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 21:40
related countries: United States United States, Mexico Mexico
related places: June

Mexico's economy shrank by 10.3% between April and June as the global downturn hit exports and swine flu hit tourism.
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Polish army chief quits amid row

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 21:59
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Poland Poland

The head of Poland's army resigns after a row in which said troops in Afghanistan were poorly equipped.
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Toxic waste returns from Brazil

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 23:05
related countries: Brazil Brazil, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Containers of hazardous waste alleged to have been illegally exported to Brazil from the UK are due to arrive back in Britain.
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Brakes put on US scrappage scheme

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 23:20
related countries: United States United States

The US is to end a $3bn car scrappage scheme dubbed 'cash for clunkers' next week after funding dries up.
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Campaign for US trio held in Iran

Thursday 20th of August 2009, 23:48
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States

The families of three US hikers arrested in Iran after crossing the border launch a website to campaign for their release.
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