Advisory - Indonesia Pertamina Angolan oil deal story withdrawn
Please be advised that a Dec 19, 2011 story reporting that Pertamina has walked away from a possible deal to buy a stake in an offshore Angolan block is wrong. The stake in the block under consideration was incorre
U.S., Japan unveil revised plan for Okinawa
By Paul Eckert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Japan announced on Thursday a revised agreement on streamlining the U.S. military presence on Okinawa that will shift 9,000 Marines from that south
Charles Taylor conviction sends warning to tyrants
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Argentine Senate, house committee back YPF takeover
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Pakistan deports bin Laden family to Saudi Arabia
Pakistani authorities deported Osama bin Laden's three widows and his children to Saudi Arabia early Friday, less than a week before the first anniversary of the unilateral American raid that killed the al-Qaida leader...
3.3 tons of cocaine seized at Venezuelan seaport
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2 nephews of Sinaloa cartel leader arrested
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As Kate dotes, Prince William deflects baby jokes
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Mexican attorney general to probe Wal-Mart charges
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West Africa bloc to send 3,000 troops to Mali
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ECOWAS says to send troops to Mali, Guinea-Bissau
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Mexico truckers protest dangerous double trailers
Independent Mexican truckers launched nationwide protests Thursday calling for clearer, fairer rules on vehicle weights and dimensions and for an end to discretionary permits that they say let double-trailer vehicles...
Officials: West Africa regional bloc will send at least 3,000 troops to Mali to retrain army. ...
Taylor conviction and the fates of other leaders
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Syrian regime, rebels trade blame for deadly blast
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Libya's ruling council fires Cabinet
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US to screen Guantanamo arraignment at 8 sites
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Islamist militants blow up Yemen gas pipeline
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UK probe of slain spy said hampered by delay
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Photo: North Korea's big show visible from space
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Sierra Leone victims cheer Charles Taylor verdict
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Attackers blow up gas pipeline south Yemen
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Syrian wants to form 'government' in exile
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Ukraine marks 26th anniversary of Chernobyl
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Egypt presidential race boils down to 3 candidates
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Nigeria: 7 killed in newspaper office bombings
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High-speed trains bump in Rome, six hurt
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Official: Afghan soldier kills US service member
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Tibetan quake victims fight China government land grab
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Officials say 3 US service members have been killed in a bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan. ...
Officials: Libya's ruling council fires Cabinet, citing incompetence, 2 months before election. ...
Tunisia proposes new election for spring 2013
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Brazilian prostitute plans to sue US Embassy
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Bin Laden's family en route from Pakistan to Saudi
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5 die in helicopter crash in Romania
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Thousands rally for nationalists in Serbia
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Brazilian prostitute plans to sue US Embassy
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U.S. drafts U.N. council resolution on Sudan, South Sudan conflict
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Israel army chief: Other nations could strike Iran
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Bombs kill 10, wound 18 in Iraq's Diyala: sources
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Iran might sign NPT protocol for snap inspections
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Greece eyes UK-style railway privatization
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Georgia wants Russia out of separatist regions
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Ukraine to investigate alleged Tymoshenko abuse
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Hard-line Iraqi cleric urges political unity
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