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Women take prominent role in Iraqi vote (AP)
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AP - The minute Friday prayers are over, a crowd of women worshippers clothed in long black cloaks swarm around parliament member Maha al-Douri, peppering her with questions and requests. She is their access to power.
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EU Naval Force: Somali pirates hijack Saudi tanker (AP)
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AP - Somali pirates have hijacked a Saudi tanker with 14 crew onboard, a spokesman for the European Union Naval Force said Wednesday.
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James Bulger killer back in jail (AFP)
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AFP - A notorious child killer who abducted a toddler and murdered him on a railway track was back behind bars Wednesday after breaching the conditions of his release from prison, officials said.
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Pakistan attackers 'hit school, concert' (AFP)
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AFP - Taliban militants blew up a boys' school and assailants threw grenades into a music event, killing a student, in separate incidents in north and southwest Pakistan, officials said Wednesday.
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Asian stocks rise amid Greece hopes; Europe down (AP)
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AP - Most Asian stock markets rose Wednesday amid growing hopes of a solution to Greece's financial crisis. European shares were down modestly.
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Afghan police and army prove a mixed class for US officers (AFP)
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AFP - For Lieutenant Ed Maloney, the most difficult part of leading a four-day mission in eastern Afghanistan was persuading Afghan soldiers to leave their base in the first place.
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US vets return to Iwo Jima for 65th anniversary (AP)
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AP - Dozens of U.S. veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, returned to the remote volcanic island of Iwo Jima on Wednesday to mark the 65th anniversary of one of World War II's fiercest battles.
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Malaysian opposition hit by spate of defections (AFP)
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AFP - Malaysia's opposition is putting a brave face on a spate of defections and in-fighting that has hit just as its leader Anwar Ibrahim fights sodomy charges that could end his career.
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Shell reports attack on Nigerian flowstation (AFP)
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AFP - Anglo-Dutch oil group Shell on Wednesday reported an attack on its flowstation in southern Nigeria, but said the facility was not producing at the time of the incident.
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Confirmed: Hilton too hot for Brazil (AP)
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AP - It's confirmed: Paris Hilton is too hot for Brazil.
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Former Swiss wine grower uncovers Sudan's ancient roots (AFP)
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AFP - Charles Bonnet, the 76-year-old doyen of Sudan archaeologists who helped rewrite an ancient chapter of Africa's largest country, has come a long way from the Swiss vineyards he harvested as a youth.
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Iran court upholds death for opposition activist (AP)
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AP - An Iranian opposition-run Web site says an appeals court has upheld the death sentence for a student who took part in an anti-government rally in December that left eight people dead.
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China banks absorbed $170 bln FX swaps in 09-paper (Reuters)
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Reuters - Chinese commercial banks absorbed about $170 billion in foreign exchange from the financial system last year, mainly through yuan-dollar swaps, state media on Wednesday cited a former official as saying.
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Officer suspected of stealing ivory in Philippines (AP)
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AP - A Philippine wildlife officer is suspected of stealing more than 1,500 pounds (700 kilograms) of smuggled elephant tusks seized last year, an embarrassing setback for the country's anti-poaching efforts, an official said Wednesday.
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14 die in mortar, gun battle in Somali capital (AP)
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AP - Somali government forces attacked insurgent-controlled areas in the capital, setting off a gunbattle and mortar fire that killed at least 10 civilians and four militants, witnesses said Wednesday. Almost 40 people were wounded.
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