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Spanish Police Arrest 17 Suspected Pimps

Posted: 12/30/2012 - Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested 17 people on suspicion of smuggling Nigerian women into Spain and forcing them into prostitution using threats including claims they would cast Voodoo spells on them if they didn't comply.

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Overloaded Minibus Crashes, Kills 10 In China

Posted: 12/29/2012 - Chinese state media say an overloaded minibus has fallen into a ravine, killing five children and five adults in southern China's Guangxi region.

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New Japan PM Visits Tsunami-Wrecked Nuclear Plant

Posted: 12/29/2012 - Japan's newly installed prime minister has visited the tsunami-devastated Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, site of the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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Egypt president warns against new unrest

Posted: 12/29/2012 - Egypt's Islamist president has warned against any unrest that could harm the drive to repair the country's economy in a sharply worded speech pushing the opposition to work with his government.

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South Africa: Mandela Convalesces At Home

Posted: 12/29/2012 - South Africa's presidency says it has no updates on the condition of former leader Nelson Mandela, who is convalescing at home after a hospital stay and is reported to be doing better.

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Smuggling Tunnel Found Near US Border

Posted: 12/28/2012 - The tunnel originated in a two-story home in Mexico and stretched about 100 meters; was elaborately built with electricity and ventilation.

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Iran May Open Military Site to UN Nuclear Watchdog

Posted: 12/27/2012 - A Thursday report by independent Mardomsalari daily quotes Deputy Foreign Minister Hasan Qashqavi as saying the inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency may visit Parchin military site "if the foreign threats weaken".

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Iran's President Dismisses Health Minister

Posted: 12/27/2012 - The Thursday report says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has replaced Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, the sole female member of the Cabinet, by a temporary caretaker.

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Egypt's Morsi: Constitution Sets Up a New Republic

Posted: 12/26/2012 - Mohammed Morsi said Wednesday he acknowledges the "respectable" proportion that voted against the constitution drafted by his Islamist allies, but offered no concrete gestures to an opposition that has so far rejected his dialogue and vowed to fight the charter.

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Japan's Cabinet Resigns to Make Way for New PM

Posted: 12/25/2012 - Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's Cabinet has resigned to clear the way for a vote in parliament to formally install conservative Shinzo Abe as Japan's new leader.

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Family Asks China To Free Stroke-Hit Jailed Pastor

Posted: 12/23/2012 - Family members of a charismatic Christian preacher whose church is banned as a cult in China are calling for his release from prison after he apparently suffered a stroke that left him unable to walk and speak normally.

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South Africa's Tutu Prays For Mandela

Posted: 12/23/2012 - South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he is praying for a prompt recovery for former leader Nelson Mandela, who has been hospitalized for more than two weeks.

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UN Envoy To Syria On Way To Damascus

Posted: 12/23/2012 - Lebanese airport officials say the international envoy for Syria's civil war has arrived in Beirut and will travel by land to Damascus to meet with the country's president.

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Venezuela's VP: Chavez Condition Is Stabilizing

Posted: 12/22/2012 - Venezuela's government says President Hugo Chavez's condition is becoming increasingly stable as the socialist leader recovers from a cancer-related operation in Cuba.

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