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GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) _ Hulking gray naval frigates fanned out across the Gulf of Aden have combined with monsoon storms to sharply reduce pirate attacks in the world's busiest shipping lanes in recent weeks.
But the commanding officer of the European Union armada warned Tuesday that it is too early to declare victory over heavily armed Somali pirates in tiny, fast-moving skiffs...


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One of the summer's biggest blockbusters -- a sci-fi morality tale about aliens and apartheid -- is not welcome in Nigeria because of its portrayal of Nigerians as gangsters and cannibals, Nigeria's information minister said Saturday.

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SEATTLE (AP) _ A coalition of nearly 100 bankers and government officials is launching a new enterprise to provide financial services to the millions of people in the world who do not have easy access to banks


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Iraq and Afghanistan claim U.S. lives.

At least 4,343 members of the U.S. military have died in Iraq and 742 have died in Afghanistan since military action in those countries was initiated.


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GENEVA (AP) _ American goods will face around $295 million in annual sanctions as a result of the United States' failure to eliminate illegal subsidies to U.S. cotton growers, the World Trade Organization ruled Monday. The South American country sought to target American goods and drug patents for $2.5 billion worth of economic retaliation.


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About half of Hong Kong's health workers would refuse the swine flu vaccine, new research says, a trend that experts say would likely apply worldwide.
In a study that polled 2,255 Hong Kong health workers this year, researchers found even during the height of global swine flu panic in May, less than half were willing to get vaccinated ...


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Former Zambian President Acquitted

(GIN) – Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba exulted after he was acquitted of misappropriating half a million dollars in public funds, in a trial seen by some as a test case of anti-corruption efforts...


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Special to the NNPA from GIN
(GIN) – South Africa's Constitutional Court this week rejected a bid by an apartheid-era cop to be restored to his former job. The former security police bomber, Wybrand Du Toit, had previously received amnesty from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for his role in the killings of the Motherwell Four ...


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A newly released report finds that the State Department's Africa operations are beset with "leadership shortcomings" that compound "acute staffing problems."


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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- There was no finger wagging Monday when former pro basketball star Dikembe Mutombo guided U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton through a hospital he founded in his native Congo.


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