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Oscar glory for ‘The Hurt Locker’

Hollywood can begin celebrating as the winners of the 82nd Academy Awards are announced. Beating James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’, ‘The Hurt Locker’ was…

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Suicide bomb kills 11 in Lahore

A suicide car bomb attack on a police intelligence unit in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore killed at least 11 people and wounded scores more during the morning rush hour today. The attack on the Federal Investigation Agency broke what had been a relative lull in major violence in Pakistan. It also showed that insurgents retain the ability to strike the country’s heartland, far from the Afghan border regions where al-Qaeda and the Taleban…

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Somali doctor: British Yacht Couple Reunited

A British yachting couple seized by Somali pirates and held in separate locations have been temporarily reunited after weeks apart, a doctor who treated the two said.

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Asia stocks up as US jobs data lift recovery hopes

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks gained Monday as a better-than-expected report about the U.S. job market lifted confidence in the economic recovery. Major markets added as much as 2 percent in the region’s second day higher. The euro got a boost after France voiced support for debt-laden Greece, while oil prices edged toward $82 a barrel. As…

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Swiss reject pension cuts in referendum

Voters in Switzerland have overwhelmingly rejected a reform of the occupational pension scheme in a major upset for the government.   Nearly 73 per…

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Sarkozy promises to help Greek economy

France has promised to help Greece get through its economic crisis. 
 
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou was in Paris as part of his four-day…

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Republicans Reject Obama Charge of Blowing Opportunity to Fix Health System

Republicans returned fire Monday after President Obama accused them of dropping the ball on health care reform over the past decade, arguing that they were more than a little busy dealing with challenges like Social Security and the War on Terror.

Obama Targets GOP in Last-Ditch Pitch for Health Care Bill

President Obama, launching a last-ditch push to pass health care legislation in the next 10 days, left no doubt Monday that he was ready to roll over any opposition by taunting Republicans that they had 10 years to fix health care and didn’t

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Obama Targets Insurance Companies in Last-Ditch Pitch for Health Care Bill

President Obama ratcheted up his attacks against insurance companies Monday in a last-ditch attempt to get a reluctant America and skittish Democrats behind his top priority, health overhaul legislation.

Obama to Sell Public on His Health Care Plan

In a speech in Philadelphia Monday, the president will try to drum up support for his plan, while also urging uneasy lawmakers to cast a “final vote” for a massive reform bill in an election year.

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Obama Takes His Health Care Show on the Road

In a speech in Philadelphia Monday, the president will try to drum up support for his plan, while also urging uneasy lawmakers to cast a “final vote” for a massive reform bill in an election year.

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Obama praises courage of Iraqi voters

President Barack Obama called it an “important milestone”. The US leader was among the first to praise the courage of Iraqi voters who turned out…

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Votes being counted in Iraqi elections

Millions of people defied the threat of terror, turning out to vote in Iraq’s second election since the war. However, ballot-counting may take up to…

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Large Blast Hits Pakistani Police Building, 11 Dead

A homicide car bomber struck a building where police interrogate high-value suspects in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore on Monday, killing at least 11 people and wounding scores

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 Mubarak is recovering after surgery

Berlin – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is making satisfactory progress after successful gallbladder surgery in Germany on Saturday, his doctor and Egypt’s health…

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Strong Earthquake Shakes Turkey, 11 Dead

A strong earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6, hit eastern Turkey Monday, killing at least 11 people, an official said.

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The Oscar’s Top Trends

HOT LIST: From ruffles to jewel tones to one-shoulder gowns, the stars were all on trend on the Academy Awards red carpet. Check out the top picks

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Oscar Bad Hair Days

HAIRDO DON’TS: Sarah Jessica Parker was just one of the celebs who seemed to have forgotten to run a brush through it before they stepped out

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Oscar’s Sexiest Celebs

SEXY STYLE: From plunging necklines to daring splits, take a look at the sexiest gowns to grace the Academy Awards carpet

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Obama Hails Iraq VoteAs ‘Important Milestone’

President praises Iraqi security forces for protecting nation on day that was ripe for attacks, even as insurgents kill 36
Polls Close in Iraq as Insurgent Attacks Kill 36
LIVESHOTS: Noonan on D.C. Reaction to Iraqi Elections
SLIDESHOW: Violence Mars Iraqi Election
YOU DECIDE: Does Election Signal War Is Won?

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‘The Hurt Locker’ Wins Oscar for Best Picture

Kathryn Bigelow also won the Oscar for Best Director, the first woman to do so in Academy Awards history.

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Obama hails Iraqis for passing an ‘important milestone’

Washington, March 08: US President Barack Obama has commended the Iraqi nation for passing “an important milestone” when millions turned out for national elections despite waves of deadly rocket, mortar, and bomb attacks. “I have great respect for the millions of Iraqis…

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Obama keeps US troop withdrawal plan after Iraq poll

President Barack Obama called Iraq’s election an “important milestone” despite deadly violence, praising Iraqi security forces and repeating his end-2011 goal for removing all US troops from the country. Scores of mortar rounds, rockets and roadside bombs exploded near polling stations across Iraq,…

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U.S. to Allow Export of Web Services to Iran and Cuba

According to The New York Times, the United States Treasury Department will tomorrow give Internet services license to export consumer-aimed services like instant messaging and photo sharing to countries with which trade has previously been restricted, including Iran, Cuba and Sudan.

The United States defines these nations as “closed societies” because their governments sometimes try to restrict the free flow of information between citizens, however in many cases trade is restricted by the United States in response to those actions. This new license would allow U.S.-based Internet companies like Yahoo to export certain services that can be described as “free mass-market software,” despite trade sanctions.

The U.S. State Department and members of Congress previously recommended this move to aid efforts to open up the societies in question. The value of exporting these tools has already been established.

Last year, the State Department asked Twitter to postpone its scheduled downtime so Iranian protesters could continue to use the service. Digital communication technologies like Twitter, Facebook, e-mail and SMS text messaging were used by Iranians to organize protests and to get information to the American and European media.

After Google threatened to leave China if the country doesn’t ease up its regulation and restrictions on the Internet, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech declaring the administration’s commitment to the free flow of information on the Internet. This is one example of that commitment.

We’re curious to know how our readers in the United States and elsewhere feel about this move. If you’re willing, share your thoughts in the comments, and participate in our poll: “Is the Internet a fundamental right?”

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Oscar’s Sexiest Stars

SLIDESHOW: From plunging necklines to daring splits, take a look at the sexiest gowns to grace the Academy Awards carpet

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