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China Oil Deal Is New Source of Strife Among Iraqis

WASIT PROVINCE, Iraq — The presence of a foreign company with vast resources drilling oil in a poor, rural corner of Iraq has awakened a wave of discontent in the area.

Wall Street Pursues Profit in Bundles of Life Insurance

Wall Street bankers plan to buy life insurance policies that ill and elderly people sell for cash and package hundreds or thousands of them together into bonds.

Teams Seeking Remains Dig Back to World War II

BAULER, Germany — The U.S. military has paid new attention to accounting for a majority of the Americans missing from the war.

A protester taking part in a demonstration organized by the English Defense League against Islamic extremism in Birmingham, central Britain, on Sunday.
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Clashes Erupt in British City of Birmingham

Racially charged violence flared between a group protesting Islamic extremism and counter-demonstrators in the city of Birmingham, police said Sunday.

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Once Again, Safina Won’t Be Winning a Major

In a match that will further stoke criticism of the WTA ranking system, No.1-ranked Darina Safina lost to the 72nd-ranked woman in the world, Petra Kvitova.

Hundreds Rescued From Philippine Ferry

MANILA — Some 900 people were rescued when a ferry with 1,000 on board sank in the Philippines early Sunday. At least five died and more than 60 missing.

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European Broadcasters Argue About Aid, Strategy

PARIS — Private networks are complaining about the state aid given to public broadcasters, while the matter of their core business’s move to the Internet is at issue.

China has gone to new lengths to control activity by its huge population of Internet users, like these in Beijing on Saturday.
China Web Sites Seeking Users’ Names

BEIJING — News Web sites in China, complying with secret government orders, are requiring that new users log on under their true identities to post comments.

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Dutch Mother Opposes Voyage of 13-Year-Old

AMSTERDAM — The mother of Laura Dekker, who wants to become the youngest sailor to circle the world solo, said her daughter was not mature enough to deal with the psychological challenges.

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Halabja Taza Journal
A swimming pool in Halabja Taza was built in a beautification project before elections in 2005 but has not held water for years.
Uprooted for Decades, Iraqi Kurds Long for Home

HALABJA TAZA, Iraq — Kurds displaced in the 1980s and 1990s feel they have fallen through the cracks, without compensation or help returning to their villages.

Latest News From the Middle East
Several Dead in Somali Clashes, Possibly Including U.S. Jihadist

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A Somali-American who had joined the insurgents was among those killed in Mogadishu, according to Shabab fighters.

Latest News From Africa
Mexico Captures Suspect in Killings

MEXICO CITY — A leader of the Juárez Cartel is accused in the shooting deaths of 17 patients at a clinic in northern Mexico.

Latest News From the Americas
Her family is facing eviction, but Charity Crowell, 9, and her younger brother are enrolled in elementary school in Asheville, N.C.
Surge in Homeless Pupils Strains Schools

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Budget-battered school districts must try to salvage education for more than one million children whose lives are filled with insecurity and turmoil.

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Dot Earth: Work, Wealth and Well-Being

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