Italian Boat Finds Remains of US Balloonists

The Associated Press Post a Comment By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press ROME December 6, 2010 (AP) An Italian fishing boat on Monday pulled the remains of two American balloonists from the Adriatic Sea, ending a two-month hunt for the pair's bodies in one of ballooning's darkest chapters. The boat hauled in the balloon gondola with the bodies of the Americans still inside while fishing 11 miles (17 kilometers) north of Vieste before dawn, said Cmdr. Guido Limongelli of the Vieste port

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Afghanistan Poll: Where Things Stand 2010

Analysis by Gary Langer, with Julie Phelan and David Tully Dismayed by rising Taliban activity and persistent economic hardship, Afghans have turned more negative in their assessment of the presence and performance of U.S. and NATO forces in their country, with sharply different regional patterns that track the country's vexing challenges. Nationally, after advancing last year in anticipation of better days, sentiment has shifted for the worse.

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Obama Calls China’s Hu to Discuss NKorea

The Associated Press 2 comments WASHINGTON December 6, 2010 (AP) President Barack Obama is urging China's president to send North Korea a message that "its provocations are unacceptable." Obama called Chinese President Hu Jintao on Sunday night to discuss North Korea, the White House says. The leaders talked about their common interest in peace and stability in Asia and the importance of keeping the Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons. The White House says Obama and Hu agreed to work together toward those goals.

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Iran Claims Nuclear Advance Day Before Talks

The Associated Press 1 comment By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran December 5, 2010 (AP) Iran claimed Sunday it could now use domestically mined uranium to produce nuclear fuel, giving the country complete control over a process the West suspects is geared toward producing weapons. Tehran made the claim a day before a new round of nuclear talks with world powers that want to rein in Iran's uranium enrichment — a process that can be used either to make fuel for nuclear energy or nuclear weapons.

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NKorea Lambasts SKorea’s New Defense Chief

The Associated Press 1 comment By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea December 5, 2010 (AP) North Korea lambasted South Korea's new defense chief Sunday for threatening to launch air strikes against the North and accused the South of causing "uncontrollable, extreme" tension on the peninsula. The South's Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told a confirmation hearing last week that jets would bomb the North if it stages another attack like the shelling on a front-line island that killed four South Koreans. Kim took office Saturday, replacing a predecessor who resigned amid criticism that South Korea's response to the Nov.

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Where’s the Beef in Korea Trade Deal?

By DAVID KERLEY WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2010 "A win for American workers" is how President Obama today described the new free trade agreement his administration has worked out with South Korea. But of the two big stumbling blocks -- automobiles and beef exports -- only autos was completely addressed.

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Where’s the Beef in Korea Trade Deal?

By DAVID KERLEY WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2010 "A win for American workers" is how President Obama today described the new free trade agreement his administration has worked out with South Korea.

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Iran Says UN Agency Sending Spies

The Associated Press Post a Comment By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran December 4, 2010 (AP) Iran's intelligence chief accused the U.N.

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S. Korea Trade Pact Could Mean More U.S. Jobs

The Associated Press 9 comments By JULIE PACE and KEN THOMAS Associated Press WASHINGTON December 4, 2010 (AP) The Obama administration is looking abroad to create thousands of jobs at home, with a newly forged trade deal with South Korea that could mean a big boost for the U.S. auto industry

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PayPal Cuts WikiLeaks From Money Flow

The Associated Press 6 comments BERLIN December 4, 2010 (AP) Online payment service provider PayPal says in a company blog it has cut off the account used by WikiLeaks to collect donations. The company said in a blog posting the move was prompted by a violation of its policy, "which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity." The short notice was dated Friday, and a spokeswoman for PayPal Germany on Saturday declined to elaborate and referred to the official blog posting

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