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Argentine Leader's Plane Grounded By Credit Holders

The Argentine government has hired a private plane for an upcoming trip for President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. They fear that creditors would try to have the official government plane, Tango 01, seized in an effort to collect debts owed to them by the Argentina government. Melissa Block talks with Shane Romig, a foreign correspondent for Dow Jones News Service and the Wall Street Journal, for more on the story.
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Hugo Chavez Misses Inauguration Day, But Supporters Fill The Streets

The Venezuelan president remains in Cuba, receiving treatment for cancer. His supporters — with the backing of the Supreme Court — say that he can be sworn in at a later date.
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Murder Of Kurdish Activists Could Be Attempt To Derail Peace Talks With Turkey

Three Kurdish activists, all women, were found dead early Thursday in a Kurdish information office in Paris. They had been shot in what the French Interior minister said "was surely an execution." The motive for the killings is not known. One of the victims, Sakine Cansiz, was a co-founder of the militant separatist PKK organization, which has battled the Turkish Government off and on since the 1980s. Efforts are currently underway to
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Deadly Day In Pakistan: Dozens Killed In Multiple Blasts In Quetta

Back-to-back bomb blasts at a snooker club in the city killed at least 80 people. A Sunni extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack on the predominantly Shiite area. Earlier in the day, a blast at a city market killed 11. A separatist group said it was behind the explosion.
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Moroccans Celebrate A Bountiful Year For Date Harvest

It's taken a few months for official reports to confirm what local Moroccan farmers predicted months ago: This year's date harvest was well above average. The reasons for this year's impressive haul, though, are harder to pin down.
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Small Strike Against Corruption: Afghan Governors Chosen On Merit

In Afghanistan, governors are not elected, they are selected — and more often than not due to family or political connections. But in an attempt to curb graft, the country has just sworn in a batch of governors — including the first female district governor — selected through a new merit-based program.

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