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Swedish Poet Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer is this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. Transtromer has been mentioned as a candidate for the award for years. His work often walks a line between concrete reality and dreams — he's worked as a psychologist and social worker in addition to his writing.
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Banned U.S. Sprinter Wins Olympics Appeal; Other Cases May Follow

In allowing U.S. sprinter LaShawn Merritt to compete, the court said the IOC rule known as the "Osaka Rule" is "invalid and unenforceable" because it extends punishments beyond the guidelines of the World Anti-Doping Code.
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Iran Charges Student Who Was In the U.S.

An Iranian graduate student in the physics program at the University of Texas went home to see his family early this year. He never returned to school, and it turns out that he's being tried on charges related to espionage in his homeland.
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Palestinians Feel Effects Of Frozen U.S. Aid

The U.S. Congress blocked $200 million in aid after the Palestinian Authority's bid for statehood recognition at the U.N. Palestinians say important health, business and education projects have been halted as a result.
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Liberia, Yemen Peace Efforts Win Nobel Peace Prize

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Yemeni protest leader Tawakkul Karman are being honored as the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners.
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Pakistan Doctor, Who Helped CIA, Accused Of Treason

A government commission in Pakistan says a Pakistani doctor accused of running a vaccination program for the CIA to help track down Osama bin Laden should be put on trial for high treason. The move is likely to anger U.S. officials pushing for the doctor's release from jail.
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A Nobel Peace Prize For The Arab Spring? Who Would That Go To?

The world will soon learn who won this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Not surprisingly, there's been much speculation that the prize committee might honor the participants of the Arab Spring. But who, exactly, would get the award?
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U.S. Troops Increase Aid To Mexico In Drug War

The U.S. has been stepping up its assistance to Mexico's security forces in the fight against the drug cartels. The Mexican marines have been a leading beneficiary, and are now considered the most effective force.

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