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Mexico state votes signal tough 2012 election race

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 19:22
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Surprise gains by Mexico's ruling conservatives in gubernatorial elections in key states at the weekend signal that the 2012 presidential race could be tighter than expected.

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Pakistan renews call for dialogue with some Taliban

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 16:28
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's government, under fresh pressure to deliver stability after suicide bombers killed dozens last week, renewed its call on Monday for talks with Taliban militants ready to renounce violence.

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Tests on Gulf oil "superskimmer" inconclusive: ship owner

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 15:50
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Tests on a supertanker adapted to skim large quantities of oily water from the surface of the Gulf of Mexico are inconclusive because of high seas, ship owner TMT Shipping Offshore said on Monday.

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U.S. lawmakers press Afghanistan's Karzai on graft

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 15:37
KABUL (Reuters) - Senior U.S. lawmakers pressed Afghanistan's president to do more to stop graft, but said on Monday that threats to pull U.S. aid over the issue would only hobble a war strategy that stands a good chance of success.

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Body of chess champion Fischer exhumed in Iceland

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 15:23
REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - The body of former chess champion Bobby Fischer, who died in Iceland two years ago, has been exhumed to provide forensic evidence in a paternity suit, the police said on Monday.

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How Does Sewage Treatment Work?

Scientific American Online - Mon, 2010-07-05 15:00

The guy running the snake down our sewer looks matter-of-fact. Our sewage has been backing up. Right next to the pipe connecting our house to the sewer line running down our street stands a 70-year-old willow oak, and I worry the tree's roots have found their way, during the droughty past year, into our line. He shrugs: Maybe it's tree roots, maybe it's a collapsed pipe, maybe it's a yo-yo. The snake went in only a dozen feet or so and found a clog, and now the little claw at the end is spinning. Once he pulls it out we'll know better what's going on. I leave him to his business, though I cast an annoyed glance at the oak. Sewer pipes fit together simply, with a bell joint, and tiny root hairs find their way to the nutrient-rich flow, then grow larger, eventually growing large enough to shatter the vitreous clay pipe that forms so many service lines or dislodge a joint if the pipes are cast iron. Nobody knows what our pipes, 70 years old, are made of, but I fear we're about to find out.

Fifteen minutes later he's winding the snake back up, writing a bill, and exonerating the oak.

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China convicts U.S. geologist of stealing state secrets

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 14:35
BEIJING (Reuters) - A geologist accused of stealing state secrets after he brokered the sale of an oil database has been sentenced to eight years in jail, the U.S. embassy said on Monday, over two-and-one-half years after he was detained.

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BP reported to halt fuelling of Iranian planes

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 13:51
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran complained on Monday that its planes had been denied fuel in Germany, Britain and the United Arab Emirates, and Washington said commercial firms were making the "right choices" by cutting business ties with Tehran.

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Special Report: Europe finds politics and biofuels don't mix

Scientific American Online - Mon, 2010-07-05 13:27

By Pete Harrison

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The messages are tense, angry, cajoling.

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100 Years Ago: Elegant Flight

Scientific American Online - Mon, 2010-07-05 13:00

JULY 1960 INFANT MORTALITY -- “The death rate of U.S. infants, after a long and precipitous decline, has leveled off in the last few years, according to a study by Iwao M. Moriyama of the National Office of Vital Statistics. In some states it has even risen slightly, after reaching an all-time low of 26 per 1,000 live births in 1956. Most of the reduction in mortality of children under one year of age is attributable to control of infectious diseases, primarily influenza and pneumonia. In 1946, when penicillin became available to the public, the death from infectious diseases dropped about 30 per cent. However, infectious diseases still account for about half of the deaths among infants between one month and one year old. The death rate for younger infants reflects the heavy toll taken by noninfectious conditions such as congenital malformations, birth injuries, postnatal asphyxia and premature births.”

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Iran says Germany, UK, UAE refuse fuel to its planes

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 12:36
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday that Germany, Britain and the United Arab Emirates were refusing to provide fuel to Iranian passenger planes following unilateral U.S. sanctions on the Islamic state, the ISNA news agency reported.

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Clinton concerned over Russian bases in Georgia

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 11:45
TBILISI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced concern over Russian plans to build up military bases in Georgian rebel regions and called on Moscow to end its "occupation" of Georgian territory two years after a war.

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Palestinian PM meets Israeli minister

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 11:34
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Palestinian prime minister said he pressed demands including a halt to Israeli army incursions in Palestinian West Bank towns in a rare high-level meeting with the Israeli defense minister on Monday.

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Turkey wants Israel apology, but Israel rejects demand

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 09:24
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will cut ties with Israel unless it receives an apology over a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza, the Turkish foreign minister said, but Israel on Monday said it had no intention of doing so.

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Restive Iraq provinces defy U.S. withdrawal timeline

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 07:48
JALAWLA, Iraq (Reuters) - It was a tip-off about a weapons cache that drew the U.S. soldiers of Charlie Troop away from their Stryker armored vehicles in the densely populated Iraqi town of Jalawla one Friday morning last month.

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Super-high pressures used to create super "battery"

Science A GoGo - Mon, 2010-07-05 07:10
Using super-high pressures similar to those found deep in the Earth, researchers have created a compact, never-before-seen material that they say is the "most condensed form of energy storage outside of nuclear energy"...
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BP launches search for new investors: report

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 06:13
LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Oil major BP Plc is seeking a strategic investor to secure its independence in the face of any takeover attempts as it struggles with a devastating oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, newspapers said on Sunday.

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Mexico state elections stage battle for presidency

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 05:09
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's ruling and main opposition parties wrested ground from each other in elections for governors in a dozen states on Sunday, setting the stage for a tough battle for the presidency in 2012.

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BP eyes stake sale as "superskimmer" snagged

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 01:52
LONDON/NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Shareholders in BP balked Monday at reports it would seek a strategic investor to ward off takeover bids, as the clean-up costs of its massive U.S. oil spill topped $3 billion.

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Komorowski wins Polish election with reforms in focus

Reuters - Mon, 2010-07-05 01:31
WARSAW (Reuters) - Prime Minister Donald Tusk's candidate won Poland's presidential poll but the narrowness of the victory cast doubt on the government's ability to carry out unpopular reforms ahead of a 2011 parliamentary election.

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