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Opposition leader threatens street protests if elections delayed

Posted: 12/31/2007 - Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tells The Associated Press that his party will not accept a postponement and says "We will agitate." He's also urging President Pervez Musharraf to step aside immediately in favor of a national unity government.

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Worldwide celebrations usher in 2008

Posted: 12/31/2007 - About a million people have packed Sydney Harbor in Australia to view a massive fireworks display to ring in the new year. The extravaganza features 20,000 explosives fired off the city's iconic Harbor Bridge.

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Commission recommends delay in Pakistan's parliamentary vote

Posted: 12/31/2007 - An announcement on a new date is expected tomorrow, but one government official looks for a delay of at least six weeks. He says the political environment is not conducive to free and fair elections now, given the turmoil over last week's assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

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Heavy loss in Iraq suicide attack

Posted: 12/31/2007 - The checkpoint was manned by members of volunteer security groups known as Awakening Councils. They consist mainly of Sunni tribal fighters who've been cooperating with the U.S. military in standing up to insurgents.

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Winter storm coats Midwest in snow

Posted: 12/28/2007 - A winter storm has dropped several inches of snow in the Midwest, reducing visibility in some areas to just a few hundred feet.

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Murder charges filed in slayings of six

Posted: 12/28/2007 - According to court documents, Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe have confessed to the shootings of Anderson's parents, her brother, and the brother's wife and two children.

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US counts on Pakistani election despite Bhutto assassination

Posted: 12/28/2007 - The assassination of Benazir Bhutto has complicated American attempts at closing the rift between opposition leaders and an increasingly unpopular President Pervez Musharraf. But, the U.S. officials say Bhutto's death isn't likely to deter America from funneling billions of dollars of aid to the country.

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Bhutto funeral set for Friday as Pakistan chaos grows

Posted: 12/28/2007 - A spokesman for Bhutto's party says she will be buried near her father's grave in the family's ancestral village. He adds that Bhutto's husband and three children have arrived in Pakistan from Dubai to attend.

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Interior Ministry: Bullets did not kill Bhutto

Posted: 12/28/2007 - Authorities had said the former prime minister was killed by bullet wounds. A suicide attacker opened fire on Bhutto yesterday as she greeted supporters through the sunroof of her vehicle. He then blew himself up.

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Hundreds of thousands attend funeral for Benazir Bhutto

Posted: 12/28/2007 - Bhutto's funeral procession began in her ancestral home. Her coffin was draped in the red, green and black flag of her party and was carried in a white ambulance to a marble mausoleum.

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White House says Bush will veto defense policy bill

Posted: 12/28/2007 - The decision is based on a provision that Democrats say would allow victims of Saddam Hussein to seek compensation in court. The White House says allowing plaintiffs to immediately freeze Iraqi funds would expose the country to "massive liability in lawsuits" over the executed Iraqi dictator.

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Violence continues after Bhutto's burial

Posted: 12/28/2007 - In the capital of Islamabad, about 100 protesters burned tires. And earlier today, angry mobs burned 10 railway stations and several trains across Bhutto's province. The rioters also uprooted a section of track leading to the Indian border.

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French aid workers sentenced in Chad kidnapping leave for home

Posted: 12/28/2007 - The Zoe's Ark workers were sentenced to eight years of forced labor in Chad, after authorities stopped their convoy with the children in October. Workers say they were trying to help orphans in neighboring Darfur and were planning to fly them to France.

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S.F. Zoo remains shut after tiger attack

Posted: 12/28/2007 - Police are still piecing together what set the large cat off on a violent rampage that left one dead and two others wounded on Tuesday.

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Car bomb in Baghdad market kills 14

Posted: 12/28/2007 - Officials say the explosion happened in a busy market in a predominantly Shiite area that's been targeted by insurgents in the past. The market was full of shoppers heading home for Friday prayers when the blast happened.

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Affidavit: `Baby Grace' was beaten, thrown across room

Posted: 12/28/2007 - The affidavit for a search warrant says the girl's stepfather placed the girl's body in a bathtub, covered her with a towel and shut the shower curtain so her mother couldn't see the child's body.

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