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Venezuela captures bigger drug haul in 2009
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Venezuela reported on Saturday 60 metric tons of drugs were confiscated in 2009, an 11 percent bigger haul than the previous year, and said anti-narcotics efforts had improved since it ended cooperation with the United States.

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Bomb suspect “reached out” to UK militants: report
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

British security services knew three years ago that the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a U.S.-bound plane had “multiple communications” with Islamic extremists in Britain, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Afghan MPs reject two-thirds of Karzai’s cabinet
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

The Afghan parliament dealt President Hamid Karzai a painful blow on Saturday when it rejected more than two-thirds of his cabinet nominees, including several close allies and former guerrilla commander Ismail Khan.

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Danish cartoonist attacker suspected of al Qaeda ties
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

A Somali man armed with an axe and suspected of links with al Qaeda broke into the home of a Danish cartoonist whose drawings of the Prophet Mohammad caused global Muslim outrage and was shot and wounded by police.

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Yemen president tackles boosting security with U.S.
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Yemen’s president met a top U.S. general on Saturday to discuss boosting military cooperation, after President Barack Obama tied al Qaeda’s regional arm to the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger jet.

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Bin Laden daughter should be free to quit Iran: Saudi Arabia
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Saudi Arabia urged Iran on Saturday to allow a daughter of Osama bin Laden, who fled house arrest and sought refuge in the Saudi embassy in Tehran, to leave the country if she wishes.

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Picasso, other art works stolen from French villa
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Thieves have stolen about 30 paintings, including a work by Spanish master Pablo Picasso, from a private villa in the south of France, police said on Saturday.

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Karzai visits south Afghanistan, rockets land nearby
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited the southerly Helmand province on Saturday, where he condemned recent foreign air strikes that have killed civilians, and two rockets apparently exploded nearby.

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