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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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Bomb suspect may not have begun trip in Ghana
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

A Nigerian charged with trying to blow up a U.S. passenger jet on Christmas Day may not have begun his journey in Ghana, a Ghanaian airport official said on Saturday.

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Ferrero discusses Cadbury with Hershey, private equity
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Italian confectioner Ferrero has met with private equity firms as well as Hershey Co to discuss a possible bid for Britain’s Cadbury Plc, Il Sole 24 Ore daily reported on Saturday.

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Tokyo Stock Exchange to launch new trading system on Jan 4
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

The Tokyo Stock Exchange, Asia’s largest equities bourse, said it would go ahead with the launch of its new trading system as planned on Monday after running final checks.

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Egypt committee rejects Orascom’s appeal on Mobinil bid
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

An Egyptian appeals committee has rejected a request by Orascom Telecom (ORTE.CA) that the regulator block France Telecom’s latest bid to buy all of Mobinil shares, the regulator said on Saturday.

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A Minute With: Bryce Dallas Howard in “Teardrop”
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

After starring opposite giant robots in the action movie “Terminator: Salvation,” Bryce Dallas Howard plays a debutante in 1920s Memphis in the film drama “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.”

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Fox, Time Warner Cable reach deal to avoid blackout
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Time Warner Cable and Fox have reached a deal to keep carrying Fox Networks programing after the companies negotiated through New Year’s Day to avoid a blackout of TV shows like “The Simpsons” and college and NFL football games in 13 million U.S. homes.

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