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U.S. Gears Up for Midterm Elections

Americans will on Tuesday choose a new Congress, a crucial test for U.S. President George W. Bush, who is battling to maintain popularity at home amid a limping domestic economy and a potential war with Iraq.

Osama's Son Is Detained By Iran

Iranian security forces have detained one of Osama bin Laden's sons among several hundred people suspected of links to al-Qaida, the Financial Times reported on its web site.

Afrikaners Say They Are Disaffected, Not Violent

South Africa's white Afrikaners have been quick to repudiate the bombings blamed on white extremists last week, but they say the country's former rulers are an increasingly unhappy minority.

U.S. Regulators Sue Ernst & Young for $2Bln

U.S. federal regulators filed suit Friday against Ernst & Young, seeking more than $2 billion in damages for what they say was the firm's role in the collapse of a savings and loan last year.

Dow Hits 15-Year Monthly High

Stocks capped their fourth straight week of gains Friday with a rally boosted by weak jobs and manufacturing data that raised hopes the U.S. Federal Reserve will cut interest rates next week.

Shell, CNOOC Ink $4.3Bln Plant Deal

China's CNOOC and Royal Dutch/Shell sealed China's biggest foreign investment Friday, ending 10 years of talks with a deal to build a $4.3 billion chemicals plant and plans to award $1 billion in construction contracts.

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'Islamic' Party Close to Victory

Turkey's Justice and Development Party, viewed warily by enemies for its Islamist roots, said it believed it had won enough votes in Sunday's parliamentary polls to form a single-party government.

U.S. Planes Conduct Mock Strikes in Iraq

When Navy warplanes roar off the flight deck of this aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, their official mission is to patrol the no-flight zone in southern Iraq.

British Police Foil Plot To Kidnap Posh Spice

Victoria Beckham, the pop star wife of England soccer captain David Beckham, said she was in total shock after British police foiled an alleged plot to kidnap her.

Queen Speaks Up to End Butler's Trial

Britain's Queen Elizabeth was at the center of intense media speculation over the weekend after her unexpected intervention led to the acquittal of Princess Diana's former butler on theft charges.

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