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Sharapova in Need of Time to Grow

A defiant Maria Sharapova denied on Tuesday that she had ""hit the wall"" after failing to reach the Australian Open final.

Israel to Halt Tax Payments to Hamas

Israel's next payment due totals $55 million and was to cover thousands of Palestinians' salaries.

U.S. Senate Confirms Alito

A sharply divided U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, backing a second conservative nominated by President George W. Bush in his effort to move the nation's highest court to the right.

Coretta Scott King, U.S. Civil Rights Activist, Dies at Age 78

Coretta Scott King, who surged to the front of the fight for racial equality in the United States after her husband Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in 1968, has died at age 78, friends and family said on Tuesday.

Troubled Nepal Prepares to Vote

The Feb. 8 elections could mark a turning point in the clash between supporters of the king and Maoist rebels.

Aid to Afghanistan Will Continue, Donors Say

Envoys from nearly 70 nations and international bodies vowed Tuesday to keep up the flow of support to Afghanistan, which is still plagued by violence and poverty more than four years after the fall of the Taliban.

'Brokeback' Leads Oscars List

""Brokeback Mountain,"" about a pair of cowboys who fall in love, earned a leading eight Oscar nominations on Tuesday, including best picture, best director and best actor for star Heath Ledger.

U.S. Will Not Release Iraqi Women Prisoners

The United States will not give in to the demands of the kidnappers of reporter Jill Carroll, a U.S. military spokesman said on Tuesday, after a new video was aired in which she called for Iraqi women prisoners to be freed.

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