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Medics Freed to Help Trade Ties

Warmer political relations created by Libya's freeing of six foreign medics will boost efforts by the OPEC member to widen investment ties and modernize its mostly primitive economic management, experts say.

Alitalia Staff Shoulders the Blame

Working for a failing airline many Italians love to hate is never easy, but some harassed Alitalia staff say a dud privatization has pushed their working lives to a new low.

Innovative Project Trains Rats to Find Land Mines

Who says Tom and Jerry can't be friends? For the past year, a special Colombian police unit has been locking rats in cages with cats as part of a project to train the rodents to sniff out the more than 100,000 land mines planted mostly by leftist rebels across this conflict-wracked Andean country.

Taliban Kill Hostage, Set 'Final' Deadline

Taliban kidnappers killed one of their 23 South Korean hostages and will kill the rest if their demands for the release of prisoners are not met by a final deadline late Wednesday, a Taliban spokesman said.

Flooding Forces Evacuation in Oxford

Rising flood waters forced dozens of residents to be evacuated in this university town Wednesday as the surge from Britain's worst floods in 60 years pushed through the Thames Valley.

Arab League Makes First Israel Visit

An Arab League delegation paid a historic visit to Israel on Wednesday to present a plan calling for comprehensive regional settlement, saying they were extending ""a hand of peace"" on behalf of the Arab world.

Italian Firefighters Battle Blazes Caused by Arson, Heat Wave

Firefighters were battling on Wednesday to contain scattered fires across central and southern Italy, which authorities believe were largely caused by arsonists.

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