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BBC Reporter Released in Gaza

BBC reporter Alan Johnston was freed Wednesday after being held in solitary confinement by Palestinian gunmen for four months in the Gaza Strip, an experience he said was ""like being buried alive.""

700 Religious Students Yield at Besieged Pakistani Mosque

Leaders of a besieged radical mosque in the Pakistani capital remained defiant as a deadline calling for their immediate surrender passed Wednesday, a day after clashes there killed at least 16 people.

British Terrorist Suspects Were in Police Database

British police believe they have arrested the main suspects in an al-Qaida-style bomb plot, some of whom appeared in intelligence databases on radical Islamists, sources close to the investigation said Wednesday.

Governors Not Made to Measure

At last! Two years after introducing a system for appointing rather than electing governors, the Kremlin has come up with a system for publicly evaluating the effectiveness of their work.

A Farewell to Agreement

At the Group of Eight summit last month in Germany, world leaders were unable to reach much of an agreement on environmental issues.

EU Offers Cash to Solve Wine Crisis

Europe's farm chief unveiled an ambitious five-year plan Wednesday that offers generous cash rewards to winemakers to encourage them to dig up some of their grape vines, hoping to drain the EU's substantial ""wine lakes.""

Dutch Minister Hands Out Residency Permits to 30,000

Vipero Botari fled violence-wracked Congo 14 years ago with his wife and daughter to seek asylum and acceptance in the Netherlands. On Wednesday, Botari and his family finally got what they came for: residency permits.

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