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French Mime Marcel Marceau Dies

Marcel Marceau, who revived the art of mime and brought poetry to silence, has died, his former assistant said Sunday.

Sarkozy's Battle Takes a Toll on Immigrants

A Russian boy suffers head injuries after falling from a window while trying to elude police. A North African man slips from a window ledge and fractures his leg while fleeing officers.

English Seems to Be Dehyphenating

About 16,000 words have succumbed to the pressures of the Internet age and lost their hyphens in a new edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

Monks Blocked in Myanmar

Hundreds of anti-government demonstrators abandoned an attempt to approach the home of Myanmar's detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday after a show of force by police, witnesses said.

Fukuda Chosen to Be Japan's Premier

Japan's ruling party on Sunday picked Yasuo Fukuda, an advocate of warmer ties with Asian neighbors, to be the next prime minister, but the 71-year-old lawmaker faces a likely policy deadlock in a divided parliament.

Israel Agrees to Release 90 Prisoners

Israel agreed Sunday to free another 90 Palestinian prisoners to bolster President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of a U.S.-sponsored conference on Palestinian statehood, officials said.

Blackwater's Exit Would Leave 'Security Vacuum' in Baghdad

An Iraqi official said Sunday that Blackwater USA's exit would create a ""security vacuum"" in Baghdad and that U.S. and Iraqi officials were instead working on revamping regulations governing private security companies after a deadly shooting of civilians.

Poland Doesn't Want Election Observers

Poland said Friday that it did not want observers from Europe's main security watchdog to monitor its Oct. 21 parliamentary election, because it was a democracy.

Funds Eye Northern Rock Deal

Three leading hedge funds are planning a breakup of beleaguered British bank Northern Rock, a newspaper report said Sunday.

Paulson Defends Strong Greenback

U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Friday that a strong dollar was in his country's interest, and stressed that the U.S. economy would continue to grow -- in part because of low inflation and strong global growth.

Dollar's Fall Scares Some in Europe

Dollar's Fall Scares Some In Europe The Associated Press NEW YORK -- The dollar hit a new low against the seemingly unstoppable euro Friday as the 13-nation currency broke through $1.41. The euro's ascension renewed calls from French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the European Central Bank to follow the U.S. Federal Reserve and cut interest rates, which would help keep French exports competitive. Despite the worries of some exporters, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood firm that the bank must remain independent. The currency of the 13 euro nations, which have more than 317 million residents and account for more than 15 percent of global gross domestic product, surged as high as $1.4119 before falling back to $1.4083 by late afternoon. As the dollar weakens against the euro, it could dampen European exports to the United States, making European-made products -- from automobiles to consumer appliances --more expensive for American buyers. The strength of the currency is becoming a political issue, particularly in France, which has repeatedly demanded that the ECB end its nearly two-year rate hike campaign. Trichet said in a speech Thursday that independence was the cornerstone of the bank's monetary policy because it ""allows the central bank to pursue its primary objective and to take full responsibility for its action.""

U.S. Could Limit JFK Flights Next Summer to Ease Traffic

The U.S. government has taken the first step toward possibly limiting flights as early as next summer at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, one of the busiest and one of the most congested airports.

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