World December 12th, 2010 (10)

#1 — BBC | Kosovo holds historic election as division persists

Kosovo is holding its first parliamentary election since unilaterally declaring independence from Serbia almost three years ago.

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#2 — BBC | Stockholm shopping blasts kill one and injure two

One person has been killed and two others hurt by two blasts in the centre of the Swedish capital, Stockholm, amid reports of a bomb attack.

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#3 — BBC | Turkmen natural gas pipeline Tapi to cross Afghanistan

A deal has been struck on building a 1,700km (1,050m) pipeline to carry Turkmen natural gas across Afghanistan to Pakistan and India.

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#4 — CNN | Pre-winter storm pounds Midwest

(CNN) — Much of the upper Midwest battled blizzard conditions Saturday, with a combination of heavy snow, fierce winds and subzero temperatures pummeling the region 10 days before the official start of winter.

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#5 — Fox | McCain: A Third Party Will Rise if We Don't Listen to America

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says he will support President Obama's tax cut compromise, even though he's not happy about all the pork and earmarks being loaded into it. In fact, McCain predicts that if Congress keeps it up, Americans will be so upset by the fiscal irresponsibility, they will elect third party.

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#6 — NY Times | A Massacre Shows Power of Gangs in Rural Russia

KUSHCHEVSKAYA, Russia — The flowers outside the Ametov family’s house in this small farm town have wilted, but two jumpy police officers standing sentry by the wrought-iron gate offer fresh testimony to the horror of what occurred inside.

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#7 — DM | Lib Dem aide was Russia's best spy in 30 years, says top KGB defector

The blonde Commons researcher facing deportation from Britain after being accused of espionage is Russia’s most effective spy in 30 years, a top KGB defector claims.

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#8 — Independent | US may pass new law to prosecute Assange

Anger at Julian Assange continues to consume much of Washington this weekend, and a first formal hearing on Capitol Hill over options for prosecuting him could come as early as next week. Yet a claim made by one of the WikiLeaks founder's lawyers, that the US was preparing to file charges against him "imminently", was dismissed by an official at the Justice Department.

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#9 — Telegraph | Police link honeymoon murder of Anni Dewani to 2007 killing

The case against Shrien Dewani, the British millionaire arrested on suspicion of having his wife killed on honeymoon, has taken a dramatic new twist after South Africa's police chief linked him to another murder three years ago.

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#10 — Telegraph | Wikileaks: Russia trailed Litvinenko killers 'but Britain warned them off'

Russia was hunting the killers of Alexander Litvinenko before he was poisoned but KGB officials were assured by British intelligence the matter was “under control”, according to a claim in the latest Wikileaks release.

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