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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (Zahran Hammad, Getty Images) France dismisses inquiry into Yasser Arafat's death

French magistrates have decided to dismiss an inquiry into the 2004 death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose widow claims he was poisoned.

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Volkswagen CEO to have contract extended to 2018
Top directors of Volkswagen AG plan to give a two-year contract extension CEO Martin Winterkorn, who emerged on top of a power struggle earlier this year with company patriarch Ferdinand Piech.
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Toy maker Lego sees strong growth, profit in all regions
Lego says its popular multi-colored toy blocks were in strong demand in the first half of the year, resulting in good growth in profits and revenue and an upbeat outlook for the full year.
Russian president Vladimir Putin. (Oleg Nikishin, Getty Images)
Russia's Putin commemorates victory over Japan in WWII
President Vladimir Putin has joined Russian veterans for an unusual ceremony commemorating the 1945 victory over Japan to end World War II.
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Preview of China's new military gear
When China rolls out its latest armaments Thursday, defense experts and foreign armies will be watching closely.
Models show Samsung Electronics Co's Android smartphones during the unveiling ceremony on February 4, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. Samsung aims to treble smartphone sales over 18 millon units, also targets 270 million cellar phone sales in 2010. (Chung Sung-Jun, Getty Images)
Report: Malware targeting Android smartphones on the rise
Malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common, with some handsets already infected when they're bought.
Pope Francis (Franco Origlia, Getty Images)
Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'
Pope Francis says he is letting all priests in the church's upcoming Year of Mercy absolve the "sin of abortion" if they seek forgiveness with a "contrite heart."
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Bull gores 66-year-old man to death during Spanish festival
A Spanish mayor says a man has died after being charged down and gored by a bull that was being herded into a northern village as part of annual celebrations to honor its patron saint.
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Afghan official says forces retake district from Taliban
An Afghan official says government forces have regained control of a strategic district in southern Helmand province that the Taliban had seized.
White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice
Pakistan officials: US envoy discusses Afghan peace efforts
Pakistani officials say visiting U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice has discussed efforts to revive Afghan peace talks.
The Ebola virus.
Sierra Leone: Officials confirm new Ebola death
Health officials in Sierra Leone say blood samples from the body of a 67-year-old woman who died recently have tested positive for Ebola.

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