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Casey Anthony to be released next wednesday

US single mother Casey Anthony has been sentenced to four years in prison for lying to police investigating the 2008 death of her two-year-old daughter. Anthony was cleared this week of murder and other charges in the disappearance and death of Caylee Anthony. The case in Orlando, Florida, has gripped the US since Caylee vanished

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Strauss-Kahn Case Prosecutor Rejects Calls to Step Down

The New York prosecutor handling the sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has rejected calls to step down. Attorneys representing the hotel maid who accuses Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape asked New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Wednesday to recuse himself from the case. They say Vance leaked information damaging the credibility of their client. However, a spokesman for Vance dismissed the request, calling it "wholly without merit

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Casey Anthony not guilty of murder of daughter Caylee

A court in Florida has found US single mother Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter. Prosecutors said Ms Anthony, 25, suffocated Caylee in 2008 because she kept her back from a life of partying. At first she said the girl was kidnapped by a nanny, then at trial said she drowned in a swimming pool. But a jury cleared her of the most serious charges

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Libya Rebels Reject African Union Peace Plan

Libyan rebels are rejecting an African Union peace plan because it does not demand the immediate resignation of Moammar Gadhafi. The African Union wants a multi-national peacekeeping force for Libya. Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, the spokesman for Libya's rebel National Transitional Council says the African Union plan is not complete because it does not call for Colonel Gadhafi to give up power

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China Hosts Sudan President Bashir

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is visiting China for talks with top officials. In a news conference after his arrival Tuesday, Chinese officials defended the visit by a leader wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Beijing early Tuesday morning, nearly one day later than originally scheduled

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Cell Phone Offers Clues to bin Laden’s Pakistan Links

A leading U.S. newspaper reports a cell phone found during the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan contained contacts to a militant group that has “strong ties” to Pakistan's intelligence agency. Citing unnamed U.S. officials, The New York Times says the discovery of the phone indicated that the group, Haradat-ul-Mujahideen, was part of bin Laden's support network within Pakistan

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Clinton: Africa Should Sever Ties With Gadhafi

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called on African nations to cut ties with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and work with the Libyan opposition. Clinton made the remarks Monday in a speech at African Union headquarters in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa

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Sarah Palin’s E-mails released

Officials in the far northwestern U.S. state of Alaska have released more than 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin's e-mails from her first two years as governor. The e-mails were distributed in paper form to reporters Friday, at the state capital, Juneau. Several news agencies have begun scanning them for distribution electronically

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Goodluck Jonathan Takes Oath for 1st Full Term

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan became the country's 14th head of state Sunday as he was sworn in for his first full term. Mr. Jonathan took the oath of office from Chief Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu in front of thousands of dignitaries in the capital, Abuja. Those in attendance included the leaders of Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Senegal, South Africa and Zimbabwe

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Strauss-Kahn DNA Found on Maid’s Clothing

U.S. news media are reporting that DNA taken from the former International Monetary Fund chief matches material taken from the work clothes of a hotel maid he is accused of sexually assaulting. New York police denied Tuesday that any information about the testing of DNA samples obtained from Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been released, and prosecutors say the results will not be released until he goes on trial

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ICC Prosecutor Calls for Arrest of Libyan Leader

The International Criminal Court prosecutor has asked judges to issue arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, one of his sons and his intelligence chief, for crimes against humanity. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said at The Hague Monday he had gathered evidence that Mr. Gadhafi, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanousi committed crimes with the goal of preserving the Libyan leader's authority

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn to Face Criminal Sexual Assault Charge

New York City police say they expect to formally charge the head of the International Monetary Fund early Sunday with criminal sexual assault, attempted rape and the unlawful imprisonment of a hotel maid. New York police said 62-year-old Dominique Strauss-Kahn was apprehended while sitting on an Air France plane that was idle on the tarmac at JFK international airport before its takeoff to Paris

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Obama Congratulates Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

U.S. President Barack Obama has phoned Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to congratulate him on his election victory, while also deploring post-election violence. In a statement Wednesday, Mr. Obama said he commended the Nigerian people for their resolve and patience during last month's presidential, legislative and gubernatorial elections

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