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AFGHANISTAN. Afghan government says it's ready for any postelection violence.
IRAN. Mass trial continues of Iran opposition protesters.
TURKEY-PAKISTAN. Forum seeks to help Pakistan.
SOUTH AFRICA-SEMENYA'S RETURN. South Africans rally at airport for runner.
JAPAN-RURAL VOTERS. Angry and fed up, Japan's rural voters seek change.
KABUL _ The first returns from last week's disputed presidential election are due to be released as the number of major fraud complaints continues to rise. Developing; partial preliminary results expected at 1230 GMT. By Heidi Vogt. AP Photos.
WITH: AFGHAN-ELECTION-ANALYSIS; AFGHANISTAN-GOLDEN HOUR
LOS ANGELES _ Michael Jackson's death has been ruled a homicide caused by a mix of drugs meant to treat insomnia, a law enforcement official tells The Associated Press, while his personal doctor told investigators he was actually trying to wean the King of Pop off the powerful anesthetic that did him in. Moved. By Thomas Watkins and Justin Pritchard.
WASHINGTON _ With just two weeks of training, or about half the time it takes to become a truck driver, the CIA after 9/11 certified its spies as interrogation experts and handed them the keys to the most coercive tactics in the agency's arsenal. Moved.
WITH: CIA INTERROGATIONS
TEHRAN, Iran _ Iran presses on with mass trials of opposition activists on charges of rioting and plotting to topple the ruling Islamic system after the disputed June presidential election. New faces show up in the Tehran court, including two former deputy ministers and a reform leader who survived a gunshot attack in 2000. Moved. By Ali Akbar Dareini.
SOUTH AFRICA-SEMENYA'S RETURN
JOHANNESBURG _ Some 1,000 fans sing and dance at the airport in support of Caster Semenya as the runner, who is undergoing gender testing after her 800-meter win at the world championships, returns home to South Africa. Moved. By Celean Jacobson. AP Photo.
ISTANBUL _ Pakistan campaigns for economic support at an international forum, declaring that development can curb the violence and extremism of the Taliban and al-Qaida. Delegates at the 20-nation meeting include Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Developing. By Christopher Torchia. AP Photos.
MINGORA, Pakistan _ Nearly three months after Pakistan retook the Swat Valley from the Taliban, bloodied corpses are still turning up on the streets. This time, the victims are suspected militants _ and the killers are alleged to be security forces. Moved. By Elena Becatoros. AP Photos.
LONDON _ Benjamin Netanyahu's talks in Europe, beginning with a meeting with his British counterpart, will force the Israeli leader to balance the demands of his right-leaning ruling coalition against an international front opposed to Israeli settlements. Moved. By Matti Friedman. AP Photos.
BAGHDAD _ Capt. Nathan Williams asked the Iraqi battalion commander in charge of a northern Baghdad district whether he needed help with a planned security operation. The response, judging by the silence and body language, was clear: a polite "Thanks, but no thanks." Moved. By Hamza Hendawi. AP Photos.
AOMORI, Japan _ Perched on the upper tip of Japan's main island, Aomori prefecture is tired of being left behind. Japan's Liberal Democratic Party has held a virtual monopoly on power for much of the last 55 years, relying on the dogged loyalty of Aomori and other hinterlands. With rural voters now clamoring for change, the party finds itself struggling to defend its traditional home turf. Moved. By Tomoko A. Hosaka. AP Photos.
HAVANA _ Fidel Castro is back _ on Cuba's front pages, at least. Cuba's state media have published a flurry of photographs and a video of the former president in recent days, accompanied by assurances that his health has improved since he fell gravely ill in 2006. Moved. By Andrea Rodriguez.
MINNEAPOLIS _ Secret meetings, urgent phone calls and terrorist training videos featuring English speakers on YouTube are among the ways terrorists in Somalia have lured young American men back to their homeland to join their jihad. At least three have died, including one authorities believe is the first American suicide bomber. Three others have pleaded guilty in the U.S. terror-related charges. Moved. By Amy Forliti.
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LONDON _ World stocks drop, with Europe taking its cue from a 2.6 percent slump in China's main index, as investors become uneasy over recent gains and look to U.S. data for more direction. Developing. By Carlo Piovano. AP Photos.
WITH: OIL PRICES
OAK BLUFFS, Massachusetts _ Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, widely credited with taking aggressive action to avert an economic catastrophe after the financial meltdown last fall, will be nominated Tuesday by President Barack Obama for a second term. Moved.
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