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AFGHAN-ELECTION. Afghanistan increases voting centers for runoff.
IRAN-NUCLEAR. Ahmadinejad says West now cooperating with Iran.
RUSSIA-US-NUCLEAR ARMS. US security adviser in Moscow nuclear arms talks.
CLINTON. Clinton: Pakistan was right to take more aggressive approach.
SAUDI-FAMILY FEUD. Conglomerate feud tarnishes Saudi image.
BRITAIN GRAVES. London running out of room to put its dead.
KABUL _ Afghan election officials say that there will be more voting centers for next week's presidential runoff than in the fraud-tainted first-round vote in August, rejecting U.N. recommendations to eliminate sites to prevent cheating. Moved. By Heidi Vogt. AP Photos.
TEHRAN, Iran _ Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that Tehran will not give up its nuclear program, but notes that the West and Iran are now cooperating _ remarks that appear to reinforce Iran's support for the general outline of a U.N.-drafted nuclear deal. Moved. By Nasser Karimi.
LAHORE, Pakistan _ U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says that Pakistan had little choice but to take a more aggressive approach, starting last summer, to combatting Taliban and other extremist forces that threaten to destabilize the country. Moved. By Robert Burns.
JOHANNESBURG _ Zimbabwean immigration officials bar the United Nation's torture investigator from entering their country and return him to South Africa, an act he terms a "serious diplomatic incident" that reflects a split in the coalition government. Moved. By Donna Bryson.
BRUSSELS _ European Union leaders open a difficult summit, facing an east-west rift over who should pay most to entice developing nations to sign up to a new global climate change pact. Developing. By Constant Brand.
MOSCOW _ U.S. National Security Adviser James Jones meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, opening a day of negotiations expected to focus on downsizing nuclear arsenals and the Iran issue. Developing. By David Nowak. AP Photos.
UNITED NATIONS _ Cuba is willing to hold talks with the United States "on any level," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez says in conciliatory remarks aimed at the Obama administration. Moved. By Paul Haven. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON _ An island in the Indian Ocean, vital to the U.S. military, disappears as the sea level rises. Rivers critical to India and Pakistan shrink, increasing military tensions in South Asia. Drought, famine and disease forces population shifts and political turmoil in the Middle East. Moved. By H. Josef Hebert.
LONDON _ So you think London, population 8 million, is crowded with the living? There are many millions more under the soil of a city that has been inhabited for 2,000 years. And London is rapidly running out of places to put them. Now the city's largest cemetery is trying to persuade Londoners to share a grave with a stranger. By Jill Lawless. AP Photos LST105, LST101, LST102, LST104, LST103, LST106.
CAIRO _ It's more than an average family squabble: two billionaire Saudi families, linked by marriage, are locked in a bitter legal battle over allegations of billions of dollars in fraud. Claims of scapegoating and family jealousies are splashed across Mideast papers, and the dispute threatens to tarnish the kingdom's image just as the global meltdown squeezes its companies. Moved. By Tarek el-Tablawy.
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HONG KONG _ Asian economies from China to India will grow faster than expected through next year, far outpacing recoveries in the West, thanks to aggressive government stimulus spending and a pickup in global trade, the International Monetary Fund says. Moved. By Jeremiah Marquez. AP Photos.
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AMSTERDAM _ Oil company Royal Dutch Shell PLC reports a 62 percent fall in profit for the third quarter, as weakness in the global economy pushed down oil prices and refining margins. Moved. By Toby Sterling.
FRANKFURT _ German unemployment declined again in October, with fewer people out of work but the lingering effects of the financial crisis still felt. Moved. By Matt Moore.
FRANKFURT _ A reluctance to spend on new cars pinches German carmaker Volkswagen AG which sees its third-quarter net profit slide 85 percent, continued evidence that the global downturn is affecting car and truck sales. Moved. By George Frey. AP Photo.
TOKYO _ Nintendo's first-half profit plunged as sales of its hit Wii home console fizzled, forcing the maker of Super Mario and Pokemon games to forecast annual earnings would fall for the first time in six years. Moved. By Yuri Kageyama. AP Photos.
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