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U.K. Hits Back at U.S. Critics

Britain's National Health Service says it's sick of what it calls lies from critics of Obama's health care overhaul

In Historic First, U.S. Senator to Meet Burma Chief

U.S. Senator Jim Webb plans to meet with Burma's top official, Senior General Than Shwe, following his arrival Friday in what would be the first-ever meeting between a U.S. official and Burma's junta chief, Webb's office said.

Oh, Canada ... or No Canada?

In U.S. health care debate, supporters of Canada's system say it's example of success, but critics warn of its pitfalls

Iran Calls for Ban on Striking Nuclear Facilities

Iran says the proposal is not linked to veiled threats by Israel of an attack as a last resort if the international community fails to persuade Tehran to freeze its nuclear activities.

Russia Sends Navy to Hunt for Missing 'Piracy' Ship

President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the Russian navy to join the hunt for a cargo ship which disappeared after passing through the English Channel.

Report: Lockerbie Bomber to Be Released From Jail

Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi will be released from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds, Sky News reported.

U.S. Marines Fight for Strategic Taliban Stronghold

The Taliban took an explosive hit in the northern Helmand province today. The marines lead some 500 in Operation Eastern Resolve, aiming to clear out the Taliban from the town of Dahaneh - a crucial resupply and regrouping base for militants.

Coach Pitino Admits to Sex, Paying for Abortion

Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino told police he had sex with a woman accused of trying to extort him of $10 million and later paid for her abortion, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Marines Storm Taliban-Held Town in Afghanistan

Helicopter-borne U.S. Marines backed by Harrier jets stormed into a Taliban-held town in southern Afghanistan before dawn Wednesday and exchanged heavy fire with insurgents, killing at least seven.

Hundreds Escape as Mudslides Bury Homes in Taiwan

The survivors, about 700, had made a narrow escape to safety just before the walls of mud and rock buried their homes, Reuters reported