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27 May 2009 

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 REGIONS
 Africa
US Quietly Eases Some Sudan Sanctions  Audio Clip Available
Sheep's Head a Favorite Food in South Africa's Kwazulu-Natal Province
Somali Islamists Chop Off Thieves' Hands as Sharia Law Takes Hold  Audio Clip Available
 Americas
Venezuela's Chavez Recognizes Breakaway Georgian Regions as Independent
UN Envoy Clinton Says Haiti at Turning Point  Audio Clip Available
Mexico: Plane Hijacker Believed He Was on 'Divine' Mission
 Asia
Warning of Further Kidnappings Issued in Afghanistan  Audio Clip Available
Afghan Journalists Angry Over Colleague's Death
Oil Firms Accused of Whitewashing Burma Pipeline Abuses by Military Rulers  Audio Clip Available
 Europe
French General Takes Over Senior NATO Job  Audio Clip Available
Venezuela's Chavez Recognizes Breakaway Georgian Regions as Independent
Report says 'Vicious Cycle'  Between EU and Ankara Impedes Turkey's EU Accession
 Iraq
Suicide Truck Bomb Kills 23 in Northern Iraq  Audio Clip Available
8 Killed in Kirkuk Car Bomb Blast
Arab League Ministers Meet in Cairo
 Middle East
Iranian Commander: 36 Killed in Post-Election Unrest
Iran: Talks With World Powers Will Not Involve Nuclear Program
Suicide Truck Bomb Kills 23 in Northern Iraq  Audio Clip Available
 United States
US Trade Deficit Jumps
NASA Shows First Hubble Telescope Pictures Since May Repair  Audio Clip Available
Former NFL Star Leads Drive for 9/11 Memorial  Video clip available
 TOPICS
 Arts and Entertainment
Washington, DC Teacher and Entrepreneur Celebrates African Culture
Zimbabwe Media Advocates Criticize Launch of New State-Run Newspaper  Audio Clip Available
Tony Shalhoub Counters Negative Stereotypes in Hollywood  Audio Clip Available
 Disasters and Accidents
At Least 200 Feared Dead in Sierra Leone Boat Accident
Indian School Stampede in India Leaves 5 Students Dead
Dozens Killed in Turkey Floods
 Economy and Finance
US Trade Deficit Jumps
Oil Firms Accused of Whitewashing Burma Pipeline Abuses by Military Rulers  Audio Clip Available
Some Japanese Families Face Hunger During Recession  Audio Clip Available
 Education
Zimbabwe Education Minister Pledges to Keep Engaging Striking Teachers  Audio Clip Available
Obama Answers US Student Questions
Obama Urges Students to Work Hard   Audio Clip Available  Video clip available
 Environment
30,000 Indigenous People Battle for Environmental Justice in Amazon  Audio Clip Available  Video clip available
Study Links Humans to Warming in Arctic
Farmers Using Rented Cattle, Goats for Green Weed Control  Video clip available
 Health
Lawmakers Give Mixed Reaction on Obama Health Care Speech  Audio Clip Available
Obama Addresses Nation on Health Care Reform  Video clip available
Obama to Push Controversial Health Care Plan During National Speech  Audio Clip Available
 Human Interest
Former NFL Star Leads Drive for 9/11 Memorial  Video clip available
9-9-09 a Good Day for Marriage
Hungary Marks Anniversary of Beginning of Collapse of Iron Curtain
 Human Rights and Law
Somali Islamists Chop Off Thieves' Hands as Sharia Law Takes Hold  Audio Clip Available
Afghan Journalists Angry Over Colleague's Death
Indonesia's Plan to Strengthen Anti-Terror Laws Worries Human Rights Advocates  Audio Clip Available
 Labor
Zimbabwe Education Minister Pledges to Keep Engaging Striking Teachers  Audio Clip Available
Some Schools Open in Zimbabwe As Main Teachers Unions Go Separate Ways  Audio Clip Available
Obama's Labor Day Speech Calls for Support on Health Care Reform  Video clip available
 Lifestyles
Sheep's Head a Favorite Food in South Africa's Kwazulu-Natal Province
South African Restaurant Serves Traditional Township Dishes in White Suburbs
South African Version of Curry Wins New Respect
 Politics
French General Takes Over Senior NATO Job  Audio Clip Available
Somali Islamists Chop Off Thieves' Hands as Sharia Law Takes Hold  Audio Clip Available
Iranian Commander: 36 Killed in Post-Election Unrest
 Religion
Obama Marks Ramadan At White House  Audio Clip Available
Dalai Lama Promises No Politics While in Taiwan  Audio Clip Available
Palestinians Observe Ramadan under Tight Israeli Security  Audio Clip Available
 Science and Technology
NASA Shows First Hubble Telescope Pictures Since May Repair  Audio Clip Available
US Sales of Electronic-Books Increasing  Video clip available
NASA Releases New Images of Deep Space  Video clip available
 Social Issues
Indian School Stampede in India Leaves 5 Students Dead
9-9-09 a Good Day for Marriage
Zimbabwe Constitutional Committee Regroups Amid Financial Difficulties  Audio Clip Available
 Sports
Zimbabwe's Highlanders Football Club, Brought Low, Fires Coach Ndlovu  Audio Clip Available
Germany Upsets Defending Eurobasket Champion Russia
Melanie Oudin Continues Upset Streak Against Russian Players in US Open
 War and Conflict
Somali Islamists Chop Off Thieves' Hands as Sharia Law Takes Hold  Audio Clip Available
Gabon Imposes Travel Ban on Opposition
Former NFL Star Leads Drive for 9/11 Memorial  Video clip available
 Weather
Hurricane Fred Strengthens Over Atlantic
Flooding Displaces Hundreds of Thousands in West Africa  Audio Clip Available
Jimena Weakens to Tropical Storm