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Chile And NASA - Working Together To Save The 33 Miners

Updated: 10/15/2010 - Drawing upon the lessons learned from decades of space missions, experts from NASA helped Chilean authorities work out ways to keep 33 trapped miners healthy and sane during 69 days of confinement. They also helped design the capsule that finally brought the miners to safety. Today, they're sharing in the celebration —and hoping that the Chileans will share their experiences with the space agency once the dust settles.

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Van Gogh Painting Stolen by Ministry

Posted: 10/12/2010 - An Egyptian court has convicted 11 officials from the Culture Ministry, including the deputy minister, for gross negligence and incompetence in the theft of a Vincent Van Gogh painting.

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Chilean Miners Close to Rescue

Posted: 10/11/2010 - The 33 miners trapped underground in Chile are hours away from rescue. The escape shaft was completed Monday after almost 10 weeks.

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Boat Overturns in India, Killing at least 12

Posted: 10/10/2010 - An official says a boat carrying dozens of farm workers has capsized on the flooded Ganges River in eastern India, killing at least 12 people.

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Chilean Escape Shaft Finished

Posted: 10/10/2010 - Chile's health minister says panic attacks are the biggest worry as rescue teams prepare to extract 33 miners who have spent more than two months trapped deep below the Chilean desert.

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Volcanic Worldwide Weekly Activity Oct 7

Updated: 10/07/2010 - 29 September-5 October 2010 New Activity/Unrest: | Nevado del Huila, Colombia | Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island | Planchón-Peteroa, Central Chile-Argentina border | Reventador, Ecuador

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Tour de France Winner Contador Facing More Questions

Updated: 10/06/2010 - Tour de France winner Alberto Contador had eight times the allowable amount of a chemical that indicates doping in his system during this year's race, according to The New York Times.

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Pope Benedict XVI Arrives in Sicily

Updated: 10/03/2010 - Pope Benedict XVI is starting a one-day visit to Palermo, where Sicilians hope he will rid the island of the Mafia.

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Nigeria: Ex-militant Leader Arrested Over Bombings

Posted: 10/02/2010 - LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - A spokeswoman for Nigeria's secret police tells The Associated Press an ex-leader of a militant group that claimed responsibility for a dual car bombing has been arrested.

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3 Police Colonels Investigated in Ecuador Protests

Posted: 10/02/2010 - QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Ecuadorean officials are considering possible charges against three police colonels for failing to prevent massive protests by their subordinates that left five dead.

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Authorities Report Kidnapping in Mexico

Posted: 10/02/2010 - ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - Authorities in Mexico say gunmen have kidnapped 20 men who were traveling together in the Pacific coast resort city of Acapulco.

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Volcanic Activity Weekly Update

Posted: 10/01/2010 - The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report is a cooperative project between the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey's Volcano Hazards Program. Updated by 2300 UTC every Wednesday, notices of volcanic activity posted on these pages are preliminary and subject to change as events are studied in more detail.

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