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U.S. 'Deeply Disappointed' by Israel Settler Homes Plan

The United States said Tuesday it was disappointed by Israel's announced plans to build new homes for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem.

"We are deeply disappointed," said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, adding the U.S. considered the move "counterproductive to our efforts to resume direct negotiations between the parties."

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Iran Plans to Send Ships Close to U.S. Waters

Iran's navy is going to deploy ships close to US territorial waters, its commander in chief was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

"As the global oppression (the U.S.) is present not far from our maritime border ... our navy is going to have a strong presence not far from U.S. territorial waters," the Irna news agency quoted Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying.

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Tunisian Court Frees Ex-Libyan PM

A judicial official says Libya's ex-prime minister has been freed from jail after an appeals court overturned his conviction for illegally entering Tunisia.

Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi was arrested Sept. 22 on charges of illegal entry after he was found without a visa as he was trying to flee across the border to Algeria. He was convicted the same day to six months in prison.

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Saudi Woman Sentenced to 10 Lashes for Driving

A Saudi woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for defying a ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom, an activist said on Tuesday, while another woman was arrested in the capital.

Sheima Jastaniah was sentenced on Monday by a court in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, where she was caught driving in July, the activist said, requesting anonymity.

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McAfee Adds Protection for Mobile Gadgets

Computer security firm McAfee on Tuesday will launch a service that unifies defenses for computers, smartphones and tablets.

McAfee billed AllAccess as an unprecedented offering for coordinated protection of desktop, laptop and netbook computers along with smartphones or tablets powered by Android, Symbian, or Blackberry operating systems.

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9 Killed as Syrian Forces Mount Raids on Dissent

Syrian forces mounting raids on dissidents killed at least nine civilians on Tuesday, rights groups said, as Damascus accused the West of trying to break up the country with "total chaos."

And as China expressed its concern at the wider implications of the turbulence, the United States warned of signs that President Bashar al-Assad's opponents were turning to violence.

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Obama Says Europe 'Scaring World' Over Greece Failures

Europe's failure to tackle crippling Greek debt is "scaring the world," U.S. President Barack Obama warned as Germany rejected plans to boost funding for the EU's debt rescue facility.

Asian stocks rallied sharply Tuesday, following a see-sawing recovery on U.S. and European markets as investors absorbed mixed messages over how the Eurozone intends to chart its way out of the debt crisis.

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Treasure Hunters Eye Huge Silver Haul from WWII Ship

When the SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-boat 70 years ago, it took its huge silver cargo to a watery grave. U.S. divers are working to recover what may be the biggest shipwreck haul ever, valued at some $210 million.

Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration on Monday confirmed the identity and location of the Gairsoppa, and cited official documents indicating the British ship was carrying some 219 tons of silver when it sank in 1941 in the North Atlantic some 300 miles (490 kilometers) off the Irish coast.

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Amazon Expected to Unveil Tablet at Mystery Event

With nearly 30 million iPads sold, Apple is the undisputed tablet computer champion.

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, U.S. computer giant Hewlett-Packard, South Korea's Samsung and scores of other companies with devices powered by Google's Android software have all taken swings at the iPad and missed.

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Report: Goldman Sachs Eyes Major Cuts

Goldman Sachs is mulling drastic spending cuts as it braces for what could be one of its worst quarterly reports since it went public more than a decade ago, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

After Goldman set out this summer to cut costs by $1.2 billion by mid-2012, including slashing some 1,000 jobs, or three percent of its workforce, the Times said the firm is now considering cutting up to $1.45 billion.

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