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Report: Pig Picture Sends up Vermont Police

Vermont's police force was oink-credibly embarrassed when they realized that the emblem on their squad cars had been doctored to show a pig.

Long an insulting term to refer to police, a pig is hardly the symbol that uniformed officers would like to display.

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Oil Minister: Iran Asked OPEC States not to Raise Output

Iran has asked OPEC members not to raise oil production to compensate for a European Union embargo against the Islamic republic, Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said on Saturday.

Qasemi said the request was forwarded in a letter to Iraq, the current head of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

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Bee Gees Lead Singer in 'Spectacular' Cancer Recovery

Bee Gees lead singer Robin Gibb said Friday he was making a "spectacular" recovery from colon cancer and felt better than ever.

"The prognosis is that it's almost gone and I feel fantastic and really from now on it's just what they could describe as a 'mopping-up' operation," the 62-year-old told BBC radio.

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Brazil's Embraer Presents Jet to Martial Arts Star Jackie Chan

Brazil's leading planemaker Embraer is eyeing the large Chinese market, and on Friday presented a Legacy 650 executive jet to martial arts star Jackie Chan to help build its brand there.

Embraer said in a statement that Chan would help the company promote "its entire line of executive aircraft, not only in the rapidly growing greater China market, but globally."

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Samsung Condemns 'anti-Iran' Ad Featuring its Tablet

Samsung Electronics on Saturday condemned an Israeli commercial featuring a Samsung tablet, expressing dismay at Iran's threat to ban its products over the apparently anti-Tehran teaser.

The South Korean electronics giant said it had not been involved in production of the TV spot, produced by Israeli cable TV channel HOT.

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Exxon, Petrom Find Gas in Black Sea Shelf

Energy giants ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom said Saturday they have found gas deposits in the Romanian part of the Black Sea continental shelf, a month after they began explorations in the area.

"The first deepwater well drilled by ExxonMobil and OMV Petrom indicates the presence of natural gas," the two companies said in a press release.

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Thousands Hold Rival Putin Rallies in Moscow

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Moscow Saturday for rival rallies opposing and supporting Russian strongman Vladimir Putin's political domination one month ahead of presidential polls.

Police said between 87,000 and 90,000 turned up for the pro-Putin rally in the west of the capital and put the number of protesters at the anti-Putin march to a square overlooking the Kremlin at around 23,000.

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U.N.: Civilian Deaths in Afghan War Hit Record High

Last year was the deadliest on record for Afghan civilians with 3,021 killed, a rise of 8 percent from the year before as insurgents ratcheted up violence with roadside bombs and suicide attacks, the United Nations said Saturday.

Taliban-affiliated militants were responsible for more than three-quarters of the civilian deaths in 2011, the fifth year in a row in which the death toll went up, the U.N. said.

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Ferry Runs Aground in Italy Snowstorm, Coastguard Rescues 260

More than 260 people were rescued early Saturday from a ferry which ran aground off Italy in a snow storm, while emergency services freed people trapped in cars and trains in freezing temperatures.

The Shardon ferry ran aground shortly after setting off from Civitavecchia port near Rome, causing panic among the 262 passengers who feared a repeat of a cruise ship tragedy in the area last month which killed 32 people.

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Egypt Clashes Enter 3rd Day as Death Toll Mounts

Police fired tear gas and birdshot at protesters on Saturday in the third day of deadly clashes in Cairo, as anger at the ruling military boiled over after 74 people died in football-related violence.

The police responded after dozens of protesters threw stones at officers guarding the interior ministry headquarters hundreds of meters (yards) from the Egyptian capital's iconic Tahrir Square.

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