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U.S. TV Network Apologizes to Bachmann for Foul Song

NBC television has apologized to Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann after a band played "Lyin' Ass Bitch" during her appearance on a late-night talk show, her spokeswoman said.

The show's band played part of Fishbone's 1985 risque song as Bachmann walked on the set of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," which aired early Tuesday, prompting the Minnesota congresswoman to accuse the band of bias and sexism.

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Oil Sands Digger Uncovers Dinosaur

A heavy equipment operator unearthed what appears to be a nearly complete plesiosaur while digging in Canada's oil sands, Syncrude announced Thursday.

The fossil was discovered on November 14 and is now being examined by Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology scientists who aim to have it removed by the end of the week, the company said in a statement.

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Euro, Stocks Hit as Italy Debt Problems Mount

Mounting concerns over Italy's debt problems pushed the euro and stock markets down Friday only for a technical bounce to take them off their lows after sustained recent losses.

Dealers said investors appeared to have lost confidence that European leaders can deliver a solution to the Eurozone debt crisis snapping at their heels, with the euro slumping to seven-week dollar lows.

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Russia Grabs Belarus Gas System in Rescue Deal

Russia on Friday took control of the Belarus gas pipeline network in an economic rescue deal that will help Minsk survive isolation by the West and increase the Kremlin's influence over its neighbor.

Russian gas giant Gazprom said it would pay $2.5 billion to take the 50 percent stake it does not own in Beltransgaz in a deal easing pressure on the depleted treasury of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

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India Says Retail Reform will Create 10 Million Jobs

India said on Friday plans to open its vast retail sector to global supermarket chains would create up to 10 million jobs over three years after the cabinet approved the long-awaited reforms.

The pledge by Commerce Minister Anand Sharma came after heated opposition protests stopped the government announcing details in parliament about its move to relax foreign ownership rules for retailers such as Wal-Mart.

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Villas-Boas Reveals Abramovich Backing

Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas revealed on Friday that he has held talks with owner Roman Abramovich, as he bids to turn around a spell of worrying form that threatens to derail the Blues' season.

Chelsea have lost four of their last seven games in all competition and are experiencing their worst start to a Premier League season since Abramovich bought the club eight years ago.

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Asian Markets Down on European Discord

Asian markets mostly fell on Friday as a meeting between the eurozone's three biggest economies highlighted their differences on finding a solution to the region's debt crisis.

Traders remained nervous at the end of a week that saw fears over Europe deepen as the yields on Italian and Spanish bonds sat dangerously high and even Germany -- the bloc's pillar -- failed to sell all its bonds at auction.

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Three More Europeans Abducted, One Killed in Mali

An armed gang of kidnappers abducted three Europeans and killed a fourth in the Timbuktu region of northern Mali, security sources said on Friday.

The victim who was shot dead had tried to resist his abduction, according to the sources who did not give the nationality of the hostages.

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Saudi Beheaded for Murder of Policeman

A man convicted of murdering a policeman during a drug trafficking arrest was beheaded on Friday, the Interior Ministry said, raising to at least 71 the number of executions in Saudi Arabia this year.

The ministry, in a statement carried by the state news agency SPA, said Fahd Kahtani had also wounded several other police officers with machinegun fire.

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ICC Trial for Seif al-Islam Could Be in Libya

The trial of deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam could be held in Libya under the auspices of the International Criminal Court, its chief prosecutor said Friday.

"The prosecutor proposed as a third possibility that the ICC might, subject to judges' approval, conduct the trial against Seif al-Islam in Libya," Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a document before the Hague-based court.

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