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Wozniacki Top of the World after Sharapova Withdrawal

Maria Sharapova’s season ended in disappointment on Wednesday as she saw her hopes of regaining the title at the WTA Championships after a seven year gap and of dethroning Caroline Wozniacki as world number one dashed because she is still feeling the effects of an ankle injury.

The former Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open champion from Russia announced that she was withdrawing from the women’s tour’s flagship event after losing 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to Li Na, the French Open champion from China.

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Asian Shares Rise as Europe Announces Debt Plan

Asian stock markets and the euro rose on Thursday as European leaders announced a deal to tackle the region's crippling sovereign debt woes.

After 10 hours of painstaking talks in Brussels, banks holding some of Greece's mountain of debt agreed to take a 50 percent "haircut" on their holdings, breaking a deadlock many hope will help end the two-year-old crisis.

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Pope Denounces Religious Terrorism

Pope Benedict XVI denounced religiously-motivated terrorism at a meeting with 300 leaders of world religions in Assisi Friday aimed at repudiating violence in the name of God.

"We know that terrorism is often religiously motivated and that the specifically religious character of the attacks is proposed as a justification for the reckless cruelty that considers itself entitled to discard the rules of morality for the sake of the intended 'good'," he said.

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Peugeot Aims to Double Production in Brazil

French auto giant PSA Peugeot Citroen plans to double production in Brazil by 2015, part of a global shift towards emerging economies hastened by the downturn in Europe and the United States.

Peugeot aims to produce 300,000 vehicles per year and increase its production of engines from 280,000 to 400,000 per year by then, its head of Latin American operations, Carlos Gomes, announced Wednesday.

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Four Killed in Rocket Attack in Kenya

Attackers fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a vehicle and killed four people in northern Kenya Thursday, police said.

"The vehicle was carrying eight people but four of them have died," a police officer in the region said on condition of anonymity.

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Bruce Willis, Second Wife are Expecting a Baby

Veteran Hollywood action star Bruce Willis is to become a father again at 56, his first baby with second wife Emma, 35, his spokesman said Wednesday.

The actor -- who has three children by first wife Demi Moore -- and Heming-Willis "will welcome their first child together early next year," said the publicist.

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S. African Mercenaries Reportedly Protecting Seif al-Islam Gadhafi

South African mercenaries who allegedly took part in Moammar Gadhafi’s failed escape bid are still taking care of his son Seif al-Islam, the Beeld newspaper said Thursday.

The South Africans were hired by a company with close ties to Gadhafi, training his presidential guard and handling some of his offshore financial dealings, the Afrikaans-language paper said.

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Killer-Teen Film Honored at London Festival

Harrowing psychological drama "We Need To Talk About Kevin" was on Wednesday named as the best film at the British Film Institute's (BFI) 55th London Film Festival.

The adaptation of Lionel Shriver's disturbing novel of the same name stars British actress Tilda Swinton as the mother of a boy who embarks on a high-school killing spree.

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Attackers Hit U.S.-Run Base in Afghanistan's Kandahar

Taliban armed with guns and explosives struck a U.S.-run base in Kandahar on Thursday, where blasts and gunfire reverberated in the southern Afghan city, police and witnesses said.

A group of "three to four" armed men, possibly with suicide vests, had taken up positions in an empty compound that was once used by the USAID development agency and were firing on the base, according to police.

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Pro-Assad Protesters Stage New Rally as Security Forces Kill 3

Syrian security forces and snipers Thursday killed three people, including a teenager, in the central region of Homs and the southern province of Daraa, two hotbeds of dissent, activists said.

"A 15-year-old minor was killed and three people were wounded by security forces during raids," in the town of Dael, near the southern city of Daraa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement.

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