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Illegal miners overrun Freeport's Congo mine

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Illegal miners in Democratic Republic of Congo burned trucks and stole copper from the $2 billion Tenke Fungurume mine in a dispute with Freeport-McMoRan, the country's largest foreign investor, a provincial minister said.

Afghan election fraud dispute does Obama no good

KABUL (Reuters) - Can President Barack Obama ask Americans to send more of their sons and daughters to die in Afghanistan to defend a government willing to steal an election?

F1 teams bid to resolve financial rift with FIA

SIVERSTONE, England (AP) - The Formula One Teams Association has made a late attempt to resolve its feud with the sport's governing body over rule changes before Friday's deadline to unconditionally enter next season's championship.

Russian gas disruption spreads across Europe

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia sharply cut gas flows to Europe via Ukraine on Tuesday in a dramatic worsening of a pricing dispute with Kiev that threatened to disrupt supplies as far west as Italy and Germany.

Wolfowitz refuses to quit Bank, wants name cleared

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz refused on Wednesday to bow to heavy European pressure to resign as he sought to clear his name in negotiations with the bank's board over a possible exit strategy.

Wolfowitz refuses to quit Bank, wants name cleared

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz refused on Wednesday to bow to heavy European pressure to resign as he sought to clear his name in negotiations with the bank's board over a possible exit strategy.

Italy's Berlusconi rejects Prodi victory

ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi rejected centre-left leader Romano Prodi's claim to victory in general elections on Tuesday and alleged widespread voting irregularities, throwing Italy into political chaos.

Don't dictate to me, Canada's Martin tells USA

RICHMOND, British Columbia (Reuters) - Prime Minister Paul Martin escalated a war of words with the United States on Wednesday, telling Washington not to dictate to him what topics he can raise in the run-up to Canada's Jan. 23 election.

Talks still going on over DRB-Hicom stake, says PM

The tussle between the two Tan Sris for control of DRB-Hicom Bhd has not been resolved and Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop is holding talks with the two parties, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Government may step in to solve DRB-HICOM dispute

THE Government could very well make good on its warning of intervening in the dispute over the ownership of a 15.8% strategic block in DRB-HICOM Bhd given that Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary and the Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin-led consortium are unable to settle the matter, analysts said.