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London wins bid to stage 2017 worlds

MONACO (Reuters) - London will fulfil a promise of a legacy for track and field following next year's Olympics after it was chosen to host the 2017 world athletics championships on Friday by beating Doha for the right to stage the global showpiece for the first time.

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Worlds would "complete circle" for London, Warner says

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Staging the 2017 world championships in London would complete the circle following the 2012 Olympic Games in the capital and go a long way to fulfilling Britain's athletics legacy promise, UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner said on Tuesday.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.