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Top Iran Cleric Blasts Hard-Liners Over Elections

One of Iran's top clerics criticized hard-liners at the main Islamic prayers Friday, saying the clerical leadership must clear up doubts over the disputed presidential election and should release opposition supporters arrested in postelection crackdo

Health Care Fight Heats Up

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Pope Benedict XVI Leaves Hospital After Breaking Wrist

Pope Benedict XVI emerged smiling from the hospital Friday after undergoing surgery for a broken wrist due to a fall at his Alpine vacation chalet. Doctors said his right arm would be in a cast for a month.

'Child Bride' Says Sex With Pastor Began at Age 9

A 9-year-old girl was considered too young to answer the office phone at evangelist Tony Alamo's compound, but old enough for frequent sex with the ministry leader, she alleged at his federal trial on child-sex charges.

Fla. Couple to Be Laid to Rest as Probe Continues

A wealthy Florida Panhandle couple killed in their home during a precisely executed break-in were being laid to rest Friday as investigators said they still have more people they want to talk to about the crime.

Pakistan Clears Way for Sharif to Run for Office

Pakistan's top court acquitted opposition leader Nawaz Sharif on Friday of hijacking charges stemming from the 1999 coup against his government, clearing the last obstacle to his running for office.

Ahmadinejad Appoints New Iran Nuclear Chief

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed a new chief for the country's nuclear program, following the abrupt resignation of its veteran head, the official IRNA news agency reported Friday.

3 Coalition Soldiers Killed in Southern Iraq

Three soldiers were killed in an attack on a coalition forces base in the former Shiite militia stronghold of Basra, the U.S. military said Friday.

Starbucks Wipes Name From Seattle Location

Starbucks Corp. said Thursday it is wiping its name from one of its Seattle-area stores and adding alcohol to the menu.