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FRANCE: Prostitution charge for DSK

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was handed preliminary charges Monday alleging he was involved in a French prostitution ring, his lawyer said. The former International Monetary Fund chief is denying wrongdoing. It was a stunning blow on the home front for Strauss-Kahn, a onetime presidential hopeful. The charges come two days before a New York court takes up a civil case in which a hotel maid accuses Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her. In the northern French city of Lille on Monday, Strauss-Kahn was summoned for questioning and held for about eight hours. He was released under judicial supervision after paying 100,000 euros in bail, a judicial official said.


AFGHANISTAN: 3 more NATO troops killed

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Security forces shot and killed three NATO troops Monday, two Britons and an American, in two attacks. They were the latest in a rising number of attacks in which Afghan forces have turned their weapons on their foreign partners. The killings reflect a spike in tensions between Afghan and international forces that follow an American soldier's alleged massacre of Afghan civilians, the burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. base, and uncertainty about Afghanistan's fate as foreign troops prepare to pull out.


HONG KONG: Elites pick pro-Beijing man

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Hong Kong's next leader, selected by a conclave of mostly pro-Beijing elites, pledged not to tamper with the extensive liberties of the freewheeling former British colony and tried to calm concern that he is too beholden to China's authoritarian Communist Party. "I make a solemn promise . . . that the freedoms and rights enjoyed today by the people of Hong Kong will absolutely not be changed at all," said Leung Chun-ying, 57, a land surveyor who, strongly backed by China, will take office in July as Hong Kong's new chief executive, the post-colonial version of governor. His remarks at a victory news conference were syncopated by the chants of protesters outside the venue of Sunday's balloting by 1,132 grandees.

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