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Stock prices surged Monday as investors took signs of easing credit markets as evidence that government measures to revive the battered financial system are taking hold.

China’s communist leaders approved a key rural reform that for the first time will permit farmers to lease or transfer their land in a change aimed at raising rural incomes and speeding migration from the farm to the cities.

1,500 dogs, bred for their fur, died in China after eating feed tainted with melamine.

A British chef who killed a man with a knife and cooked and ate his flesh was sentenced Monday to a minimum of 30 years in prison.

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