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President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela said Monday a referendum victory that removed limits on his re-election is a mandate to intensify his socialist agenda for decades to come. Opponents warn of an impending dictatorship.

Israel has taken control of 425 acres of West Bank land, paving the way for the possible construction of 2,500 settlement homes, officials said Monday.

Nuclear-armed submarines from Britain and France collided deep under the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, causing damage to both vessels but releasing no radioactivity.

A blogger in China was stabbed by attackers in a Beijing bookstore after giving a reading on Monday.

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