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Marquez knocks out Pacquiao

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Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao on Saturday. The two have faced off three times prior and Marquez lost all three times.

ESPN reported that Pacquiao wants to fight Marquez for a fifth time.

The fight ended in the sixth round. Marquez laid a right hook to Pacquiao's face, which CNN said knocked him cold.

The New York Times reported after the fight that Pacquiao was taken to get a CAT scan and Marquez had a broken nose and possibly a concussion.

Enrique Pena Nieto inaugurated

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Enrique Pena Nieto was inaugurated Saturday as the president of Mexico. Pena Nieto is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

CNN reported that he has "promised to create economic opportunities and reduce violence."

Reuters reported that groups of protesters threw Molotov cocktails and that police had to fire tear gas at protestors.

The election took place in July, and Pena Nieto won about 38 percent of the vote.

Crash in Egypt kills 51

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A school bus and a train crashed into each other Saturday, leaving 51 people dead, CNN reported.

The crash occurred in the near the city of Assiut, which around 200 miles south of Cairo.

CNN, citing the health minister, reported that the bus was headed to kindergarten and the kids were in the 4-6 age range.

According to the AP, residents said near the site said the railway crossing guard was sleeping at the time.

Barack Obama to visit Myanmar

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President Barack Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit Myanmar, CNN reported.

Obama will meet with Thein Sein, Myanmar's president, and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on his trip to Asia in late November.

The White House also said Thursday Obama will travel to Thailand and Cambodia, Yahoo! News reported.

The U.S. eased its sanctions on Myanmar earlier this year. Last November, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the country.

Coptic Christians in Egypt pick pope

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The Coptic Christians in Egypt picked a new leader Sunday, CNN reported.

CNN reported a blindfolded boy picked the new pope from a crystal chalice. Bishop Tawadros Theodrus II is the new pope.

Pope Shenounda III died in earlier this year. He led the church for 40 years before his death.

ABC News reported that Tawadros will be ordained Nov. 18.

China blocks New York Times website

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Authorities in China have blocked access to the English and Chinese New York Times websites after the Times ran an article about Premier Wen Jiabao's family wealth, CNN reported.

The article, written by David Barboza, said his relatives "have controlled assets worth at least $2.7 billion." Barboza cited corporate and regulatory records in the article.

According to the New York Times, the English and Chinese New York Times websites are hosted on servers that are not located within mainland China.

Lawyers for Wen's family said the reports was incorrect, according to the Washington Post.

Israel seizes ship heading to Gaza

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The Israeli navy has seized a ship headed toward Gaza Strip. Reuters reported that the ship was carrying 30 "international pro-Palestinian activist[s]."

According to CNN, the ship was 30 nautical miles from Gaza when it was seized.

An segment of the Israeli military statement said numerous calls were made to the passengers and the navy boarded the ship because of "their unwillingness to cooperate," CNN reported.

The ship was diverted to the Port of Ashdod and the passengers were taken into custody for questioning.

Israel has imposed a naval blockade on Gaza since 2009 because it is worried that arms will be smuggled into the Palestinian area. Gaza is governed by Hamas, which Israel--and the United States, amongst other countries--considers a terrorist organization.

Turkey bans Syrian aircrafts from entering airspace

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Turkey's foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, banned all Syrian aircrafts from entering Turkey's airspace, according to the BBC. Davutoglu made his announcement a day after Syria imposed the same ban on Turkey.

The New York Times reported that in his televised comments, Davutoglu "accused Syria of using civilian flights as a cover for transporting military equipment."

Wednesday, Turkey intercepted a plane headed to Demascus, Syria. The plane was forced to land in Ankara, Turkey because Turkish officials believed the plane was transporting weapons from Russia. Both Russia and Syria denied that claim.

The two countries were once allies, but Turkey has supported the rebel effort to take down Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president.

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