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* The Discovery space shuttle finally lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after bad weather and technical problems caused three previous launches to be delayed, a NASA spokesman said

* With around 35% of ballots counted in last week's presidential elections Afghanistan's incumbent president, Hamid Karzai, has extended his lead to 15% over his nearest rival, the country's Central Election Commission said

 

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* Olympic champion Elena Isinbayeva put her disappointing performance in the world championships behind her to set a new pole vault world record in Zurich, Russia's Vesti-24 channel reported

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