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BlackBerry ban?

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The United Arab Emirates outlined plans Sunday to block BlackBerry e-mail, messaging and Web browsing services in a crackdown that could jeopardize efforts to establish the country as an international business hub. The government cited a potential security threat because encrypted data sent on the devices is moved abroad, where it cannot be monitored for illegal activity.

Puerto Rican activist dies:

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Lolita Lebron, a Puerto Rican independence activist who spent 25 years in prison for participating in a gun attack on the U.S. Congress a half-century ago, died Sunday. She was 89.

Israel alters residency rules:

JERUSALEM -- Israel on Sunday approved new residency criteria that could result in the deportations of hundreds of children of migrant workers. The decision by Israel's Cabinet represented a small step by Israel to clear up the status of thousands of foreign workers in Israel.

U.S. disputes Iraqi numbers:

BAGHDAD -- While concern is rising in the U.S. about the war in Afghanistan, the Americans are anxious to show evidence of progress in their other conflict -- Iraq. New Iraqi government figures tell a different story, however, showing civilian casualties hitting their highest level in more than two years -- figures the U.S. rushed on Sunday to dispute.

Cuba to tinker with economy:

HAVANA -- Raul Castro said Sunday that his government will scale back controls on small businesses, lay off unnecessary workers and allow more self-employment -- significant steps in a country where the state dominates nearly every facet of the economy. Cuba's president, however, squashed notions of a sweeping overhaul to the country's communist economic system in response to the financial crisis it faces.

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Oil well fix coming soon?

NEW ORLEANS -- Engineers are preparing to launch a so-called static kill as early as Monday evening, shoving mud and perhaps cement into the blown-out well to make it easier to plug the gusher up forever and end the Summer of the Spill. The effort carries no certainty, and BP PLC engineers still plan to follow it up days later by sending a stream of mud and cement into the bottom of the mile-deep underground reservoir through a relief well they've been digging for months. Story on Page 7.

Palin focused on 2010 races:

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin says her political focus these days isn't on the 2012 presidential race, but on helping put more Republicans into office in the fall elections. …