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Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who acknowledges being short on international experience, will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other foreign dignitaries this week as the UN General Assembly opens in New York, campaign officials for GOP presidential candidate John McCain confirmed over the weekend.

Lehman Brothers can sell its investment banking and trading businesses to Barclays for an estimated $1.35 billion, a bankruptcy judge ruled Saturday in New York. The deal would be a first major step in phasing out the nation's fourth-largest investment bank, since it filed for bankruptcy a week ago.

Vice President Dick Cheney must preserve a wide range of records from his time in office, US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelley ordered Saturday in a suit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. A Cheney spokesman said he will not comment on pending litigation.

A field of orbiting dust particles in the distant Aries constellation suggests that a collision may have occurred between two Earth-like planets, a team of US astronomers said late last week of the event 300 light-years away.

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