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An Arkansas TV anchorwoman died Saturday, several days after being found beaten in her home, hospital officials said.

Anne Pressly, 26, a native of Greenville, S.C., had been discovered Monday morning, a half-hour before she was to appear on ABC affiliate KATV's “Daybreak” program. Her mother went to her home after she didn't answer her regular wake-up call.

She'd been beaten around the head, face and neck and was unable to communicate with her family or police while being kept sedated in the intensive care unit.

Little Rock police have yet to identify a suspect.

Pressly had a small role in the Oliver Stone movie “W.,” which was filmed in Shreveport, La. She appears briefly as a conservative commentator. Associated Press


The head of the International Monetary Fund will remain in his job after the agency's executive board concluded there is no cause for dismissal over an extramarital relationship with a former IMF employee. The IMF board issued a statement late Saturday saying that the actions of IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn were “regrettable and reflected a serious error of judgment.” Associated Press


A vaccine against rotavirus, the leading cause of diarrhea in infants, has led to a dramatic drop in hospitalization and emergency room visits since it came on the market two years ago, doctors reported Saturday. A bonus: the vaccine seems to be preventing illness even in unvaccinated children by cutting the number of infections in the community. Associated Press

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Leaders from Asia and Europe on Saturday called for new rules and stronger regulation of the global monetary and financial system at the close of a two-day summit in Beijing as China assumed a new leadership role in the crisis. Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said the world's economic problems had become so massive that measures beyond the many billion-dollar bailout packages already announced might be necessary to avert further damage. Washington Post


Israeli Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni has given up efforts to form a coalition government and will recommend early elections, Israeli radio stations reported Saturday night. Livni reportedly decided not to continue coalition talks and to tell President Shimon Peres today to call a general election, most probably in February, more than a year ahead of schedule. Polls have indicated that the hawkish Likud party led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would sweep to power in an early election. Associated Press


The Dalai Lama said Saturday he has given up on efforts to persuade Beijing to allow greater autonomy for Tibet under Chinese rule. The Tibetan spiritual leader said he would now ask the Tibetan people to decide how to take the dialogue forward. China has repeatedly accused the Dalai Lama of leading a campaign to split Tibet from China. The Dalai Lama has denied the allegations, saying he is only seeking greater autonomy for the Himalayan region. Associated Press