Seconding borisz's advice, here's some (untested) XML::Twig code to do this, in case you want to continue doing stuff with the results in perl:
my $twig = XML::Twig->new();
my @a_elements = $twig->get_xpath("//a");
foreach my $el (@a_elements)
my $text = $el->text();
# do stuff with $text.
It's actually pretty easy, once you know which APIs you want ;-)
Update: Changed loop variable from $a to $el when reminded by graff. Tks.
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