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White House welcomes looser hold on Gaza

White House welcomes looser hold on Gaza


WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is welcoming Israel's decision to ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip. President Barack Obama's chief spokesman, Robert Gibbs, says Israel's decision Thursday to allow all foods and some de...

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Britain to stop aid


BLANTYRE – More than 100 members of a Christian religious sect have barricaded themselves in an abandoned building in southern Malawi over their refusal to give their children the measles vaccine, a regional health official...

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Move to reform Aborigine policy


CANBERRA – Australia plans to reform a policy criticised as racist for restricting how Outback Aborigines spend their welfare cheques by applying it to recipients regardless of ethnicity, the prime minister said yesterday. ...

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France floods leave 19 dead

France floods leave 19 dead


DRAGUIGNAN, France – At least 19 people were killed in flash floods that hit the back hills of the French Riviera on Wednesday and turned streets into rivers of surging, muddy water, officials said. There was confusion abou...

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Kenyan politicians arrested for hate speeches


NAIROBI  – Kenyan police yesterday arrested three top politicians for hate speeches they allegedly made during rallies against a draft constitution, days after a separate rally turned deadly when grenade attacks killed six ...

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Bin Laden hunter held in Pakistan

Bin Laden hunter held in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD – An American man armed with a pistol and a 40-inch sword was detained in northern Pakistan as he tried to cross the border into Afghanistan on a mission to avenge the 9-11 attacks and kill Osama bin Laden, police...

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Two killed as small plane crashes


SYDNEY – Two people were killed after their light plane crashed in a Sydney neighbourhood yesterday, narrowly missing houses and an elementary school. Seven people on the ground were hospitalised for emotional distress. The...

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BP agrees to $20B fund; chairman apologizes

BP agrees to $20B fund; chairman apologizes


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and BP reached agreement on a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the giant British company's chairman apologized to America...

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China seeks police help to combat crime


BEIJING  – China has ordered police to identify and resolve conflicts before they boil over as part of a “strike hard” campaign aimed at social tensions blamed for a recent wave of violent crime.A series of attacks have sho...

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Jet-lagged general slumps at hearing

Jet-lagged general slumps at hearing


WASHINGTON – General David Petraeus slumped at the witness table yesterday while testifying at a Senate hearing, and a spokesman said the general was likely dehydrated and jet-lagged from his travels. Petraeus, 57, revived ...