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BP still struggling to fix leak


ROBERT – BP PLC is hurriedly devising yet another mix of risky undersea robot manoeuvres and containment devices to fight the worst oil spill in United States history, after the most ambitious bid yet to stop the Gulf of Me...

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Volcano blasts rock 2 regions


GUATEMALA CITY – Explosive eruptions shook two huge volcanos in Central and South America yesterday, forcing thousands  of people to flee their homes  and disrupting air traffic as ash drifted over wide regions.Guatemala’s ...

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Obama visits Gulf


GRAND ISLE, Louisiana – Intent on showing firm command of a deepening Gulf Coast crisis, President Barack Obama inspected a fouled beach, took in what he called “heartbreaking stories” of the catastrophe and declared “we’re...

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N. Korea says South faked warship sinking


SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea’s most powerful state organ said yesterday that South Korea faked the sinking of one of its own warships and warned that the Korean peninsula was edging ever closer to war.Pyongyang has made...

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Cops crash ‘wedding’


PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Police in northwestern Pakistan broke up an apparent wedding between a businessman and his transgender bride, saying yesterday they could face seven years in prison for violating laws against same-sex m...

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Black box found


MANGALORE – As crash investigators pulled the black box from the charred, twisted wreckage of an Air India plane yesterday, Koolikkunnu Krishnan marvelled that he escaped the crash alive. Of the 166 passengers and crew aboa...

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Obama officials keep eyes on spill


COVINGTON – Three top Obama administration officials are returning to the Gulf Coast to monitor the massive oil spill that seems to have no end in sight, as BP PLC officials said yesterday that one of their efforts to slow ...

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Duchess duped by reporter


LONDON – Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson feels devastated after she was secretly recorded apparently offering to sell access to her  former husband Prince Andrew in return for £500 000 (US$724 000), her spokeswoman said yest...

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Messy handling of oil cleanup


ROBERT, Lousiana – Anger grew along the Gulf Coast as an ooze of oil washed into delicate coastal wetlands in Louisiana, with residents questioning the federal government and others wondering how to clean up the month-long ...

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Lucky man gives away fortune


PETRINJA, Croatia – A music teacher, Frano Selak, who was dubbed the world’s luckiest man after cheating death seven times before winning the lottery, has now decided to give away his fortune.The 81-year-old won £600 000 (B...