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Senators ask BP to suspend dividend payment


WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic senators pressed British Petroleum on Wednesday to delay plans to pay shareholder dividends worth an expected $10 billion or more until the full costs for cleaning up the oil spill in the Gu...

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Japan’s prime minister steps down over US base row

Japan’s prime minister steps down over US base row


TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned today to improve his party’s chances in an election next month, after his popularity plunged over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base. Finance Minis...

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BA, union resume talks


LONDON – British Airways management and union leaders resumed talks yesterday in an attempt to resolve a dispute over pay and working conditions that has led cabin crews  to repeatedly walk  off the job.Negotiators for BA  ...

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WHO: Panel may end H1N1 alert


GENEVA – The World Health Organisation said yesterday an expert panel might recommend that  the global body declare  the swine flu pandemic officially over. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said the two most likely outcomes of t...

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Storm kills 179  in Central America

Storm kills 179 in Central America


GUATEMALA CITY – Rural villagers used hoes and pick axes to hunt for victims of landslides that have killed at least 179 people in Central America, while officials in Guatemala’s capital tried  to cope with a vast sinkhole ...

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9 activists killed in Israeli raid

9 activists killed in Israeli raid


ANKARA – Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Israel and called  for an emergency session of the UN Security Council as criticism and condemnations arose across Europe and the Arab world yesterday  over Israel’s deadly command...

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Airlines to pay more


DALLAS - Giving up your airline seat may become a little less painful. Federal officials are expected to announce this week a plan to raise the maximum amount that airlines must pay passengers who get bumped off an overs...

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German president resigns


BERLIN - President Horst Koehler stunned Germans by resigning yesterday after being criticised for appearing to link military deployments abroad with the country's economic interests - creating a new headache for Chancellor...

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‘No terrorist threat yet’


JOHANNESBURG - The World Cup faces no terror threat at the moment, according to South Africa's police minister, who dismissed speculation less than two weeks before the tournament opens about plots by groups ranging from al...

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Tropical storm kills 142


GUATEMALA CITY - Flooding and landslides from the season's first tropical storm have killed at least 142 people and left thousands homeless in Central America, officials said yesterday. Dozens of people are still missing...