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Obama kicks out war general

Obama kicks out war general


WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama ousted General Stanley McChrystal as the top United States commander in Afghanistan Wednesday, saying that his scathing published remarks about administration officials undermined civilia...

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Backing for McChrystal’s Afghan plan


LONDON – America’s allies in the fight to stabilise Afghanistan are hoping that the ouster of Stanley McChrystal as commander of international forces there leaves the general’s strategy intact, officials and analysts said W...

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A Rudd awakening


CANBERRA – A surprise revolt forced Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Wednesday to call a party leadership vote that he will struggle to win – just months away from national elections. It marks a dramatic reversal in for...

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Quake shakes Canada, part of US


TORONTO – A magnitude-5.5 earthquake struck at the Ontario-Quebec border region of Canada Wednesday, shaking homes and businesses from Toronto to the states of New York and Michigan, according to the United States Geologica...

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Man charged with having weapons


TORONTO – A Toronto man was charged Wednesday with possession of explosives. Officers armed with a search warrant went to a million-dollar-plus home in a wealthy neighbourhood in Toronto’s north end to charge Byron Sonne, 3...

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Oil execs warn Obama


LONDON – Oil executives sent a strong challenge to Barack Obama yesterday, warning at a major oil conference that the American president’s ban on risky deepwater drilling would cripple world energy supplies.As a BP executiv...

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48 die as train falls into ravine


BRAZZAVILLE – Four train cars full of passengers fell into a ravine in Republic of Congo after a derailment, leaving at least 48 people dead and more than 400 others hurt, said top government officials, who yesterday said e...

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Karzai, NATO backing general


KABUL – Afghan President Hamid Karzai gave a strong endorsement yesterday to embattled General Stanley McChrystal, describing him as the “best commander” of the war and expressing hope that he keeps his job despite a magazi...

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Flooding kills 41 in Brazil

Flooding kills 41 in Brazil


RIO DE JANEIRO – Officials scrambled Tuesday to get food and medical aid to two flood-hit Brazilian states where torrents of water ripped through towns, killing at least 41 people and driving 120,000 from their homes.Floodw...

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Flogged for mingling


RIYADH – Judicial officials say a Saudi court has convicted four women and 11 men for mingling at a party and sentenced them to flogging and prison terms.The men, who are between 30 and 40 years old, and three of the women,...