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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...

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Korean war clouds


SEOUL – South Korea’s president said yesterday his country was caught in a “perfect military ambush” when a North Korean torpedo sank a naval warship, but called for a cautious response to the disaster that left 46 sailors ...

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Girl ‘smothered in bed’


TOLUCA, Mexico – Federal investigators say a four-year-old girl whose body was found in her bed nine days after her parents launched  a wide-scale search, was smothered accidentally and was there the whole time police and f...

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Thai gov’t not easing up


BANGKOK – Thailand’s government insisted yesterday that a crackdown on Red Shirt protesters would continue despite their plea for United Nations-mediated talks to end four days  of street clashes  with troops that have kill...

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Tsvangirai blames outsiders


HARARE – Zimbabwe’s prime minister said yesterday outsiders were stirring up trouble in his party at a delicate time in the country’s politics.Morgan Tsvangirai, speaking at a news conference after a two-day party meeting, ...

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Gay bishop consecrated


LONG BEACH – The Episcopal Church has consecrated a woman as its second openly gay bishop, seven years after stirring lingering controversy by ordaining a man to a similar post. The Reverend Canon Mary Glasspool, of Baltimo...