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Parties jostle for power

Parties jostle for power


CANBERRA, Australia – It could take more than a week to learn who will govern Australia after a cliffhanger election – the closest in nearly 50 years – and the winner may have to woo the support of a handful of independent ...

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Priest on wheels a hit


BUDAPEST – A Hungarian Catholic priest who spreads God's word from a skateboard has become an Internet sensation.A video of the Reverend Zoltan Lendvai, 45, in action has attracted almost 170 000 hits on YouTube.The video, ...

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‘Vuvuzela’ among new words in Oxford


LONDON – The ever-present hum of the vuvuzela during this year’s soccer World Cup catapulted the plastic trumpet to prominence and now it has earned a place in the Oxford Dictionary Of English.Vuvuzela is among 2 000 new wo...

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Body in backpack for 9 years


TOKYO – The remains of a Japanese woman have been found in a backpack, in the latest gruesome discovery by investigators searching for missing old people.The woman’s son told police his mother died in 2001 but he had not be...

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5 cops held for murder


Mexico City, Mexico – Five police officers and a transit worker have been arrested in the abduction and killing of a mayor this week in the Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon, the state's governor, Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz...

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Highway bed

Highway bed


Pakistani flood survivor children sleeping outside their makeshift tent set-up on the mid-section of a main highway in Camp Karoon, near Nowshera, Pakistan, yesterday. The floods have affected 20 million people and about on...

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Ex-soldier jailed for smuggling eggs


LONDON – A former special forces soldier was jailed yesterday for attempting to sneak out of Britain with a stash of 14 rare peregrine falcon eggs hidden in socks strapped to his body.Jeffrey Lendrum, 48, was trying to get ...

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Closer to peace talks


WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said yesterday it was near to securing an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians to resume direct peace talks. Some United States officials said an announcement could be imminent...

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Last US combat troops leave Iraq

Last US combat troops leave Iraq


IRAQ-KUWAIT BORDER – The last United States combat troops crossed the border into Kuwait this morning, bringing to a close the active combat phase of a seven-year war that overthrew the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein....

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Voters oppose mosque plan

Voters oppose mosque plan


ALBANY, New York – A majority of New Yorkers remain opposed to a mosque proposed as part of a planned Islamic cultural centre near ground zero, and the issue will be a factor for many voters this fall, according to a statew...