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Obama praises US team


WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama called the United States World Cup soccer team yesterday to congratulate them on an “extraordinary victory” and to wish the team luck in the next round of the tournament.The United States...

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Jewish dancers stoned


HANOVER – German police are investigating the stoning of a Jewish dance group trying to perform on the street in the city of Hanover.Youths reportedly shouted “Juden Raus” (Jews Out) as they attacked the dancers of the Chav...

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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...