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7.1 magnitude quake strikes off Alaska

Washington – 03 Sep 2011: A 7.1 magnitudeearthquakestruck on Friday in the Aleutian Islands offAlaska, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it did not see a threat of a widespread destructive tsunami from the quake, ...

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Obama declares emergency for New York ahead of hurricane

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama declared Friday a state of emergency for New York state as Hurricane Irene is approaching the US East Coast, Xinhua reported. Obama cut short his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts Friday ...

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Chinese Muslims banned from fasting in Ramadan

URUMQI (Friday, 05 August 2011 16:48) – Amid fresh arrests, restrictions on fasting and prayers at mosques, Uighur Muslims are suffering under the latest episode of Chinese government crackdown on their ethnic minority in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. “If ...

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Powerful quakes hit near Vanuatu in South Pacific

Sydney – 21 August 2011 (AP): A series of earthquakes struck off theSouth Pacificisland nation ofVanuatuon Sunday, causing minor damage, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. Local tsunami advisories were issued but later lifted, and no tsunami was ...

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56 killed as wave of violence rolls across Iraq

Kut (Iraq) – 15 August 2011 (AP): Bomb blasts ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities this morning, killing 56 people, most of them in the southern city of Kut, in a wave of violence that shattered what had ...

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Syria ships, tanks blast city, 23 dead

Damascus – 14 August 2011: Syrian military vessels joined an assault that killed more than 20 people on Sunday in the city of Latakia, activists said, the first attack from the sea since an anti-regime revolt erupted in March. The ...

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US threatens Gaza aid cutoff after Hamas crackdown

Jerusalam – 13 August 2011 (AP): The US will cut $100 million in American aid money to Palestinians inGazaif the territory’sHamasrulers continue with “unwarranted audits” of local American nonprofit organisations, a state department official said on Saturday. The American threat ...

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Syrians flee as tanks enter Latakia: activist

Damascus – 13 August 2011 (AFP): Armoured vehicles entered the port city of Latakia and a village near Lebanon Saturday, activists said, causing residents to flee as the West seeks ways to pressure Damascus to end the violence. “Military vehicles ...

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President Obama Hosts an Iftar Dinner to Celebrate Ramadan

White House – 12 August 2011: Continuing a tradition at the White House, last night President Obama hostedhis thirdIftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan. The Iftar is the meal that breaks the day of fasting, when Muslim families and communities eat ...

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South Asians take a hit in UK riots, 3 Pakistanis killed

London – 11 August 2011: Theriots in Englandclaimed South Asian victims on Wednesday when three young men of Pakistani origin were killed in a “deliberate” hit-and-run incident in the country’s second biggest city of Birmingham. While retailers of Indian origin ...

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After US, France battles credit rating downgrade fears

Paris – 10 August 2011 (AFP): President Nicolas Sarkozy cut short his holiday on Wednesday to announce new moves to slash France’s massive debt amid fears it might be next after theUnited Statesto suffer a credit-rating downgrade. The right-wing leader ...

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Most Americans think US on wrong track, worst is yet to come: Poll

Washington – 10 August 2011: Americans by a large majority believe theUnited Statesis on the wrong track and nearly half think the worst is yet to come in the economy, aReuters/Ipsos pollsaid on Wednesday. President Barack Obama’s approval rating dropped ...

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At least 50 drown after Comoros boat capsizes

Moroni – 09 August 2011: At least 50 people including children drowned in rough seas when a passenger boat sunk off the Comoros archipelago in the early hours of Tuesday after its engines failed, the country’s public prosecutor said. The ...

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Britain burns: London riots spread through UK cities

London – 09 August 2011 (AP): A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities on Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country’s worst unrest since race riots set the capital ...

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