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The day Hiroshima turned into hell

Sixty-six years ago, Hiroshima was turned into a burning inferno as the Americans dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city. Keijiro Matsushima was 16 years old when he witnessed the attack which claimed roughly 100,000 lives in one day. He recalls how August 6, 1945, was a beautiful day, with a blue sky. Keijiro had returned to school only a week earlier, ...

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Starving Somalis shot dead as riots break out over food supplies

Somali government soldiers shot dead seven civilians as a riot broke out at a refugee camp in the capital Mogadishu. A mother and her childen wait for assistance at a makeshift medical camp in the Hawlwadag district of Mogadishu, Somalia Photo: EPA By Mike Pflanz, Nairobi 5:47PM BST 05 Aug 2011 Witnesses claimed the chaos erupted when the soldiers tried to ...

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Asian stocks tumble after heavy sell-off on Wall Street

Asian stock markets have slumped on Friday, extending a global equity sell-off after Wall Street had its worst day in more than two years. Japan’s main Nikkei 225 index shed 3.4% to 9,329.75. South Korea lost 4.2%, while Australia slid 2.4% On Thursday, shares in the US and Europe tumbled on fears about the strength of the US economic recovery ...

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Spanish riot police charge demonstrators

SPANISH riot police have charged hundreds of "indignant" demonstrators rallying at the interior ministry to protest the closure of Madrid's main square, leaving a number of injured, witnesses said. It was the most serious incident since the ‘indignant’ movement began in mid-May against…

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Europe adds to global shares rout

All those red numbers on stock market boards may appear to be a strange and mysterious mix of data to many people. But the story they are telling at present will be affecting anyone with a pension, those considering retirement, savers with Individual Savings Accounts (Isas), and even money set aside by families for the cost of…

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A Secret War in 120 Countries: The Pentagon’s New Power Elite

Somewhere on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission. Now, say that 70 times and you’re done… for the day. Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the US military is undertaking operations in a majority of the world’s countries. This new Pentagon power elite is waging a global war whose size and ...

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China orders security clampdown in Xinjiang

The Chinese government has ordered a sweeping security clampdown in the western Xinjiang region, the country’s top police official has said, in the aftermath of deadly attacks last weekend. “Those criminals who dare to test the law and commit violent terrorist acts will be shown no leniency, no appeasement and no soft heart,” Meng Jianzhu, the public security minister, said.   Meng’s ...

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