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Japan’s emperor enters hospital for heart surgery

YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press= TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Akihito checked into the hospital Friday for heart-bypass surgery that doctors say will allow him to lead a healthier, more active life. The surgery scheduled for Saturday will last about five hours to repair two of three coronary arteries that had narrowed, using a blood vessel from another part of his ...

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Iranian leader attempts to rally region by attacking hostile foreigners

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran criticised foreign powers for a campaign of destabilization, which he said was to blame for the problems facing Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mr Ahmadinejad looks on as scientists unveil a fuel rod at the Tehran Research Reactor Photo: REUTERS 9:04AM GMT 17 Feb 2012 Speaking at the end of regional summit in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, ...

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Birthday turns into memorial for NKorean leader

JEAN H. LEE Associated Press= PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Two months after the death of Kim Jong Il, North Koreans commemorated what would have been his 70th birthday Thursday with the flowers that bear his name, praising the longtime leader as a powerful but benevolent father figure while pledging fealty to the son who has taken his place. In ...

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Obama raising campaign cash in California

KEN THOMAS Associated Press= LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama mixed a pitch for manufacturing jobs with a dash for campaign cash on Wednesday, embarking on a three-day West Coast trip to haul in millions of dollars for his re-election bid. Obama’s day brought him from the factory floor of a Milwaukee padlock manufacturer to the posh home of ...

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Syrian troops attack residential areas in Hama and Homs

Troops attack Sunni Muslim neighbourhoods from armoured vehicles and strike oil refinery pipeline, causing a major blast Black smoke billows from an oil refinery in Homs, which was shelled by government troops. Photograph: Reuters Syrian forces have launched an offensive on Hama, firing on residential neighbourhoods from armoured vehicles and mobile anti-aircraft guns, opposition activists said. Troops shelled Sunni Muslim ...

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China Sentences A Tibetan Writer to Two Years In Prison

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala: – The Chinese clamp-down on the Tibetan intellectual diaspora continues to gather momentum. Chinese authorities in Central Tibet (Ch: Tibet Autonomous Region) have sentenced a Tibetan author to a two-year jail term on charges of writing a book about the 2008 mass protests in Tibet, according to a report received on February ...

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Prison fire kills more than 350 inmates

Tegucigalpa – A massive fire swept through an overcrowded prison in Honduras and killed more than 350 inmates, including many trapped inside their cells, officials said on Wednesday. The attorney general’s office said 357 people died in the blaze that began late on Tuesday night at the prison in Comayagua, about 75 kilometers (45 miles) north of the capital Tegucigalpa. ...

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