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11 Killed in Cyprus naval base explosion

Huge blasts in a seized Iranian weapons cache at a Greek Cypriot naval base in the south of the Mediterranean island killed at least 11 people on Monday, state media said. The force of the explosions blew out virtually every window in the nearby fishing village of Zygi, whose seafront restaurants are popular with the many tourists who frequent the ...

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Volga river tragedy costs ‘more than 100 lives’

More than one hundred people, including as many as 60 children, were feared dead after a riverboat overturned on the Volga river. Russian Emergencies Ministry members work on the bank of the Volga river as they search for the missing people from the Bulgaria tourist boat Photo: REUTERS Divers searching the wreck of a Russian river boat reportedly saw more than ...

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Record temperatures seen as heat wave plagues 15 states

(CNN) — A heat wave is building and could reach dangerous levels in parts of the Midwest, the Plains and the Southeast this week. Fifteen states are under heat advisories, which means temperatures are expected to exceed 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Kansas City and St. Louis in Missouri are under an excessive heat warning, along with Tulsa, Oklahoma; Memphis, Tennessee; and ...

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Syrian VP calls for transition to democracy

DIAA HADID Associated Press= BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s vice president called Sunday for a transition to democracy and credited protesters with forcing the regime to consider reforms. Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa spoke at a national dialogue that opened Sunday with some critics of the government. But the main opposition driving the four-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian rule boycotted ...

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Slow progress at Fukushima plant 4 months after disaster

(CNN) — Four months after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, operators at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are still grappling with the crisis the disaster unleashed but say they are making slow progress. The March 11 quake led to meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi’s three operating reactors when the tsunami knocked out their coolant systems, causing the worst nuclear accident ...

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France urges Libyan sides to start talks

Paris, July 11: French defense minister has said NATO will stop airstrikes on Libya if the Libyan regime and revolutionary forces start negotiations. “We have … have asked them to speak to each other,” Gerard Longuet was quoted by Reuters as saying on Sunday. “We (NATO) will stop the bombardment as soon as Libyans speak to each other and the ...

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Obama, lawmakers still divided over debt deal

JIM KUHNHENN and LAURIE KELLMAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON – Grasping for a deal on the nation’s debt, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders remained divided Sunday over the size and the components of a plan to reduce long term deficits. Noting the need to work out an agreement over the next 10 days, the president and lawmakers agreed to ...

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More than 600 victims for burial on anniversary of Srebrenica massacre

DANIEL McLAUGHLIN THOUSANDS OF people are gathering in Srebrenica today to mark 16 years since Europe’s worst massacre since the second World War, amid warnings that political deadlock between Bosnia’s Muslims, Serbs and Croats could lead to a return to violence. Coffins containing 613 recently identified victims of the atrocity, which claimed the lives of about 8,000 Muslim men and ...

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US suspends $800m in Pakistan military aid

The US is withholding some $800 million in aid to Pakistan, almost a third of the $2.7bn in security assistance it provides each year to the South Asian nation, Barack Obama's chief of staff has confirmed. Relations between the key allies, always tricky, have drastically deteriorated since US commandos shot and killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 2 in a Pakistani garrison town, sowing distrust on both sides. Last month, Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, warned that the US would slow down military aid to Pakistan unless it took unspecified steps to help the US. Now, it appears, it has, as William Daley, the president's chief of staff, confirmed a New York Times...

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