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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 ...

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Argentine singer shot dead in Guatemala

(CNN) — Gunmen shot dead Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral Saturday as his car made its way to the airport in Guatemala City, police said. The singer’s agent was also shot and is in stable condition in the hospital, said police spokesman Donald Gonzalez. In Guatemala on a Latin American tour, Cabral, 74, left his hotel at 5:40 a.m. in ...

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In Tsunami-Torn City, Seaside Playgrounds Become Debris Dumps

SENDAI, Japan — There is still a traffic jam these days along Hama Kaido, the two-lane road that parallels this city’s former coastal playground for miles. But the minivans and sedans that once roamed in search of picnic grounds, golf courses and horse stables have been replaced by thousands of dump trucks. Related This Time, Japan’s Gloom Runs Deeper (July ...

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End of the World: ‘Thank you and goodbye’

Britain’s best-selling Sunday tabloid the News of the World signed off with a simple front page message – “THANK YOU & GOODBYE” – leaving the British media establishment reeling from the expanding phone-hacking scandal that brought down the muckraking newspaper after 168 years. Journalists crafted the newspaper’s own obituary before sending the tabloid’s final edition to the printing presses Saturday ...

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Thomas Beckets of Libya and Britain?

Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. Darkness had just fallen over southern England on December 29 in 1170, when four armed and overzealous knights, encouraged by an enraged and explosive king, burst into Canterbury Cathedral. The knights, tightly gripping and swinging their swords, shouted, “Where is Thomas Becket, traitor to the king and the realm?” Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, ...

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A new flag raised: South Sudan celebrates birth

JUBA, South Sudan-South Sudan raised the flag of its new nation for the first time Saturday, as thousands of South Sudanese citizens and dozens of international dignitaries swarmed the new country capital of Juba to celebrate the country’s birth. South Sudan became the world’s newest country Saturday with a raucous street party at midnight. At a packed midday ceremony, the ...

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Malaysia fires tear gas at protest, arrests 1,667

SEAN YOONG Associated Press= KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Police fired tear gas and detained hundreds of activists as more than 20,000 demonstrators massed Saturday across Malaysia’s main city demanding electoral reforms in the country’s biggest political rally in years. The opposition-backed rally was the culmination of weeks of intense pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak’s long-ruling coalition to make ...

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South Sudan world’s newest nation

South Sudan has become the world’s newest nation, officially breaking away from Sudan after two civil wars over five decades that cost the lives of millions. In the new country’s capital, Juba, streets pulsed with excitement. Residents danced, banged on jerry cans and chanted the name of the world’s newest president, Salva Kiir. One man kneeled and kissed the ground ...

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Coulson bailed in hacking probe

Former Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson has been released on police bail after being questioned over the phone hacking scandal and alleged corrupt payments to police officers. Ex-royal editor of the News of the World Clive Goodman, 53, was also quizzed at a separate police station over claims officers were bribed. Both men were released on police bail until ...

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