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Brits likely to get away on European holidays during Olympics

travelmatch.co.uk say that many British tourists will avoid London during the month of the 2012 Olympics because of the high rates hotels in the capital are charging. Instead the company believe that people will be looking for a range of cheap holidays to Majorca or other…

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Exiled Tibetans Celebrate their 51st Tibetan Democracy Day

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala:- Dharamshala: Thousands of Tibetans including officials, students, monks and nuns living in exile celebrated their 51st Democracy Day Friday, September 2. The ceremony was graced by Prem Kumar Dhumal, India’s Himachal Pradesh State chief minister at the main temple, the Himalayan town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.Other guests who attended the occasion are ...

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Obama backs down over plans to impose cleaner air laws

In a surprise move which risks consolidating the growing perception of him as a back-down, back-off leader, President Barack Obama announced yesterday he was giving up his plans to impose stricter air quality regulations for fear it would add to the country’s economic and employment woes. Waving the white flag to the business lobby and to Republicans who had vowed ...

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Gordon Brown issues challenge over Sunday Times recordings

Gordon Brown has stepped up his campaign against Rupert Murdoch’s News International media group, sending tape recordings to the Metropolitan Police earlier today which he says challenge the Sunday Times’s assurances that it broke no laws when investigating his personal financial affairs. In a letter to Sue Akers – the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner who is heading the investigation into ...

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Pakistan claims Indian troops kill three on Kashmir border

Islamabad/New Delhi – The Pakistan Army said Thursday that Indian forces fired at a border post in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing three of its troops. India said one of its officers was killed. The incident occurred Tuesday night in the Neelam Valley at the Line…

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US counterterror chief: Al-Qaida now on the ropes

WASHINGTON—On a steady slide. On the ropes. Taking shots to the body and head. That’s how White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan described al-Qaida on Wednesday as he offered the first on-record confirmation that al-Qaida’s latest second-in-command was killed last week in Pakistan—roughly four months after Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden there. In an Associated Press interview, Brennan said ...

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NASA urges space junk clean up

The amount of junk in space is rising exponentially, with continuous collisions between abandoned equipment, spent rockets and other debris creating ever growing clouds of dangerous fragments, an influential report warned on Thursday. The report, commissioned by NASA, says the quantity of hazardous material circling the Earth has reached a “tipping point” and poses a real and increasing danger to ...

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Many US homes still without power after Irene

Residents of several states in the northeast US approached the Labour Day holiday weekend mired in mud and stuck in the dark nearly a week after Hurricane Irene swallowed parts of the region with flooding. About one million homes and businesses on the East Coast were still without electricity on Thursday, following outages for almost 10 million customers on Irene’s rampage last weekend. ...

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CIA Rendition Program Secrets, Costs Revealed In New York Billing Dispute

WASHINGTON — The secret airlift of terrorism suspects and American intelligence officials to CIA-operated overseas prisons via luxury jets was mounted by a hidden network of U.S. companies and coordinated by a prominent defense contractor, newly disclosed documents show. More than 1,700 pages of court files in a business dispute between two aviation companies reveal how integral private contractors were ...

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Panel: Widespread waste and fraud in war spending

WASHINGTON—As much as $60 billion in U.S. tax dollars has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade due to lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption, according to an independent panel. In its final report to Congress, to be publicly released Wednesday, the Commission on Wartime Contracting said the waste could grow ...

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