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Floods death toll rises in Central America

At least 45 people have died in Central America as storms, floods and mudslides forced thousands to abandon their homes and trapped many more, authorities said on Saturday. A tropical depression hit the region early on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and lightning strikes and causing chaos in Guatemala, Honduras, El…

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Floods death toll rises in Central America

At least 45 people have died in Central America as storms, floods and mudslides forced thousands to abandon their homes and trapped many more, authorities said on Saturday. A tropical depression hit the region early on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and lightning strikes and causing chaos in Guatemala, Honduras, El…

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UN reduces peacekeeping force and police in Haiti

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Friday to reduce the number of UN peacekeeping troops and police in Haiti and bring the force closer to its level before the earthquake devastated the impoverished Caribbean nation in January last year. “The overall security situation, while fragile, has improved,” the council’s resolution said, while extending the UN…

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UN rights body calls for action in Syria

BEIRUT, Oct 14, AP Friday, October 14, 2011 –> Thousands of Syrians poured into the streets on Friday calling for President Bashar Assad to quit even as the UN’s top human rights body urged the international community to take ”immediate measures” to protect civilians in Syria. In Geneva, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, warned that the…

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Obama sending troops to aid Africa anti-insurgency

WASHINGTON (AP) – Intervening in a volatile and brutal crisis, President Barack Obama said Friday he has dispatched 100 U.S. troops to central Africa to support a years-long fight against a guerrilla group accused of horrific atrocities. Obama said they were sent to advise, not engage in combat, unless forced to defend themselves. In a letter to Congress, Obama said ...

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NATO, Afghan forces kill 13 insurgents

KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO and Afghan forces killed 13 insurgents in an overnight operation in northern Afghanistan, police said Friday, while Afghan officials in the east reported renewed artillery fire from the Pakistani side of the shared border. The ground…

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China must address "retaliation" fears-EU trade chief

* EU, China must work to address EU business fears over Chinese operations * EU must take action on subsidies, says business group * EU’s De Gucht says work needed before China recognised as market economy * No certainty yet on investment talks to be launched, says De Gucht (Recasts, adds quotes, detail, background) By Juliane von Reppert-Bismarck BRUSSELS, Oct ...

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BACKGROUND: More ammunition for the eurozone bailout fund

Brussels – The eurozone’s bailout fund is set to deploy new powers, after Slovakia became the 17th and last member state to approve prerequisite changes in a second go late Thursday. The reforms will make the fund a ‘stronger, more flexible tool to defend the financial stability’ of the common currency area, European Union President Herman Van Rompuy and European ...

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Liberia’s Johnson-Sirleaf takes lead in first vote count

Monrovia – Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) released preliminary results Thursday of the country’s presidential election, with incumbent President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf leading at the first count. According to the official body, the…

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Many freed Palestinians may be deported

A Hamas official has leaked details about a historic prisoner swap deal with Israel that will see 1,027 Palestinian prisoners released in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by the group in 2006. The official said on Thursday that out of the 450 Palestinian prisoners to be released in the first phase of the exchange, about 272 will be allowed ...

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