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Tsunami ‘ghost ship’ sinks after US coast guard opens fire

Machine guns trained on Ryou-Un Maru, laden with diesel and drifting into shipping lanes off the coast off Alaska Japanese tsunami ghost ship the Ryou-Un Maru on fire after being blasted by US coast guard machine guns. Photograph: Mark Thiessen/AP The US coast guard has machine-gunned and sunk a derelict and fuel-laden Japanese fishing vessel washed out to sea by ...

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Smallest U.S. town sells for $900,000

SALMON, IDAHO – The town of Buford, Wyoming – population 1 – was sold for $900,000 to an unidentified buyer from Vietnam on Thursday after an 11-minute Internet auction that attracted worldwide interest. The tiny Western town garnered online viewers and bidders from 46 countries for the sale of 10-plus acres (4 hectares) with a convenience store, gas station and ...

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Anonymous says it hacked Chinese government sites

BEIJING — China was struggling Thursday to restore several government websites that international hacking group Anonymous says it attacked in an apparent protest against Chinese Internet restrictions. On a Twitter account established in late March, Anonymous China listed the websites it…

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Govt to loosen its pocket to avert petrol price hike?

New Delhi, April 05: The government has sent feelers to oil companies that it might cut the excise duty on petrol to lower their under-recoveries, a move that will benefit the consumers as well. As per reports, the finance ministry is actively considering a proposal from the oil ministry to slash the excise duty. It is learnt that the reduction ...

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Attack on Afghan government outpost kills 10

KABUL, Afghanistan — Gunmen attacked an outpost of a government-sponsored militia in western Afghanistan and killed 10 members of the security force, officials said Thursday. Election 2012: Across the nation Don’t expect a warm and fuzzy Romney this fall What does social Darwinism mean to Obama? Hatch: Obama might attack Romney on Mormon faith Republicans try to shut…

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Job creation is top priority for Palestinian wealth fund

Dubai The Palestinian sovereign wealth fund is aiming to boost the private sector and wean the strife-torn region off aid, with investments in sectors such as tourism and power generating profits despite difficult relations with Israel, its boss told Reuters. While most other, much larger, sovereign wealth funds invest heavily abroad in a bid to spread risk and maximise returns, ...

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Burma calls on US and EU to honour ‘promise’ to lift sanctions

Burma has called on the United States and European to honour its “promise” to lift economic sanctions after staging a series of by-elections in which Aung San Suu Kyi won a landslide victory. Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters celebrate in Yangon after the by-elections Photo: AP By Dean Nelson, South Asia Editor 5:26PM BST 05 Apr 2012 Free and fair ...

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Afghanistan: 3 US troops among dead in suicide bombing

At least 13 people were killed, 3 U.S. troops among them, and another 25 wounded when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked them yesterday in the Faryab province. The attack happened in a park in Maimanah, the capital of Faryab province. The troops were in the park taking pictures and filming interviews when the attacker rode in on a ...

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Diplomats: UN backs Syria pullout by April 10

EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press= UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say the U.N. Security Council has agreed on a statement endorsing the April 10 deadline for Syria to halt the use of troops and heavy weapons in cities and towns. The presidential statement, obtained by The Associated Press, raises the possibility of “further steps” if Syria doesn’t implement the peace ...

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ICC rejects Libya’s request over Gaddafi son surrender

AMSTERDAM/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday ordered Libya to immediately hand over for trial Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan leader, but Libya’s new authorities said they still wanted to try him themselves. The court in The Hague ordered Tripoli to “comply with its obligations to enforce the warrant of arrest” and surrender ...

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