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Tibetan lights self on fire at anti-China protest

NEW DELHI (AP) — A Tibetan protester lit himself on fire at a demonstration Monday in the Indian capital ahead of a visit by China’s president. The protester was engulfed in flames as he ran near the speakers at the rally near the Indian Parliament. Fellow activists beat out the flames with Tibetan flags they were carrying, while others poured ...

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Major quake rattles Chile but no serious damage

A major quake hit central Chile on Sunday, rattling buildings in the capital and triggering a coastal evacuation, but there was no serious damage and big mines in the world’s No1 copper producer were operating normally. Residents in Santiago fled their homes as the tremor rattled television sets, kitchen cabinets and tables, and a mayor in the town of Parral ...

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Pope to Mexico: Have hope, use faith against evil

SILAO, Mexico — Pope Benedict XVI urged Mexicans to wield their faith against drug violence, poverty and other ills, celebrating Sunday Mass before a sea of hushed worshippers in a visit that has warmed many Mexicans to a pontiff they often saw as austere. Many in the crowd said they were gratified by Benedict’s recognition of their country’s problems and ...

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Afghans: US paid $50,000 per shooting spree death

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed in the shooting spree attributed to a U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official and a community elder said Sunday. The families of the dead received the money Saturday at the governor’s office, said Kandahar provincial council member Agha Lalai. Each wounded person received ...

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Strain of war taking its toll on troops

More Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales last year at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin. (AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock,file) — AP Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of slaughtering 17 Afghan civilians on March 11, has a complicated background. He has faced financial and legal problems, including a home in danger of foreclosure and a ...

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney had heart transplant

Former Vice President Dick Cheney had a heart transplant Saturday and is recovering at a Virginia hospital, his office said. An aide to Cheney disclosed that the 71-year-old, who has had a long history of cardiovascular trouble including numerous heart attacks, had been waiting for a transplant for more than 20 months. "Although the former vice president and his family ...

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Dalai Lama is US-controlled Nazi: China

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweet BEIJING: China’s state-run media on Saturday described the Dalai Lama as a US-controlled “Nazi” and blamed the Buddhist leader for inciting Tibetans to commit self-immolations to protest Chinese rule in Tibet. “It is…

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Human Rights Council Demands End to Violence in Syria

Saturday, 24 March 2012, 5:08 pm Press Release: United Nations UN Human Rights Council Demands End to Violence And Widespread Abuses in Syria New York, Mar 23 2012 3:10PM The United Nations Human Rights Council today adopted a resolution demanding that the Syrian Government cease all violence, protect its people, and put an end to widespread and systematic abuses such ...

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US lawmakers release $88.6m in Palestinian aid

US lawmakers have released $88.6m (£56m) in development aid for the Palestinians that has been frozen since for more than six months. The move comes after two senior Republicans from the House of Representatives dropped their…

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Cooperation needed in pursuing global balance

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged cooperation between developing and developed countries and “south-to-south” interaction in pursuing a balanced economy and harmonious development across the world. “There should be a chorus of cooperation between the developing and developed world and when it comes to development assistance, the south-to-south flow is very important,” he told The Jakarta Post during his ...

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