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No quake damage in New York: Mayor

NEW YORK: An earthquake that shook New York on Tuesday caused no significant damage or injuries, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after thousands of people were briefly evacuated from…

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Irene weakens but remains big threat to US

CURT ANDERSON Associated Press= MIAMI (AP) — Officials and residents from Florida to the Carolinas stocked up on supplies, dusted off evacuation plans and readied for the worst as Irene, the first hurricane to threaten the U.S. in three years, churned over tropical waters Tuesday after cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean. Federal officials warned the storm could flood ...

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London rioters resent media image of hooded teen thug

LONDON (Reuters) – Residents of a London housing estate laughed at a televised plea by police for parents to call their children and help rein in the youths who looted and burned swathes of the city. A youth makes a rude gesture as he leaves Highbury Magistrates court where he appeared over his alleged involvement in the trouble in London ...

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Saleh to look at restarting Yemeni peace plan

RIYADH (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has agreed to look at restarting a Gulf Arab initiative aimed at ending the country’s violent political standoff with a peaceful transfer of power, a Yemeni government official said on Wednesday. Saleh has already agreed to the plan brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) three times, only to back out of ...

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Libyan rebels try to impose control

The Libyan rebel leadership is showing signs of strain and disarray six months into its fight to oust Muammar Gaddafi. Tensions over the killing of the opposition’s military commander, Abdel-Fattah Younis, possibly by other rebels, spurred the leaders to sack their own Cabinet late yesterday and today they ordered the movement’s various armed factions to integrate in hopes of imposing ...

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UK’s Cameron under pressure over cuts after riots

LONDON – Prime Minister David Cameron risks his government’s austerity drive, particularly its plans to cut police funding, becoming the focus of Britons’ fears about the future after the worst looting and rioting in decades hit English cities this week. The Conservative party leader took a hardline approach to the violence on Thursday, vowing “the lawless minority” would be hunted ...

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Somalia Famine: Parents Facing Horrendous Choice

DADAAB, Kenya — Wardo Mohamud Yusuf walked for two weeks with her 1-year-old daughter on her back and her 4-year-old son at her side to flee Somalia’s drought and famine. When the boy collapsed near the end of the journey, she poured some of the little water she had on his head to cool him, but he was unconscious and ...

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British PM Cameron vows crackdown on rioters

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron, facing a defining crisis of his premiership, promised on Thursday to crack down on street gangs as a national priority and said rioters behind Britain’s worst violence in decades would be hunted and punished. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in London August 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett) “The fightback has ...

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Somali children struggle in famine-struck Mogadishu

In drought-ravaged Somalia where food is scarce, three-year-old Ibrahim is so severely malnourished he weighs less than eight kilos (18 pounds), about the same as an eight-month-old baby. “My child is very sick, he’s had a fever, vomiting and got diarrhoea,” said his mother Rukyo Abdullahi, sitting worriedly by her tiny son’s bedside, his skin stretched tight against his small ...

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MPs due to return to parliament to debate riots

An emergency session of Parliament will be held today to discuss the rioting and looting which has caused devastation across England and left three men who attempted to protect their community from the violence dead. MPs have been recalled to the Commons by Prime Minister David Cameron who yesterday declared a fightback against those responsible for causing widespread destruction during ...

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