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Thai Floods Threaten Larger Area of Bangkok

By JAMES HOOKWAY BANGKOK—Bangkok’s city leaders warned that a widening swath of the Thai capital is now under threat from fast-rising flood waters, while the economic impact of the crisis continued to ripple outward after Toyota Motor Co. said it would adjust production at some of its Japan plants because of the shortage of Thai-made parts. Enlarge ImageClose Agence France-Presse/Getty ...

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Despite swap, Gaza remains imprisoned

The prisoner exchange agreement concluded between Israel and Hamas has brought relief to thousands of families eager to see their loved ones return home. In the midst of Israel’s prolonged belligerent occupation, we are witnessing a rare moment of unified Israeli and Palestinian celebration. However, this event, and the resultant media fanfare, must not distract attention from the underlying tragic ...

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4 quake survivors pulled out alive in Turkey

SUZAN FRASER Associated Press= ERCIS, Turkey (AP) — Four people were pulled alive from the rubble Monday when one managed to call for help on his cell phone after a 7.2-magnitude quake leveled buildings and killed some 270 people in eastern Turkey Dozens of people were trapped in mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris after hundreds of buildings ...

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Panetta to increase military cooperation with Indonesia

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said yesterday that Washington will continue to develop military ties with Indonesia, but keep a watchful eye on rights abuses, after over a decade of suspended cooperation. He said closed-door talks with Indonesian counterpart Purnomo Yusgiantoro focused on “Indonesia’s growing importance as a global leader and the long-term commitment of the US to the ...

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Grenade attack hits Kenya club

A grenade was thrown into a discotheque in the Kenyan capital Nairobi wounding 14 people, central Nairobi police chief Eric Mugambi said. “Initial investigations show it is a grenade that was thrown inside. Fourteen people have been injured,” Mugambi said early on Monday. The Mwauras disco is in the bustling centre of Nairobi, popular with night-clubbers. The injured were taken ...

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Myanmar flash floods kill 100: official

Yangon, Oct 23 (AFP) Sunday, October 23, 2011 –> More than 100 people were killed in flash floods in central Myanmar caused by heavy storms this week, an official said today. “So far, 35 dead bodies were found out of 106 missing people. The other 71 people are also believed to have been killed…

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Tunisia goes to the polls in landmark election

Polls opened in a joyful though serious mood in Tunisia’s first-ever free elections, with an Islamic party poised to win nine months after the surprise toppling of the country’s dictator sparked the Arab Spring. 9:56AM BST 23 Oct 2011 Some 7.2 million people are eligible to elect a 217-member assembly that will rewrite the constitution and appoint a new caretaker ...

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Cameron joins talks on Euro crisis

Prime Minister David Cameron and fellow EU leaders are bidding for more progress today in the latest of a series of meetings to crack the economic crisis. A summit in Brussels will try to break the deadlock over plans for a massive increase in EU bailout funds to reassure markets that Europe can deal with any more eurozone meltdowns. And ...

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US warns of ‘imminent’ attack threat in Kenya

The US embassy in Nairobi warned Americans of an “imminent threat” of attacks possibly targeting foreigners, one week after Kenyan forces crossed into Somalia to hunt down Shebab fighters. The embassy cited “credible information of an imminent threat of terrorist attacks directed at prominent Kenyan facilities and areas where foreigners are known to congregate, such as malls and night clubs.” ...

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Libya set to celebrate ‘liberation’

Libya’s new leaders will declare liberation later, officials said, in a move that will start the clock for elections after months of bloodshed that culminated in the death of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi. But the victory has been clouded by questions over how Gaddafi was killed after images emerged showing he was found alive and taunted and beaten by his ...

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