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Irene cleanup could take days along East Coast

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — With Irene gone, cleanup crews began pumping water out of soggy subway tunnels, fixing traffic lights in the nation’s capital and clearing debris from hundreds of roads as the East Coast readied for the workweek. While early indications were that the damage was not as bad as feared, it will be days before things get back ...

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Flood worries and some relief in Irene’s wake

NEW YORK (AP) — Stripped of hurricane rank, Tropical Storm Irene spent the last of its fury Sunday, leaving treacherous flooding and millions without power – but an unfazed New York and relief that it was nothing like the nightmare authorities feared. Slowly, the East Coast surveyed the damage, up to $7 billion by one private estimate, and worried of ...

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India’s parliament set for corruption debate

India’s parliament is set to debate anti-corruption proposals put forth by activists, in a move that seeks to end an 11-day hunger strike by social activist Anna Hazare. The strike has united millions of Indians against the government. Speaking in parliament on Friday, Rahul Gandhi, India’s ruling Congress party leader, welcomed the struggle of the veteran activist for a powerful anti-corruption law, but ...

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Japanese premier Kan steps down

Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan said he is resigning after almost 15 months in office. Mr Kan’s decision was widely expected amid sinking approval ratings and party infighting. In June, he had promised to resign after politicians passed three key pieces of legislation. The final two bills cleared the parliament…

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Rebuilding Libya – the task ahead

With Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule over Libya seemingly at an end, the onus rests with the National Transitional Council to first stabilise and then reconstruct its infrastructure. Building democratic states is complex and…

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Nigerian president condemns ‘barbaric’ attack

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned Friday’s suicide bombing attack on a United Nations building in the capital, Abuja, that left 18 people dead. Jonathan described the bombing as “barbaric, senseless and cowardly” and ordered increased security around the capital following the blast. The group Boko Haram, which wants Islamic sharia law implemented in the country, claimed responsibility for the ...

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UK announces humanitarian aid for conflict-torn Libya

The UK is to provide urgent humanitarian support for those affected by the conflict in Libya, the government has announced. Britain will provide medical assistance and food supplies via the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). It will also support efforts to reunite families separated during the uprising against Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. The international development secretary said new ...

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