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Lights still out in Cuba’s 2nd city after Sandy

Even as streetlamps shine brightly in lower Manhattan and subways begin rumbling through tunnels again, another city slammed by Hurricane Sandy is still struggling to recover. Two weeks after the storm blasted through Santiago, Cuba, the electrical grid has been restored to just 28 percent of normal as workers labor around the clock to replace power lines downed by thousands ...

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Party leaders clear path for power handover in Beijing

SEVERAL hundred of the Chinese Communist Party’s top leaders have decided on a raft of measures that pave the way for a once-in-a-decade leadership transition that starts this week. Among its decisions, the party’s Central Committee endorsed the expulsion of the disgraced politician Bo Xilai from the party and promoted two military leaders. The decision to expel Mr Bo signalled…

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Rwandans kill DR Congo soldier

Rwanda has accused soldiers from Democratic Republic of Congo of "provocation" after a group crossed the border, leading to clashes along the volatile area. One of the Congolese soldiers was shot dead, while a Rwandan was wounded in the exchange of fire, a…

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S. Korea’s conservative presidential candidate willing to meet with DPRK leader

Tweet Seoul, Nov. 5 (Xinhua-ANI): South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party presidential candidate Park Geun-hye said Monday she is willing to meet with Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), to ease strained ties. “In order to build trust, we need to open various channels of communication,” Park, a conservative, told a televised press ...

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U.N. Rights Official Faults China on Tibetan Suppression

GENEVA — The United Nations’s top human rights official took China to task on Friday over suppression of the rights of Tibetans, which she said had driven them to “desperate forms of protest,” like self-immolation. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Navi Pillay, the United Nations’s high commissioner ...

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Numerous Global Security Challenges Await Next President

PENTAGON — With much of the Middle East in turmoil, the possibility of a war over Iran’s nuclear program, and a growing al-Qaida threat in Africa, the global security challenges facing the U.S. president in the next four years are huge. President Barack Obama and his challenger, Mitt Romney, are presenting different approaches in the final days before Americans go ...

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New York Marathon Canceled In Wake Of Hurricane Sandy

The ING New York Marathon scheduled for this Sunday, where it was meant to begin in the hurricane-ravaged borough of Staten Island, has been canceled. Many were offended by the notion that the city would put resources in the form of police presence, water and food supplies and electric generators toward the race while communities remain without basic services. Some ...

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Magnitude-6.4 quake shakes Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – A magnitude-6.4 earthquake rattled the Philippine island of Mindanao early Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the temblor, which hit at 2:17 a.m. local time (1817 GMT Friday). The USGS said the quake hit some 84 kilometers (52 miles) northeast of Butuan on Mindanao, and 832 ...

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Lionel Messi becomes a dad

BARCELONA superstar Lionel Messi announced this morning the birth of his first child, Thiago, although the club say he will still play on Saturday. Messi’s partner, Antonella Roccuzzo, delivered their son at the Dexeus hospital about 700 metres from Barcelona’s Camp Nou…

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