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Several Australian towns flooded, 4 people killed

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Thousands of Australians huddled in shelters Tuesday as torrential rains flooded cities and towns in the northeast, killing four people and prompting around 1,000 helicopter evacuations. With floodwaters expected to peak in most of the worst-hit areas later Tuesday, officials were rushing to move those in the highest-risk areas to safety. In the hard-hit…

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Yahoo! shares bounce as profit tops expectations

SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo! shares bounced in after-hours trading Monday as the struggling Internet pioneer topped Wall Street expectations despite a slip in quarterly profit. Yahoo! reported profit of $272 million, an eight percent drop from a year earlier, but the earnings figures were enough to make its stock jump before setting more than three percent above the regular trading day ...

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Former Guatemalan dictator to stand trial on genocide charges

MEXICO CITY – Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt will stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, a Guatemalan judge ruled Monday, in incidents that took place during the height of the Central American nation’s brutal civil war in the early 1980s. Judge Miguel Angel Galvez ruled that Rios Montt, who took power in a 1982 coup ...

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Iran Says It Sent a Monkey Into Space

LONDON — Iranian state television said on Monday that the country’s scientists had succeeded in sending a monkey into space “as a prelude to sending humans.” Press TV, the state-run satellite broadcaster, said the animal was launched in a space capsule code named Pishgam, or Pioneer. The development coincided with continued stalemate in the unrelated Western effort to persuade Iran ...

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Somalia gravediggers grieve improved security

– Ali Hassan spends his day sitting in a former mosque, now a ramshackle shelter for drug users, idly staring at his cell phone as he waits for it to ring. A gravedigger with more than 20 years of experience, Hassan is finding life in Mogadishu’s newfound stability hard. He became a gravedigger at the height of the civil war, ...

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Brazil nightclub fire kills 233

Flames raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil, killing more than 230 people, stampeding toward a single exit partially blocked by those already dead. It appeared to be the world’s deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade. Witnesses said a flare or firework lit by band members may have started the blaze in Santa Maria, a major university ...

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Afghanistan’s security prospects after Nato withdrawal

Nato-led forces have been in Afghanistan for so long now that it is almost hard to remember why they went in. Governments often repeat that it was in direct response to Al-Qaeda's attacks of 9/11, planned from Osama Bin Laden's Afghan base. But that does not explain why now, more than 11 years later, there are still more than 100,000 troops from 51 countries stationed in this country and yet they have failed to defeat the insurgency that kills and maims on a daily basis. By the end of next year Nato's combat forces will all be gone, leaving Afghanistan's national security forces to fight a determined enemy on their own. Can they do it? Traffic police attacked Through the...

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