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US on alert for 9/11 anniversary

US counter-terrorism officials are chasing a credible but unconfirmed al Qaida threat to use a car bomb on bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington. It was the first “active plot” timed to coincide with the sombre commemoration of the terror group’s September 11 attacks a decade ago that killed nearly 3,000 people. Counter-terrorism officials worked through the ...

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Egypt’s military ruler summoned in Mubarak trial

CAIRO ‘ The chief judge in the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday summoned high-profile witnesses including Egypt’s military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to testify in court. Prosecutors, meanwhile, accused a police witness of having revised his testimony to favour the defendants, following accusations in the Egyptian media of a cover-up over the killings of hundreds of ...

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His Holiness Talks About Human Values and Moral Ethics in Canada

Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Montreal, Canada: The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s program for September 7, 2011 began in the morning with a visit to the Manjushri Buddhist Centre in the city of Longueuil, on the outskirts of Montreal. Khensur Lobsang Jamyang and several hundred people, predominantly Tibetans and Vietnamese, received him. Meeting ...

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Somalia: UN Endorses Roadmap to End Transition

Thursday, 8 September 2011, 1:03 pm Press Release: United Nations Somalia: UN-Backed Meeting Endorses Roadmap to End Transition, Restore Stability New York, Sep 6 2011 – Delegates attending a United Nations-backed meeting on ending Somalia’s transitional period today endorsed a roadmap that spells out priority measures to be implemented before the current governing arrangements end in August next year. The ...

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As crews battle Texas wildfires, residents wait to return home

Waiting for the wind to die in Texas (CNN) — Shannon Lilie had five minutes to flee her home, but she was frozen. As a wildfire inched closer to her Austin, Texas, neighborhood, she could not decide what to take with her. Her 6-year-old son appeared, carrying a bag and crying. He had stuffed his favorite toy inside and needed ...

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New CIA chief Petraeus pledges to defend America

General David Petraeus(L), former head of the allied forces in Afghanistan,… General David Petraeus(C), former head of the allied forces in Afghanistan,… General David Petraeus (R), former head of the allied forces in Afghanistan… David Petraeus pledged to confront the many threats facing America as he took the reins of the CIA, a decade after the 9/11 attacks that led ...

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Uruguay to apologize over alleged rape by UN peacekeepers

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Uruguay will apologize to Haiti and compensate an 18-year-old Haitian man allegedly raped by Uruguayan U.N. troops in the poor Caribbean state, the Uruguayan defense minister said on Tuesday. Public outrage in the earthquake-ravaged nation has simmered over a video shot by a cellphone camera and circulating on the Internet that shows laughing Uruguayan marines pinning…

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