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Attack averted as afghan forces kill 5 insurgents

Five suspected militants accused of planning suicide car bombings in Kabul were killed on Thursday in a five-hour gun battle with Afghan security forces, the Afghan intelligence agency said. “Agents with the National Directorate of Security surrounded a house the five had rented in Kabul’s eastern district of Pul-e-Charkhi shortly after…

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In London, Where Time Begins

The people organizing the London 2012 Olympics have from time to time used the expression “the eyes of the world are on London,” which may not be entirely true, but certainly a large number of the world’s population has paid at least some attention to the London Games. Not too far away from the Olympic Park in East London, though, ...

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Brazil’s ‘trial of the century’ begins

Brasilia – Brazil’s biggest bribery trial gets under way on Thursday, with 38 former party and government officials facing vote-buying charges in a case that could tarnish popular ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. In what the press here has billed as “the trial of the century”, ex-ministers, lawmakers, businessmen and bankers appear before the 11-member Supreme Court in connection ...

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Olympics town or ghost town?

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. The Olympics have turned London into a tale of two cities, with shops, hotels, theaters and restaurants in the center suffering a tourist drought while crowds throng to the games a few miles to the east. The huge Westfield Stratford City shopping center, smack beside the Olympic Park, ...

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Roy Lichtenstein Painting Turns Up In A Warehouse 42 Years After It Disappeared

Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Electric Cord’ There’s A Huge Black Market For Art And Collectibles Stolen From The Rich Go Inside The Factory Where $10,000 Hermès Purses Are Crafted By Hand The World’s Most Awe-Inspiring Sculpture Gardens A painting by the late pop artist Roy Lichtenstein that disappeared 42 years has turned up in a warehouse in New York City. Lichtenstein’s black ...

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Taiwan, Eastern China on Typhoon Alert

Taiwan and eastern China are on alert for two typhoons expected to bring torrential rain and flooding to many communities in the coming days. Elsewhere in the region, heavy downpours caused deadly floods and mudslides in the Philippines, North Korea, Indonesia and China's west. Authorities in Taiwan are bracing for the arrival of Typhoon Saola, evacuating hundreds of people from ...

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