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Sudan keeps aid from refugees, rebels say

A SUDANESE rebel leader yesterday charged that, despite agreeing to do so, Sudan was not serious about humanitarian aid in insurgent-controlled areas in two border states and was putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk. Fighting since last year in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states bordering on newly independent South Sudan, has forced hundreds of thousands of people ...

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Venezuela officially joins Mercosur

BRASILIA, Brazil – VENEZUELA was officially welcomed into the Mercosur trade bloc yesterday, giving that nation’s leader Hugo Chavez a long-awaited political prize and strengthening links among the region’s agricultural and energy powerhouses. The inclusion of Venezuela also deepens a political rift within the South American trade group. Paraguay, which long blocked Venezuela’s entry,…

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Power restored across India after historic failure

NEW DELHI — India’s top electricity official says power has been restored across the country after a major system collapse led to the worst blackout in history. Indian commuters wait for a bus on a street illuminated with street vendor’s kiosks following a power outage in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. India’s energy crisis cascaded over half the country ...

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Gore Vidal, renowned author, dies

Gore Vidal, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, died Tuesday, his nephew said. He was 86. Mr. Vidal died at his home in the Hollywood Hills at about 6:45 p.m. of complications from pneumonia, Burr Steers said. Mr. Vidal had been living alone in the ...

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Jobless Spaniards protest as crisis outlook darkens

Tweet MADRID: Unemployed Spaniards on Saturday held the latest in a series of angry demonstrations against the government’s economic crisis cuts, as fears rose for the country’s financial stability. Several hundred people thrown out of work by the recession converged on the capital after walking hundreds of miles from around Spain and gathered on the…

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Norway massacre survivor strives to revive pre-attack memories

A year after Oslo and the Norwegian island of Utoya saw deadly attacks, many view the island as a place of deep sadness. But one survivor is trying to revive fond, pre-attack memories of Utoya through photos. A place of joy, debate, laughter and song. That’s what Utoya, a small island in Norway’s Lake Tyri, was for years. The Norwegian ...

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Syria crisis:UN extends monitoring mission for 30 days

Tweet Amid the recent situations in the country, Syria has got some relief as the United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to extend its observer mission in Syria. However the extension is just for only 30 days. According to sources the members of UN have agreed that the mission could be extended further if the use of heavy weapons ...

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