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Suicide attacks across Iraq kill 50

BAGHDAD, Oct 20: A suicide bomber driving a minibus blew himself up outside a cafe in the Iraqi capital on Sunday, killing at least 38 people, police and medics said. At least 12 people were killed in a spate of suicide bomb attacks on security personnel and government buildings earlier in the day, police said. Violence in Iraq, which had ...

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Raymond a hurricane off Mexico in Pacific

MEXICO CITY : Tropical storm Raymond surged to hurricane force Sunday churning toward Mexico’s Pacific coast, which is still recovering from a devastating tropical storm last month. Raymond “has strengthened to a Category One storm on the (five-point) Saffir-Simpson scale south of the coasts of Guerrero and Michoacan”…

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Egyptian Police Fire Tear Gas At Hundreds Of Protesters At Al-Azhar University

CAIRO — CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian anti-riot police fired tear gas Sunday at hundreds of supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president, besieging them inside a prestigious Muslim institution after stone-hurling protesters cut off a main road. Sunday’s clashes marked the second day of unrest at Al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam’s most prominent center of learning. Many supporters of ousted President ...

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Arab states call on Saudi Arabia to rethink UNSC seat rejection

Abu Dhabi, October 20: Arab nations have appealed to Saudi Arabia to reverse its decision to reject a seat on the UN Security Council. Arab UN ambassadors made the appeal after an emergency meeting on Saudi Arabia’s surprise announcement that it would not take up a Security Council seat to protest the body’s handling of the Syria war and…

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EU, Canada reach FTA deal

The Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP)—Canada and the European Union have struck a tentative free trade deal meant to boost growth and jobs and which European officials hope will provide a blueprint for a much larger—but more challenging—trade pact with the United States. The deal agreed Friday in Brussels will cut tariffs and red tape and was attained after settling bitter ...

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UN exec bats for aide to poor people

Amidst the positive result of the United Nations Poverty-Environment Initiative program in several countries, including the Philippines, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged for greater support for people struggling to escape poverty and build better lives. Marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Ban called on the world to “do more to listen to the voices that often ...

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UN exec bats for aide to poor people

Amidst the positive result of the United Nations Poverty-Environment Initiative program in several countries, including the Philippines, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged for greater support for people struggling to escape poverty and build better lives. Marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Ban called on the world to “do more to listen to the voices that often ...

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UN vows to promote women in peace talks

The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Friday renewing its commitment to promote women’s leadership and participation in all negotiations to resolve conflicts and bring peace to war-torn countries. The council said it remains deeply concerned about the “exacerbated vulnerability” of women in armed conflict…

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Afghan Assembly To Decide Next Month Future Of U.S. Troops

KABUL, Oct 19 (Reuters) – The future role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014, to be set down in a bilateral accord, will be put to an assembly of some 3,000 tribal elders and other prominent people next month, organisers of the meeting said on Saturday. Organisers of the meeting, known as the Loya Jirga, said it would take ...

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The truth about adoption and why it’s so hard

IT HAD been three years since Beth and Tom Remboldt had adopted Galina, a little girl from Russia. Abused as a child, the nine-year-old was nearly impossible to handle. She screamed, she hit, she would stand stone-still and refuse to move when things didn’t go her way. If we just loved her a little more, Beth thought, we’ll survive this. ...

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