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(Reuters) – U.N. human rights investigators called on Myanmar on Wednesday to halt deadly sectarian violence and warned it not to use the conflict as a pretext to remove Rohingya minority Muslims. Some 89 people have been killed in clashes between Buddhist Rakhines and Muslim Rohingyas in western Myanmar in the past 10 days, according […]

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Thousands have fled Burma for Bangladesh in flimsy boats About 120 people are missing after their boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal, police in Bangladesh say. Survivors say many of those on the boat were Rohingya Muslims who have fled recent ethnic violence in Burma. Local fishermen rescued 13 people from the boat which […]

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CHENNAI, India — A tropical storm weakened Thursday after slamming into southern India, bringing heavy rain and a storm surge and displacing 150,000 people. Six deaths have been reported in India and Sri Lanka. Just before the storm made landfall Wednesday, an oil tanker with 37 crew ran aground off Chennai. One of its lifeboats […]

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Posted By Ty McCormick  Top news: Speaking from Croatia on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for an overhaul of the Syrian opposition, saying that the current leadership body, the Syrian National Council (SNC), is out of touch with fighters on the front lines. “This cannot be an opposition represented by people who have […]

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Testimony published in Israeli daily claims the 1988 killing of Abu Jihad in Tunis was planned by the Mossad spy agency. Israel has for the first time admitted assassinating the deputy of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a 1988 seaborne raid in Tunisia. The operation was planned by the Mossad spy agency and carried out by […]

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Imran Garda examines the 40-year war that has claimed thousands of lives but been largely ignored outside of India. A 40-year long civil war has been raging in the jungles of central and eastern India. It is one of the world’s largest armed conflicts but it remains largely ignored outside of India. Caught in the […]

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Says govt 3 days after super storm The Bangladeshi expatriates living in Sandi-hit areas of the USA are safe, confirmed the Bangladesh mission in Washington. “Though the superstorm caused losses to the property of Bangladeshis living in the USA, there is no report of death yet.” said a PID handout yesterday quoting the Bangladesh mission. […]

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by Sadanand Dhume Its political class may not be up to the task of leading India toward prosperity. Just the other day, it seemed as if India could hardly put a foot wrong. Annual economic growth averaged above eight percent between 2003 and ’08, and the country was one of the world’s few major economies […]

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WASHINGTON — President Obama toured the storm-tossed boardwalks of New Jersey’s ravaged coastline on Wednesday, in a vivid display of big-government muscle and bipartisan harmony that confronted Mitt Romney with a vexing challenge just as he returned to the campaign trail in Florida. The scene of Mr. Obama greeting his onetime political antagonist Gov. Chris […]

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With commutes that took hours, half-mile lines at suburban gas stations and city buses stuffed beyond capacity, the transportation systems in most of the region slowed to a crawl on Wednesday, amid promises that some subway and commuter rail services would be restored by the Thursday morning commute. On Wednesday night, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo […]

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In New Jersey, where flooding destroyed large parts of areas like Hoboken and Mantoloking, above, over two million people were without power on Wednesday New York faced the reality of life after Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday: horror in still-waterlogged neighborhoods, where rescue workers pulled bodies from wreckage, and exasperation elsewhere as more than 3.75 million […]

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Presidential campaign kicked back into action, with US president touring area ravaged by superstorm Sandy. Barack Obama, the US president, is paying a visit to the state of New Jersey to see the damage done by superstorm Sandy, as the East Coast picks up the pieces in the wake of widespread destruction. Obama, campaigning for re-election, landed in New Jersey on Wednesday to start a […]

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