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No bodies found after U.S. Navy jet crash

All civilians initially listed as missing after a US Navy fighter jet crashed into a Virginia apartment complex have been accounted for, officials said Saturday, though no all-clear has been given. Virginia Beach Fire Department Captain Tim Riley told CNN that no bodies were found in the destroyed low-rise buildings and rescuers had…

Rwanda leader accuses West of leniency for genocide suspects

Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Saturday accused unspecifiedWestern countries of failing to stop genocide suspects on their territory as his country marked the 18th anniversary of a Tutsi massacre. “As we remember those we lost, some of those who killed them are still moving freely in some capitals of the so-called free world,”…

Pakistan avalanche buried up to 135: military

An avalanche that smashed into a Pakistan army camp Saturday in aremote area in the Himalayas has buried as many as 135 people, including 124 soldiers, the military said. “As many as 135 persons including 124 army soldiers and 11 civilians… came under a huge snow slide early this morning,” said a statement from the…

Kansas finds its Mega Millions winner

The world-record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot has found a winner in Kansas, but two-thirds of the winnings have yet to be claimed a full week after the lottery was drawn. Kansas lottery chief Dennis Wilson said his state’s winner turned up at his offices in Topeka shortly before noon Friday with a lawyer…

Audacity pays as Belgium’s opera defies austerity

Defying hard times in Europe, the Brussels opera house is filling seats by offering bold and innovative shows despite a tight budget, shrinking subsidies and a smaller workforce. “In a period of crisis, audacity pays off,” Peter de Caluwe, the 48-year-old head of La Monnaie opera house (The Mint in…

Key Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi dies in US

Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi, a key figure in the pro-democracy movement behind the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, has died in the United States, fellow dissident Wang Dan said Saturday. Fang, an internationally renowned professor of astrophysics, was granted refuge at the US embassy in Beijing for one year following the…

Nearly 700 Syrians ‘flee to Turkey in one day’

Nearly 700 Syrian refugees poured into Turkey in 24 hours, bringing to more than 24,000 the total who have sought safety in the neighbouring country, a Turkish official said Saturday. More than 9,000 people have died in Syria in more than a year of unrest, according to UN figures, as…

Will Santorum surge — or sink — in Pennsylvania?

The rally here began — as most Rick Santorum campaign events do — with a prayer. But barring divine intervention, it will take a change of heart by much of Pennsylvania’s diverse electorate to help the religious arch-conservative win his home state and stay in the hunt for the Republican…

China shuts political websites in crackdown

Two Chinese political websites said Friday they had been ordered by authorities to shut for a month for criticising state leaders, the latest move in a broad government crackdown on the Internet. Officials told the Mao Flag website, named after late leader Mao Zedong, and the Utopia website, also known…

Police probe Tyler Perry racial profiling charge

A US police force is investigating two of its officers after Tyler Perry accused them of racial profiling for stopping him in his car and questioning him in a “hostile” manner, a spokesman said. The African-American writer-director made the allegations regarding an incident in Atlanta, Georgia, in which he performed…

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