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Vietnam names new president

Vietnam on Monday named a long time rival of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung as its new president, a largely symbolic post in the communist nation. Truong Tan Sang, 62, was confirmed for the job by a vote of the one-party National Assembly, after he was formally nominated as the…

Man hurt as portable toilet explodes in Australia

A man suffered life-threatening burns Monday after a portable toilet he was using exploded, apparently after he lit a cigarette. The victim, who was taking part in a joint Australia-United States military exercise at the time, was rushed to hospital with burns to his head, face, arms, chest and airways…

Israel nabs boat smuggling weapons on Dead Sea: army

The Israeli military and police on Monday captured a boat on the Dead Sea which was trying to smuggle weapons from Jordan, and detained two Palestinians on board, officials said. The boat was carrying a number of Kalashnikov assault rifles, magazines and other weapons, a statement from the army said,…

NATO admits five children wounded in Afghan air strike

NATO’s force in Afghanistan admitted Monday that one of its helicopters had accidentally wounded five children in the southern province of Helmand. “A known insurgent was targeted by a coalition helicopter. As a result of the engagement five local children were regrettably injured,” the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said…

China revises rail crash toll to 36

China on Monday revised the death toll from a high-speed train crash to 36, with 192 people wounded, in the country’s worst rail accident since 2008. A statement from the railway ministry gave the new figures and said the cause of the accident on the outskirts of the eastern Chinese…

U.S. money ended up in Taliban hands: report

US government funds earmarked ostensibly to promote business in Afghanistan have landed in Taliban hands under a $2.16 billion transportation contract, The Washington Post has reported. Citing the results of a year-long military-led investigation, the newspaper said US and Afghan efforts to address the problem have been slow, and all…

Moody’s downgrades Greek debt rating

Moody’s credit rating agency downgraded Greek debt by three notches on Monday and warned that the eurozone rescue was almost certain to trigger another two-notch cut to default status. Moody’s, taking a similar line to the Fitch agency on Friday, said that once old debt had been replaced with new…

70% in Japan support PM’s nuclear-free future: poll

Seventy percent of the Japanese public supports centre-left Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s policy to make the country nuclear free in future but most people still want him to quit, a poll said Sunday. The weekend survey conducted by Kyodo News agency showed 70.3 percent support Kan’s policy of ending nuclear…

Police face new claims in News of the World scandal

Police faced new allegations Sunday that officers leaked details about terror attack victims and a murdered schoolgirl to journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s felled News of the World tabloid. The claims deepen the scandal surrounding phone-hacking at the paper, which has shaken Murdoch’s global media empire, claimed the jobs of two…

NATO hands model anti-Taliban province to Afghans

NATO troops on Sunday handed control of the Panjshir valley, a fiercely anti-Taliban province, to Afghan forces in the last of a series of security transitions. Panjshir, around 130 kilometres (80 miles) northeast of the capital Kabul, is one of Afghanistan’s most peaceful regions and the seventh area to be…

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