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UK nurse arrested over saline hospital deaths

Detectives arrested a 26-year-old nurse on suspicion of murder Wednesday over the deaths of three hospital patients given insulin-contaminated saline solution, police said. The woman worked at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, where police were alerted last week to a batch of saline believed to have been deliberately tampered with.…

‘Stripper army’ urges Putin Kremlin return

A mysterious Internet video has emerged urging young Russian women to rip off their clothes as an army to encourage Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin in 2012 elections. “He’s a worthy politician and an awesome man. He is adored by millions,” says the provocative video by supporters dubbed…

China tells Tibet monks to ‘break with separatists’

The man widely expected to be China’s next president on Wednesday urged monks in Tibet to “break with separatist forces” during a visit marking 60 years since China took control of the restive region. Speaking at Jokhang temple in the Tibetan capital Lhasa — the temple where Buddhist monks staged…

At least 13 killed in Uzbekistan quake

A major 6.2 quake in Uzbekistan killed at least 13 people and injured 86 others, when it struck on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border in the remote Fergana Valley region, Uzbek officials said. The quake struck at 1:35 am (1935 GMT Tuesday) with the epicentre just inside neighbouring Kyrgyzstan but 42 kilometres…

News Corp will have to answer questions in Australia

CANBERRA (Reuters) – The Australian arm of News Corp will have to answer “hard questions” in Australia following the growing phone hacking scandal in the United Kingdom, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Wednesday. Gillard said Australians had been “disturbed” by events in Britain, where Australian-born Rupert Murdoch and…

Iran says shot down a U.S. spy plane over nuclear site

(Reuters) – Iran has shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane over its Fordu nuclear site, a state-run website reported Wednesday, a day after it confirmed it was installing a new generation of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges. “An unmanned U.S. spy plane flying over the holy city of Qom near…

Humanitarian spending at record high despite financial crisis: report

LONDON (AlertNet) – Global spending on humanitarian aid hit a record $16.7 billion in 2010 despite the financial crisis, but devastating disasters and rising delivery costs meant almost 40 percent of needs still went unmet, new data showed on Wednesday. Governments poured $12.4 billion into emergency relief, up 6 percent…

PM ‘wouldn’t have hired Coulson, with hindsight’

Prime Minister David Cameron admitted on Wednesday that with hindsight, he would not have hired former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his media chief. “People will of course make judgements about it. Of course I regret and I am extremely sorry about the furore it has caused,”…

UN declares famine in southern Somalia

The United Nations said Wednesday that famine has hit two parts of rebel-held Somalia, due to a severe drought affecting more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa. “The United Nations declared today that famine exists in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool, and Lower Shabelle,” a…

British MPs blast Murdoch over hacking probe

British lawmakers Wednesday criticised attempts by Rupert Murdoch’s News International to “thwart” phone-hacking probes, as Prime Minister David Cameron geared up for a parliamentary showdown over the crisis. A day after Murdoch apologised over the scandal as he was grilled by lawmakers in London, a parliamentary committee released a report…

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