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Floods kill 18, displace 100,000 in east India

Heavy flooding in eastern India has killed 18 people and displaced almost 100,000 over the past week, government and aid officials said Monday, warning of more wet weather to come. The floods were triggered by torrential monsoon rains across Orissa state, causing water levels to rise and overflow river banks,…

Brits may soon drink more beer at home than in pubs

Britons may soon drink more beer at home than in the nation’s cherished pubs, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Monday, with one industry body blaming the supermarkets for undercutting them. Drinkers are close to consuming more beer from supermarkets, it said, citing figures from the British Beer and Pub Association…

Venezuela’s Chavez turns to shamans to fight cancer

Shamans from tribes in Venezuela’s Amazon jungle held a ceremony at the Miraflores presidential palace Saturday to help Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recover from his cancer treatment. Chavez, who insists that he was “not sick but recovering” from cancer, greeted the shamans wearing a track suit in the colors of…

Republican candidates head to Florida for key debate

Florida finds itself in the thick of the battle for the White House Monday, hosting a Republican debate in which the fate of entitlement programs could take center stage in a state with a huge proportion of elderly voters. Eight candidates will converge on the Florida State Fairgrounds for the…

Analysis: Israel faces prospect of isolation if it alienates former allies

The upcoming vision to Egypt by Turkey’s prime minister has raised the possibility that Israel may become profoundly isolated if the two nations that have been among its strongest supporters in the region make common cause against it. Thousands of Egyptians stormed the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Friday, protesting…

Al-Jazeera Egypt shut down for ‘sowing dissent’

CAIRO — The satellite channel Al-Jazeera Egypt said on Sunday the authorities had prevented it from broadcasting, after entering its offices and confiscating transmission equipment. Ahmed Zain, the channel’s chief in Cairo, told AFP that police, officers from the culture ministry and representatives of Egypt’s public broadcaster had also seized…

Strauss-Kahn should stay out of French race: poll

(Reuters) – A majority of French think former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn should not get involved in the 2012 presidential election following his return to France after a sex-assault scandal in the United States, a poll showed on Sunday. The veteran Socialist politician had been seen as the clear favorite to…

Swedish police ‘arrest four terror suspects’

STOCKHOLM — Swedish police in the southwestern city of Gothenburg have arrested four people suspected of preparing a terror attack, Swedish media said Sunday quoting intelligence reports. “Four people suspected of preparing a terror attack” were arrested late Saturday, said TT news agency quoting Sara Kvarnstroem, spokesman of the Saepo…

China uses 9/11 to crack down on Xinjiang region

BEIJING — Over the past decade China has used the global “war on terror” to jail thousands of ethnic Muslim Uighurs in the far-western and restive Xinjiang region, according to a minority rights group. Beijing has attributed any social unrest in Xinjiang to the forces of “terrorism, separatism and religious…

Malaysia’s Mahathir: 9/11 not work of Muslims

KUALA LUMPUR — The long-serving former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad says Arab Muslims are incapable of carrying out the 9/11 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people. The ageing firebrand, who was in power in Malaysia at the time of the attacks and stepped down in 2003…

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