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NATO denies new Libya civilian deaths claim

TRIPOLI (AFP) – NATO came under verbal fire again on Saturday from Moamer Kadhafi’s regime, which accused it of killing 15 more people in strikes on civilian sites in the eastern city of Brega, a claim promptly denied by the alliance. Meanwhile, three powerful explosions struck the eastern Tripoli suburb…

Airport geese to be cooked for poor

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City plans to capture pesky geese that threaten planes departing area airports and send them to Pennsylvania to be cooked for meals for the poor, city officials said. The plan is aimed at avoiding incidents like the forced landing of a U.S. Airways plane…

Vietnam holds live-fire drill amid China tensions

HANOI (AFP) – Vietnam on Monday held live-fire naval drills in the tense South China Sea, a move that analysts see as raising the risk of a “showdown” with Beijing in a deepening territorial rift. A long-standing dispute between the communist neighbours over sovereignty of two potentially oil-rich archipelagos has…

Texas officials say no bodies found at home of alleged ‘mass grave’

HOUSTON, Texas — Texas police were investigating a tip-off that a mass grave containing bodies, including the corpses of children, was hidden in a rural area of the southern state, police said. Police were combing the area after being told 25 to 30 dismembered bodies, many of them possibly children,…

Chilean volcano erupts, forces mass evacuations

SANTIAGO (AFP) – Southern Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century, prompting evacuations for 3,500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina, authorities said. The National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a…

Sudan ‘open’ to talks over violence in Abyei

KHARTOUM (AFP) – Khartoum’s chief Abyei negotiator has said the northern government is “open” to negotiations with south Sudan over the contested border region and announced talks will resume on Saturday. “We are open to negotiations,” Al-Dirdiri Mohammed Ahmed, the National Congress Party’s chief negotiator on Abyei, told AFP. Dirdiri…

Oklahoma tornado leaves at least eight dead

JOPLIN, Missouri – Rescue teams and anguished families Wednesday were desperately trying to track down some 1,500 people listed as missing since a tornado ripped through a Missouri town, killing 125 residents. Emergency teams were also doing a fourth painstaking sweep through the devastated homes of Joplin, buoyed after two…

Canadian woman survives 7 weeks lost in remote area of Nevada

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 56 year-old Canadian woman stranded in a van for seven weeks on a remote dirt road in northern Nevada survived on snow and some trail mix until hunters discovered her, authorities said on Saturday. With Rita Chretien recovering in an Idaho hospital following her rescue on Friday afternoon, searchers are looking for…

Company owner hoping for “miracle” with trapped Idaho miner

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – The head of the company that owns the Idaho silver mine where a worker has been trapped underground for eight days said he still hopes rescuers will bring the miner safely home to his family. “We have not given up hope,” Phil Baker, the president and…

St. Louis airport closed, digging out after tornado strike

(Reuters) – Crews worked on Saturday to get St. Louis’ tornado-battered airport ready to reopen after it was hit by a roaring storm that also damaged hundreds of houses, tossed cars and knocked out power. Several injuries were reported but no fatalities. A preliminary count showed at least 750 homes…

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