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Ron Paul calls for military cuts

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul told voters Friday in high-stakes New Hampshire that the US must transform its foreign policy to cut back on aid, military bases and combat missions. “I am sick and tired of foreign welfare,” said Paul, 76, a medical doctor who has delivered more than 4,000…

New Zealand braces as oil slick ship breaks up

Salvage crews reboarded a stricken ship at the centre of New Zealand’s worst sea pollution disaster on Thursday as authorities ordered people off oil-blackened beaches. The crews, fearing that a breakup of the Rena was now inevitable, hoped to drain its fuel tanks to prevent further fuel from spewing into…