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At least 35 killed in twin blasts north of Baghdad

At least 35 people were killed and 28 wounded in a double bomb attack in the city of Taji north of Baghdad on Tuesday, an interior ministry official said. “Thirty-five people were killed and 28 wounded when a car bomb and an improvised bomb exploded simultaneously outside a government office…

Shuttle Endeavour prepares to leave space station

WASHINGTON — The US space shuttle Endeavour on Sunday prepared to undock from the International Space Station and jet back to Earth, wrapping up its final journey before entering retirement, NASA said. Endeavour’s last mission is the penultimate flight for the 30-year US shuttle program, which will end for good…

US shuttle Endeavour docks at space station

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US space shuttle Endeavour, with six astronauts on board including an Italian, docked at the International Space Station on Wednesday, NASA said. The docking, the next to last for the US shuttle program, took place at 1014 GMT, according to a commentator on NASA TV, which…

F/A-18 fighter crashes in California: US Navy

WASHINGTON – A US F/A-18 fighter jet crashed on Wednesday in California near a naval air base, a Navy official said. The crash occurred at about 12:00 pm (1900 GMT) “in a field near Naval Air Station Lemoore” in California’s rural central valley, the official, who spoke on condition of…

US pulls out warplanes from Libya: Pentagon

WASHINGTON – The US military on Monday withdrew its fighter jets from the international air campaign in Libya, officials said, after NATO asked Washington to keep up bombing raids for another 48 hours. The United States had planned to halt combat missions and Tomahawk cruise missile launches at the weekend…

Two Reuters TV personnel missing in Syria

LONDON (Reuters) – Two Reuters television journalists have been missing in Syria since Saturday night, when they were due to return to Lebanon. Beirut-based producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji had been expected to cross into Lebanon by road at approximately 1830 GMT (2:30 p.m. ET) on Saturday, where…

Japan responds to massive quake

by Karin Zeitvogel – 28 mins ago WASHINGTON (AFP) – 2320 GMT: Latest toll estimates, according to Japan’s Kyodo and Jiji news agencies, suggest more than 1,000 people have died. At least 400 deaths have already been confirmed by officials. 2259 GMT: Japan’s nuclear plant operator Tokyo Electric Power says…

Some Northern California residents evacuated in advance of tsunami

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – Residents in parts of northern California evacuated their homes on Friday as a tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan bore down on the U.S. and Canadian west coast. The tsunami could reach 6 feet when it hits parts of the northern California coast, a…

Libya revolts: Live updates

THIS IS AN AFP LIVE BLOG OF THE LIBYAN UPRISING: POSTS TO CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY… Watch live coverage of the events in Libya from Al Jazeera English. TRIPOLI (AFP) – 1650 GMT: Kadhafi threatens strikes against protesters like Tiananmen Square. 1649 GMT: Britain will send a charter flight to Libya…

Live: Obama holds news conference

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will hold a news conference at 11:00 (1600 GMT) Tuesday, the White House said.…

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