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Record level of US airstrikes hit Afghan militants

Record number of US airstrikes hit Afghan militants in Pakistani border region Drone aircraft unleashed a missile attack in a lawless tribal region on the Afghan border Wednesday, keeping up the most intense period of U.S. strikes in Pakistan since they began in 2004, intelligence officials said. The stepped-up campaign…

Suicide attack in Russia kills 15, wounds over 130

Suicide bombing kills 15, wounds more than 130 outside market in Russia’s volatile Caucasus A suicide car bomber hit the central market of a major city in Russia’s North Caucasus on Thursday, killing at least 15 and wounding more than 130 people in one of the worst terror attacks in…

Locusts swarm over 40 villages in Guinea Bissau

Massive swarms of crop-destroying locusts have invaded some 40 villages in eastern Guinea-Bissau and are heading north towards neighbouring Senegal, a local government official told AFP on Monday. “Heavy rains over the past days have not discouraged them, they are continuing to move towards the province of Farim, further north…

Obama hails NOLA ‘resilience’ five years post-Katrina

President Barack Obama, marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans Sunday, praised the city’s resilience and pledged support for rebuilding “until the job is done.” He acknowledged that the famed jazz city, where at least 1,500 people died in the storm and its aftermath, was still in…

Russian fires hit land contaminated by Chernobyl disaster

Russia on Wednesday admitted wildfires hit hundreds of hectares of land contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster as anger grew over the slack official response to its worst ever heatwave. The smog from the wildfires that triggered a public health crisis which descended for days over Moscow dissipated as the…

Oil tanker suspected in penguin-killing slick near Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO — An unidentified oil tanker is suspected to be responsible for a petroleum slick sullying beaches north of Rio de Janeiro, where several dead penguins were also found, Brazilian maritime officials said Tuesday. “The oil is very diluted and has spread to almost all the beaches in…

Burning Russia battles to defend nuclear sites

Russia fought a deadly battle Tuesday to prevent wildfires from engulfing key nuclear sites as alarm mounted over the impact on health of a toxic smoke cloud that has shrouded Moscow. Two soldiers were killed by blazing trees as they strove to put out a fire dangerously close to Russia’s…

BP begins final countdown to ‘static kill’; well could be sealed by Wednesday

BP prepared Tuesday to plug the worst oil leak in history, although the Gulf of Mexico region will be counting the environmental and economic costs for years, perhaps decades, to come. Already delayed by a week due to Tropical Storm Bonnie, the long-awaited “static kill” was put off again at…

Kucinich: US must strive for Korean peace treaty

The United States must work for a formal peace treaty between North Korea and South Korea, 57 years after the armistice that left the neighbors technically at war, a US lawmaker urged Monday. “Further isolating North Korea from South Korea and the international community does not serve the interest of…

NKorea tensions spike at Asian security forum

North Korea on Friday threatened the United States and South Korea with a “physical response” to planned weekend naval exercises as tensions with the communist nation rose in the aftermath of the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on the North. In Vietnam for a Southeast Asian regional security…

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