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Julia to stay as Australia’s PM

MELBOURNE: The Australian Prime Minister, Ms Julia Gillard is set to head the country’s first minority government in nearly 70 years after two kingmaker independent MPs today extended support to her Labour party, giving it a wafer-thin one-seat majority after the August 21 cliffhanger polls.

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Angelina Jolie visits Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie who had earlier donated USD 1 million to relief efforts in flood ravaged Pakistan, arrived in the country today to provide some hands-on help.
 The Academy award winning actress jetted to Pakistan on a mercy mission for the millions left homeless because of the floods.

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Bangladesh pardons twenty death row convicts

DHAKA: Bangladesh has granted clemency to 20 death row inmates under a presidential pardon, as they awaited execution for murdering a local leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party in 2004, officials said today.

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Suicide bomber kills 20 in northwest Pakistan

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a police station in northwest Pakistan today, killing at least 20 people, including 11 policemen and four schoolchildren.

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‘Fishermen looted sinking vessel in Congo’

KINSHASA, CONGO: Survivors who swam to safety after their overcrowded boat capsized over the weekend said nearby fishermen refused to help drowning passengers in the dark of night, instead looting the goods aboard the burning vessel and beating people with oars.

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Israel’s Lieberman to block settlement curbs

JERUSALEM: The Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr Avigdor Lieberman said today that his ultra-nationalist, Mr Yisrael Beitenu party would block any attempt to extend a partial moratorium on settlements due to expire on September 26.

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Dramatic footage of US troops in live combat in Kandahar

KANDAHAR:  US and Afghan troops were on patrol and engaged in live combat in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan on Monday.
 Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade of the US 101st Airborne Division operating in the region manned a mortar battery at Forward Operating Base Wilson, on Sunday, firing 120mm shells to support colleagues under attack two kilometers (one mile) away.

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Austrian woman describes 8 years in a dungeon in ‘3,096 Days’

LONDON:  An Austrian girl who has suffered sexual, physical and mental torture as a prisoner trapped in a cellar for eight years has come out with an autobiography describing how she was forced to work almost naked, sleep with her captor and beaten 200 times a week.

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Pakistani trio admit they took money from bookie

LONDON/KARACHI: In a sensational turn to the spot-fixing scam, the three Pakistani cricketers — Salman Butt, Mohammed Aamir and Mohammed Asif — on Saturday admitted that they took money from bookie Mazhar Majeed but came out with a bizarre defence that it was for some sponsorship contracts.

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