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Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's close military alliance with the US is to be further entrenched with the building of a high-tech communications base in Western Australia. The Federal Government is about to approve the base after 3 years of secret

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USA Today

Growing up in Bangladesh, Abul Hussam drank well water tainted with arsenic, a metal that can cause cancer if consumed regularly. 40 years later, Hussam developed an inexpensive filtration system that is changing his country and could help put an end

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AP

Victor Manuel Lozano spends his days like most 2-year-olds. He goes to nursery school, draws, rides a tricycle. The difference is, he does it in prison, living with mom, a convicted murderer, and dad, a drug trafficker.

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Daily Telegraph

Alarmed by the progress of Iran's nuclear program and the prospect of a military clash between its Shia regime and the United States, Gulf leaders intend to use billions of dollars of oil revenue to purchase a huge array of military hardware.

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Anna Nicole Smith, a former Playboy centerfold, actress and television personality who was famous for being rich (sporadically); litigious (chronically); and, above all, for being famous, died today after collapsing at a hotel in Florida. She was 39.

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Washington Post

Russian prosecutors have leveled new charges against imprisoned oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and one of his partners, accusing the fallen businessmen of money laundering and embezzlement in the theft of $20 billion from Yukos

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AP

Zimbabwe's national security minister has told the country's last remaining white farmers that they will be jailed if they refuse to abide by a deadline that passed for them to leave their farms.

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NY Times

But the rise of fast-growing companies like Tencent is also worrying the Chinese government, which strictly regulates the Internet and is wary of the Web’s ability to mobilize huge online political communities or perhaps to nurture underground econom

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NY Times

The three musicians have paid just $7.2 million in taxes on earnings of $450 million that they have channeled through Amsterdam — a tax rate of about 1.5 percent, well below the British rate of 40 percent.

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ynetnews

In stormy Parliament session, many politicians call on government to 'change diplomatic language', work to obtain nuclear weapons, particularly after Olmert implied that Israel possesses such a bomb.

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DPA (Raw Story)

The formal approval of special powers - set to allow Chavez to rule by decree in a number of areas - the structure of state organs, the election of officials at the local level, finance and taxes, banking, and safety and national defense. Sanction la

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DPA

When China signed trade deals worth $1.9bn with African countries last November, without any conditions on reforms and human rights, a German development official warned Africans they risked becoming Chinese subjects.

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AP

The city of Miami is planning an official celebration at the Orange Bowl whenever Cuban president Fidel Castro dies. Discussions covered issues such as a theme to be printed on T-shirts, what musicians would perform, the cost and how long the celebr

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Monsters and Critics

Turkey warned Saturday against integrating the multiethnic city of Kirkuk, norther Iraq, into an autonomous Kurdish region. "I fear that it could come to a very big civil war," said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Ergodan in a TV inter

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Reuters

Guard dogs protecting a fruit orchard in Malaysia have met their match -- a 23-ft-long python that swallowed at least 11 hounds before it was finally discovered by villagers. "I was shocked to see such a huge python," said orchard-keeper

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Financial Times

Hu Jintao, the Chinese president, has called for tighter controls on the internet, ordering government and Communist party cadres to “purify” the web and tap into new technology to guide and manage online opinion more closely.

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AP

“The Egyptian government’s arrest of Mr. Amer simply for displeasure over writings on the personal Web log raises serious concern about the level of respect for freedoms in Egypt,” Reps. Trent Franks, R-AZ, and Barney Frank, D-MA, wrote to U.S

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AFP

The rioting between rival Sunni and Shiite Muslims was at a level not seen since the end of the 1975-1990 civil war, and came 48 hours after the Hezbollah-led opposition called a general strike which was also marred by deadly clashes.

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Daily Telegraph

The military regime in Burma is intent on wiping out Christianity in the country, according to claims in a secret document believed to have been leaked from a government ministry. Entitled "Programme to destroy the Christian religion in Burma**

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CBS/AP

Jordan's King Abdullah II told an Israeli newspaper that his country wants its own nuclear program. Abdullah said his desert kingdom, which borders Israel and has a peace agreement with it, wanted nuclear power "for peaceful purposes" a

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BBC News

A prominent Turkish-Armenian editor, convicted in 2005 of insulting Turkish identity, has been shot dead outside his newspaper's office. He was given a 6-month suspended sentence after writing about the Armenian "genocide" of 1915.

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BBC News

The United States, Australia and Canada have criticised China over a weapons test it is said to have carried out in space last week. The Americans say the Chinese sent up a ballistic missile to destroy an ageing weather satellite.

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