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Panetta to increase military cooperation with Indonesia

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said yesterday that Washington will continue to develop military ties with Indonesia, but keep a watchful eye on rights abuses, after over a decade of suspended cooperation. He said closed-door talks with Indonesian counterpart Purnomo Yusgiantoro focused on “Indonesia’s growing importance as a global leader and the long-term commitment of the US to the ...

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Grenade attack hits Kenya club

A grenade was thrown into a discotheque in the Kenyan capital Nairobi wounding 14 people, central Nairobi police chief Eric Mugambi said. “Initial investigations show it is a grenade that was thrown inside. Fourteen people have been injured,” Mugambi said early on Monday. The Mwauras disco is in the bustling centre of Nairobi, popular with night-clubbers. The injured were taken ...

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Avoid alcohol three days a week, doctors warn

A night of drinking should be followed by two or three alcohol-free days, doctors have advised. The liver needs time to recover if people are consuming more than just a small alcoholic drink, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has said. Government advice is a maximum of 21 units per week…

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Myanmar flash floods kill 100: official

Yangon, Oct 23 (AFP) Sunday, October 23, 2011 –> More than 100 people were killed in flash floods in central Myanmar caused by heavy storms this week, an official said today. “So far, 35 dead bodies were found out of 106 missing people. The other 71 people are also believed to have been killed…

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Tunisia goes to the polls in landmark election

Polls opened in a joyful though serious mood in Tunisia’s first-ever free elections, with an Islamic party poised to win nine months after the surprise toppling of the country’s dictator sparked the Arab Spring. 9:56AM BST 23 Oct 2011 Some 7.2 million people are eligible to elect a 217-member assembly that will rewrite the constitution and appoint a new caretaker ...

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Cameron joins talks on Euro crisis

Prime Minister David Cameron and fellow EU leaders are bidding for more progress today in the latest of a series of meetings to crack the economic crisis. A summit in Brussels will try to break the deadlock over plans for a massive increase in EU bailout funds to reassure markets that Europe can deal with any more eurozone meltdowns. And ...

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US warns of ‘imminent’ attack threat in Kenya

The US embassy in Nairobi warned Americans of an “imminent threat” of attacks possibly targeting foreigners, one week after Kenyan forces crossed into Somalia to hunt down Shebab fighters. The embassy cited “credible information of an imminent threat of terrorist attacks directed at prominent Kenyan facilities and areas where foreigners are known to congregate, such as malls and night clubs.” ...

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Libya set to celebrate ‘liberation’

Libya’s new leaders will declare liberation later, officials said, in a move that will start the clock for elections after months of bloodshed that culminated in the death of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi. But the victory has been clouded by questions over how Gaddafi was killed after images emerged showing he was found alive and taunted and beaten by his ...

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Storm death toll rises in Central America

At least 105 people have been killed in flooding and landslides provoked by 10 days of heavy rains in Central America, officials have said. More than a million people have been affected in the region, prompting officials to ask for humanitarian aid and urge those unaffected to show solidarity. Much of the aid is expected to go to Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and to the hardest-hit country, El ...

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North Korea and US agree new search for US war dead

The United States has reached agreement with North Korea to resume searching for the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War after a six-year halt. The US said searches would start again next year in an area north of the North Korean capital Pyongyang. Recovery operations stopped amid tension…

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