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As crews battle Texas wildfires, residents wait to return home

Waiting for the wind to die in Texas (CNN) — Shannon Lilie had five minutes to flee her home, but she was frozen. As a wildfire inched closer to her Austin, Texas, neighborhood, she could not decide what to take with her. Her 6-year-old son appeared, carrying a bag and crying. He had stuffed his favorite toy inside and needed ...

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Colombia’s new Defence Minister Pinzon eyes victory

Colombia’s new Defence Minister, Juan Carlos Pinzon, has been sworn in, with orders to give the “final blow” to the Farc rebel group. Mr Pinzon is an economist, a former deputy defence minister, and a close ally of President Juan Manuel Santos. He was brought in to replace Rodrigo Rivera, amid a growing perception that security gains are being reversed. ...

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Unlocked by melting ice-caps, the great polar oil rush has begun

It’s the melting of the Arctic ice, as the climate warms, that makes it possible – and you can understand why they’re all piling in. In July 2008, the US Geological Survey released the first ever publicly available estimate of the oil locked in the earth north of the Arctic Circle. It was 90 billion barrels, representing an estimated 13 ...

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Mubarak returns to court, 1st witnesses to testify

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak returned to court Monday for a third hearing in his trial on charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters during the 18-day-uprising that toppled him. The proceedings move into a new phase as the first witnesses take to the stand: four policemen will testify against Mubarak and his top ...

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‘Tortured’ Libyan rebel calls for Britain apology

A senior Libyan rebel commander Monday demanded an apology from Britain and the US after seized documents suggested both countries were complicit in a plan that led to his detention and torture. Files unearthed from Moamer Kadhafi’s intelligence archives and seen by AFP documented the capture by the CIA of Abdel-Hakim Belhaj in Bangkok in 2004 and his forcible repatriation ...

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Knox trial resumes in Italy, enters final stretch

ROME-The appeals case of Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of killing her British roommate during a study abroad program, enters its final stretch when it resumes Monday. The 24-year-old from Seattle who has been behind bars since Nov. 2007 was relieved to be back in court after the summer break but anxious as the trial draws to a close, ...

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Haiti peacekeepers recalled over abuse claim

Uruguay has announced the dismissal of a navy commander with the United Nations mission in Haiti after a video was circulated of an alleged sexual assault on a young Haitian man by members of a Uruguayan peacekeeping unit. The defence ministry said on Sunday in a statement that it had begun a “repatriation of the troops involved” in the incident. In addition to the ...

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Mass rallies revive Israel protest movement

The rally was by far the summer’s largest, with Tel Aviv’s main square overflowing with demonstrators [Reuters] An estimated 500,000 people took to the streets of coastal Tel Aviv on Saturday night, by far the largest demonstration in the social protest movement that has swept the country for two months. Protesters marched down Rothschild Boulevard, a fashionable street which has been the ...

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