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East struggles to recover from Irene

Meghan Morrow sweeps mud and debris from what is left of the Windham Spa,… Corrinne Levin, left, kisses her daughter Jillianne Davis, who’s home was… People try to get a car out of a flooded parking lot in Washingtonville,… NEWFANE, Vt. (AP) – Only one flooded Vermont town remained cut off from the outside world Wednesday, but National Guard helicopters ...

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Police say three bombers behind Chechnya attack

GROZNY, Russia – Three suicide bombers were responsible for killing at least nine people in the capital of Russia’s Chechnya region, a police official in the North Caucasus province said on Wednesday. The attack late on Tuesday near Chechnya’s parliament building was one of the deadliest in recent years in Grozny, which has been rebuilt by a Kremlin-backed government after ...

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Panel: Widespread waste and fraud in war spending

WASHINGTON—As much as $60 billion in U.S. tax dollars has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade due to lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption, according to an independent panel. In its final report to Congress, to be publicly released Wednesday, the Commission on Wartime Contracting said the waste could grow ...

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Hurricane Irene may be America’s costliest catastrophe

Washingto/New York, Aug 31 (IANS) Wednesday, August 31, 2011 –> As the US East Coast struggled to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, rising floodwaters forced thousands of evacuations in New Jersey and Connecticut with 13 flooded Vermont towns already cut off. Irene will most likely prove to be one of the 10 costliest catastrophes in American…

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Dozens ‘tortured and killed in Syria detention centres’

Amnesty International has said it believes that at least 88 people have died in detention in Syria during the past five months. It says those who died, including 10 children, were subjected to beatings, burns, electric shocks and other abuse. The group says it believes all of those who died were arrested after taking part in anti-government protests. Foreign journalists ...

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Australia Hits Out at ‘Irresponsible’ Wikileaks

Sydney. Australia lashed out Wednesday at WikiLeaks, calling it “incredibly irresponsible” for publishing a secret US cable detailing Australians with suspected links to Yemeni terrorism. The whistle-blowing site’s latest batch of confidential and secret documents includes one from the US embassy in Canberra that recommends 11 Australians be placed on a no-fly list and a further 12 on another “selectee” ...

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Katia speeds up in Atlantic, not clear if threat to U.S.

MIAMI (Reuters) – The U.S. East Coast is mopping up after Hurricane Irene’s weekend battering that killed around 40 people and authorities and residents are looking out anxiously over the Atlantic and asking: Is another one coming? Tropical Storm Katia has top winds of 60 miles per hour (95 km per hour) and is jogging west at a brisk 22 ...

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Irene wasn’t overhyped for rural areas on East Coast

More News While many in major East Coast cities wondered whether officials over-prepared the public for Hurricane Irene, the answer from the mostly rural areas hardest hit by the storm was unequivocally no. Although New York and other major cities were spared the worst of the storm, it slammed rural areas that will need federal help to rebuild. But the ...

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US rescues thousands stranded by Irene

Damaged roads from flooding in Bethel, Vermont. US rescuers battled to reac… A sign advertises help in cleaning-up following Tropical Storm Irene in Wes… A man looks out at a closed and damaged beach due to Tropical Storm Irene i… US rescuers battled to reach thousands cut off by flooding in towns across Vermont, New Jersey and upstate New York ...

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Newborn Deaths and Global Child Deaths – WHO Estimates

Wednesday, 31 August 2011, 2:28 pm Press Release: UN World Health Organization 31 August, 2011 — Fewer newborns are dying worldwide, but progress is too slow and Africa particularly is being left further behind. These are the findings of a new study published in the medical journal PLoS Medicine today. The study covering 20 years and all 193 WHO Member ...

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