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Report: South Africa hesitates on Dalai Lama visa

Johannesburg – South Africa was considering whether to grant the Dalai Lama a visa, after Archbishop Desmond Tutu invited the Tibetan spiritual leader for a visit, according to media reports Monday. Both Tutu and the Dalai Lama are Nobel peace prize laureates. ‘I have invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama to attend my 80th birthday celebrations in Cape Town,’ Tutu ...

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Ex-MI5 Boss: ‘Iraq Posed No Threat To UK’

The former boss of MI5 has said Iraq was a “distraction” that posed no threat to the UK when Tony Blair took the country to war. Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller said intelligence suggested the domestic threat could actually increase as a result of the invasion. The ex-security service chief made the remarks in an interview in which she said she “assumes” ...

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Obama Widening War in Somalia

Monday, 29 August 2011, 5:52 pm Column: Sherwood Ross Obama Widening War in Somalia By August 29, 2011 Led by the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) the U.S. is stepping up its war in Somalia, The Nation magazine reports. “The CIA presence in (the capital) Mogadishu is part of Washington’s intensifying counter-terrorism focus on Somalia, which includes targeted strikes by US Special ...

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Noda wins DPJ race

Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda delivers a speech Monday before voting in the Democratic Party of Japan’s presidential election. Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda was elected president of the Democratic Party of Japan on Monday, succeeding outgoing Prime Minister Naoto Kan. As no candidate won a majority in the first round, a much expected runoff was held. Noda received 215 votes in ...

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Japan’s ruling party to elect next prime minister

TOKYO ‘ The ruling party of Japan was to elect the man who will become the country’s sixth new prime minister in five years on Monday, but no candidate was expected to land a knock-out blow in the first round. The contest, a bitter fight within the centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), comes amid public disenchantment over the government’s ...

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Irene cleanup could take days along East Coast

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — With Irene gone, cleanup crews began pumping water out of soggy subway tunnels, fixing traffic lights in the nation’s capital and clearing debris from hundreds of roads as the East Coast readied for the workweek. While early indications were that the damage was not as bad as feared, it will be days before things get back ...

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Flood worries and some relief in Irene’s wake

NEW YORK (AP) — Stripped of hurricane rank, Tropical Storm Irene spent the last of its fury Sunday, leaving treacherous flooding and millions without power – but an unfazed New York and relief that it was nothing like the nightmare authorities feared. Slowly, the East Coast surveyed the damage, up to $7 billion by one private estimate, and worried of ...

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