Many US homes still without power after Irene

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Residents of several states in the northeast US approached the Labour Day holiday weekend mired in mud and stuck in the dark nearly a week after Hurricane Irene swallowed parts of the region with flooding. About one million homes and businesses on the East Coast were still without electricity on Thursday, […]

US counterterror chief: Al-Qaida now on the ropes

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WASHINGTON—On a steady slide. On the ropes. Taking shots to the body and head. That’s how White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan described al-Qaida on Wednesday as he offered the first on-record confirmation that al-Qaida’s latest second-in-command was killed last week in Pakistan—roughly four months after Navy SEALs killed Osama […]

Syrian forces said to be conducting searches for activists

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BEIRUT – Syrian security forces conducted house-to-house raids in the central city of Hama yesterday, hunting for activists involved in the country’s uprising, residents and activists said. Several tanks and military buses were parked on the eastern entrance of the city, they said, while hundreds of soldiers searched two…

Swollen rivers begin falling across Northeast

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KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Swollen rivers began falling Wednesday in much of the Northeast, easing the flooding that paralyzed parts of the region after Hurricane Irene and allowing emergency crews to reach all but one of the Vermont towns that had been cut off by floodwaters. Receding water revealed more […]