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US warns of Sri Lankan violence

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 0:07
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, United States United States

A US diplomat says Sri Lanka's failure to share power with the minority Tamils could lead to renewed violence.
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US senators oppose Lockerbie release

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 0:15
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States
related places: Lockerbie

Seven US senators write to the Scottish justice secretary to urge him to keep the Lockerbie bomber behind bars.
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Have-a-go US mayor loses teeth defending granny from attacker

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 2:26
related countries: United States United States
related places: Milwaukee

The mayor of the US city of Milwaukee is injured as he tries to save a grandmother and child from an attacker.
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China 'angry' at Australia tour

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 4:20
related countries: Australia Australia, China China

It emerges that China cancelled a ministerial visit because of Australia's welcome for exiled Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer.
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Obituary

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 5:21
related countries: North Korea North Korea

Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung dies
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US judge 'ignored death row plea'

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 6:38
related countries: United States United States

A US judge stands trial over allegedly refusing to allow lawyers for a death row inmate to lodge a last minute appeal.
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500 Chinese suspects 'on the run'

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 7:12
related countries: China China

Nearly 500 criminal suspects are on the run following a crackdown on gangsters in China, according to media reports.
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Former S Korea President Kim dies

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 8:07
related countries: South Korea South Korea

Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, who pioneered the 'Sunshine Policy' of engagement with North Korea, has died.
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Chicago shuts down to save money

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 8:18
related countries: United States United States
related places: Chicago, Non

Non-essential services close for a day in the US city of Chicago in an attempt to address a $300m budget deficit.
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Hilltop youth

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 8:40
related countries: West Bank West Bank

Teenage Israelis setting up West Bank outposts
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Portraits of war

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 8:44
related countries: Sudan Sudan

The faces of those caught up Sudan's Darfur conflict
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Pakistan Taliban spokesman 'held'

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 9:21
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistani officials say the army has arrested a man they believe to be the chief spokesman for the country's Taliban rebels.
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Police blamed over Russia bombing

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 9:45
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia sacks a top official and moves to boost security in the southern Ingushetia region after a bomb blast killed 20 people.
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US man 'stole 130m card numbers'

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 10:14
related countries: United States United States

US prosecutors charge a man with carrying out what they say is the largest case of identity theft in American history.
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Colombia head tackles border woes

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 10:24
related countries: Colombia Colombia, Venezuela Venezuela
related places: Cucuta

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe meets local leaders in the border town of Cucuta, where a row with Venezuela is hitting trade.
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Many feared dead in Russia blast

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 10:47
related countries: Russia Russia

As many as 76 people are feared dead after an explosion at a huge Siberian hydro-electric power station.
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Colombia hostages' video surfaces

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 11:01
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Video apparently filmed by Colombian rebels emerges of a soldier and police officer, who are among a group of 23 hostages.
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Corruption fears over Afghan poll

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 11:06
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Voting cards are being offered for sale in Afghanistan ahead of its presidential election, as rebels attack the capital, Kabul.
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India's BJP disowns Jinnah book

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 11:14
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, India India

India's Hindu nationalist BJP "disassociates" itself from a new book on Pakistan's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
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Iran welcomes open nuclear talks

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 11:24
related countries: Iran Iran
related places: Tehran

A senior official in Tehran says Iran is ready for talks with the West on its nuclear programme without preconditions.
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China reduces holdings in US debt

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 11:27
related countries: United States United States, China China
related places: June

China - which holds more US government debt than any other country - cut its holdings heavily in June.
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Lockerbie bomber's appeal dropped

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 12:12
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Lockerbie

An application by the Lockerbie bomber to drop his second appeal against conviction is accepted by a Scottish court.
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Surprise dip in US home building

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 14:34
related countries: United States United States

Construction of new US homes posted a surprise fall in July, ending three straight months of rises, figures show.
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Apartheid policeman loses job bid

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 14:38
related countries: South Africa South Africa

An apartheid-era South African policeman, granted amnesty for murder, loses his case to rejoin the police.
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'Real IRA' arms trial adjourned

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 14:41
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Lithuania Lithuania
related places: Vilnius

The trial in Lithuania of a man charged with trying to buy arms and explosives for the Real IRA is adjourned until October.
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Turks rally against smoking ban

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 14:57
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Ankara

Hundreds of Turks protest in the capital Ankara against a month-old ban on smoking in bars and restaurants.
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Militant escapes Lebanon prison

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 15:02
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

An Islamist militant escapes from a Lebanon prison after members of his group form a human ladder and help him scale a wall.
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UN fears over Liberia drug trade

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 15:19
related countries: Liberia Liberia

The UN's secretary general expresses "instability" concerns over the growth of the drugs trade in Liberia.
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Eurovision security threat? Voters quizzed for backing Armenia

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 15:26
related countries: Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, Armenia Armenia

People in Azerbaijan who voted for a song by neighbouring Armenia in May's Eurovision Song Contest are being questioned by the authorities.
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Nigeria nearing 'a failed state'

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 15:37
related countries: Nigeria Nigeria

The head of Nigeria's leading lawyers' association says the country is "gliding toward being a failed state".
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Taliban 'confirms Mehsud's death'

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 15:40
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Taliban

The chief spokesman for the Taliban in Pakistan confirms the group's leader is dead, Pakistani officials say.
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Live - World Championships

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 15:48
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Phillips Idowu wins Britain's second gold medal in the men's triple jump final, while Christine Ohuruogu and David Greene miss out on podium finishes.
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Afghan candidates' helicopter row

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 16:12
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah accuses President Karzai of forcing two of his election helicopters to land.
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US man 'stole 130m card numbers'

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 16:14
related countries: United States United States

US prosecutors charge a man with carrying out what they say is the largest case of identity theft in American history.
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Eritrea to pay Ethiopia millions

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 16:46
related countries: Ethiopia Ethiopia, Eritrea Eritrea

An international tribunal in The Hague rules that Eritrea will have to pay Ethiopia millions of dollars for war damages.
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Russia detains ship 'hijackers'

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 16:51
related countries: Cape Verde Cape Verde, Russia Russia

The Russian navy arrests a group of eight people it says hijacked the Arctic Sea, the missing ship found off West Africa.
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Web Monitor

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 17:11
related countries: United States United States
related places: Africa

Is the US following Africa's lead and ditching landlines?
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Deadly pre-poll attack hits Kabul

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 17:15
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kabul

A suicide bomber kills 10 people in an attack on Western troops in the Afghan capital, two days before a presidential election.
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US tax probe on 150 UBS customers

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 17:21
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland, United States United States

More than 150 US customers of the Swiss bank UBS are being "criminally investigated" for tax avoidance, court documents say.
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Bolt storms through to 200m semis

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 17:48
related countries: Jamaica Jamaica, Germany Germany
related places: Berlin

Jamaica's Usain Bolt remains on course for a World Championships sprint double after easing into the 200m semi-finals in Berlin.
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US journalist Robert Novak dies

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 19:00
related countries: United States United States

Veteran US columnist Robert Novak, a key figure in the 2003 Valerie Plame affair, dies aged 78, after a battle with cancer.
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Defiant message

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 20:33
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia

Indonesia's youth unite following terror attacks
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New settlements 'on hold' says Israel

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 21:00
related countries: Israel Israel, United States United States, West Bank West Bank

An Israeli minister says no new housing tenders are being issued for the West Bank, in the hope of relieving pressure from the US.
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Mubarak holds White House talks

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 21:22
related countries: Egypt Egypt, United States United States
related places: Washington, White House

Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak holds talks at the White House during his first US visit for more than five years.
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Sony cuts price of PS3 consoles

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 22:02
related countries: Japan Japan

Electronics giant Sony announces it is cutting the price of its PlayStation 3 games console and introducing a slimmer model.
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US-Colombia deal 'not a threat'

Tuesday 18th of August 2009, 23:55
related countries: Colombia Colombia, United States United States

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seeks to calm fears over a planned deal with Colombia over access to its military bases.
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