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India extends $416.39 mn as Line of Credit for Sri Lankan projects

India extends $416.39 mn as Line of Credit for Sri Lankan projects

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India, which is assisting Sri Lanka in reconstruction of its war-ravaged northern region, on Friday extended more than $416 million as Line of Credit for building three railway projects in this country. External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who is on a four-day visit to Sri Lanka, witnessed the signing of the credit agreement... 

New Zealand mine: Second robot to resume search

New Zealand mine: Second robot to resume search

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BBC’s Phil Mercer describes CCTV images showing the moment the blast tore through the Pike River mine Continue reading the main story Related stories * In pictures: NZ mine accident * Scots miner a ‘joy to work with’ * Fears grow for trapped UK miners Efforts to investigate the New Zealand mine... 

Families seek Cambodia stampede victims

Families seek Cambodia stampede victims

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Families in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh have been scouring morgues and hospitals in search of relatives missing after a deadly stampede. Search teams have also been trawling a river for bodies after the crush on a footbridge left at least 378 people dead and hundreds more injured. Prime Minister Hun Sen declared Thursday... 

Pope’s condom views clarified by Vatican

Pope’s condom views clarified by Vatican

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The Vatican has clarified Pope Benedict XVI’s comments on condoms, saying their use by men and women to prevent HIV could be an act of “responsibility”. The clarification follows comments suggesting Pope accepted their use only in exceptional circumstances. But the Vatican’s senior spokesman said the... 

Irish leader Cowen fights for survival over bail-out

Irish leader Cowen fights for survival over bail-out

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Calls are mounting for Irish leader Brian Cowen to quit over the country’s 90bn-euro (£77bn, $124bn) bail-out by the EU and IMF. Mr Cowen has phoned opposition leaders in what is seen as a bid to win support for delaying an election until a new budget is passed next month. He announced on Monday that a general election... 

Police arrest 10 over Belgian ‘Islamist terror plot’

Police arrest 10 over Belgian ‘Islamist terror plot’

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Police in three countries have arrested 10 radical Islamists over a terrorist plot to attack Belgium, Belgian federal prosecutors say. They were detained in police swoops in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany after a year-long investigation by police in the Belgian city of Antwerp. An “international jihadist terrorist... 

BBC News – Taliban impostor ‘dupes Afghans and vanishes with cash’

BBC News – Taliban impostor ‘dupes Afghans and vanishes with cash’

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An impostor posing as a leading Taliban negotiator held secret talks with Afghan officials, report US media. The Afghans thought they were dealing with Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, a top Taliban commander. But he may not even have been a member of the Taliban, reports the New York Times, which broke the story. He was paid... 

Royal Wedding date chosen by Prince William and Kate

Royal Wedding date chosen by Prince William and Kate

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Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry on Friday 29 April at Westminster Abbey, Clarence House has announced. The couple, both 28, got engaged while on holiday in Kenya in October. Prime Minister David Cameron said it would be “a happy and momentous occasion” and would be marked by a public holiday. The Royal... 

Afghan election officials suspended

Afghan election officials suspended

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Two of Afghanistan’s most senior election officials have been suspended, hours before results were finally due to be released from the September poll. It is not clear why the attorney general acted against the spokesmen of the Independent Election Commission and Electoral Complaints Commission. A judge is expected to receive... 

Border clash prompts South Korean missile warning

Border clash prompts South Korean missile warning

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South Korea says it will retaliate with missile strikes against the North if faced with “further provocations”, after an exchange of fire in which two South Korean marines were killed. President Lee Myung-bak was responding to the shelling of an inhabited island close to a disputed maritime border. The South returned... 

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