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Building collapse kills Afghan wedding guests

Building collapse kills Afghan wedding guests

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At least 60 people have been killed after part of a building collapsed on guests at a wedding in northern Afghanistan, officials say. The incident occurred in Jelga, a remote district in the northern province of Baghlan. Officials said most of the dead were women and children who were celebrating separately from the men, according... 

Kenya’s Wetangula steps aside over embassy allegations

Kenya’s Wetangula steps aside over embassy allegations

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Kenya’s foreign minister has stepped aside amid a growing scandal involving the alleged misuse of his ministry’s funds for several land deals abroad. Moses Wetangula, who maintains his innocence, made his announcement as MPs were set to vote on his suspension. A parliamentary report recommended his removal until... 

Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner dies

Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner dies

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Argentina’s former President, Nestor Kirchner, has died after suffering a sudden heart attack, doctors say. Mr Kirchner, 60, who had been operated on in September for heart problems, died in the southern Argentine city of El Calafate, local media reported. His wife, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, is the current president... 

BBC News – Indonesia tsunami: Death toll soars to 272

BBC News – Indonesia tsunami: Death toll soars to 272

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The death toll from a tsunami that hit several remote islands in Indonesia has risen to 272, officials say. Continue reading the main story Related stories * ‘No alert’ in Indonesian tsunami * First images from Mentawai islands * Animated guide: Tsunamis Rescue teams on the Mentawai islands say 412 people... 

Privacy body to re-examine Google

Privacy body to re-examine Google

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Britain’s privacy watchdog is to look again at what personal information internet giant Google gathered from private wi-fi networks. The Information Commissioner’s Office had investigated a sample earlier this year after it was revealed that Google had collected personal data during its Street View project. At the... 

Spaceopal named as Galileo European sat-nav operator

Spaceopal named as Galileo European sat-nav operator

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The contract to operate the satellites that will form Europe’s version of GPS has been awarded to Spaceopal. The 194m euro (£170m) contract is the fourth of six “work packages” to be announced as efforts continue to roll out the Galileo sat-nav project. The multi-billion euro programme is over budget and much... 

Wind turbine giant Vestas cuts 3,000 jobs

Wind turbine giant Vestas cuts 3,000 jobs

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Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine maker, has announced plans to cut 3,000 jobs because of weak demand, around 15% of its global workforce. The Danish company also reported net profits of 126m euros ($177m; £111m) for the three months to the end of September, 24% down on the same period last year. Most of the job... 

Ford’s third-quarter profits jump to $1.7bn

Ford’s third-quarter profits jump to $1.7bn

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US motor company Ford has reported net income of $1.7bn (£1.08bn) for the third quarter, a rise of 68% on the same period a year ago. The company’s improved performance came as it increased its share of the US market and buyers paid more for its cars and trucks. It was Ford’s sixth straight quarterly profit. Ford... 

BBC News – Indonesia tsunami deaths increase after Sumatra quake

BBC News – Indonesia tsunami deaths increase after Sumatra quake

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Scores of houses were destroyed by waves after the 7.7 magnitude quake, which struck 20km (13 miles) under the ocean floor near the Mentawai islands. Ten villages on the islands were swept away by the tsunami, a disaster official told the AFP news agency. Damage and rough weather are delaying efforts to reach the affected area. Continue... 

BBC News – Tariq Aziz, Iraqi ex-minister, sentenced to death

BBC News – Tariq Aziz, Iraqi ex-minister, sentenced to death

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Tariq Aziz’s son, Ziad, said his father is a victim Tariq Aziz, for many years the international face of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has been sentenced to death by the Iraqi Supreme Court. He was convicted in connection with the persecution of religious parties, a statement said. Aziz, 74, served as foreign minister and... 

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