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Over 26,000 displaced by Myanmar unrest: UN

SITTWE: Homeless people fled to packed camps or clustered close to their charred houses in western Myanmar on Sunday, after deadly unrest that the United Nations (UN) said displaced 26,500 from mainly Muslim communities.

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Al-Qaeda forms Burkha Brigade to hit western targets

LONDON:  Al-Qaeda has formed an all-female ‘Burkha Brigade’ whose cadres are being trained to infiltrate and hit military bases and official buildings in the western nations as they are less likely to attract suspicion than men.

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Australia unveils ambitious Asia strategy

MELBOURNE: Declaring that Asia's rise is "unstoppable", Australia today unveiled an ambitious plan aimed at forging deeper links with India and other booming economies of the region, including through teaching languages like Hindi and Mandarin in its schools.

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Iraq tightens security after bloody day

BAGHDAD: Bombings near Baghdad on Sunday killed two people despite tighter security a day after attacks mostly against Shiites during the Eid holiday killed 31 people in Iraq's deadliest day this month.

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Low calcium linked to excessive hormone in women

WASHINGTON: Overactive glands secrete excessive parathyroid hormone, resulting in weak bones, fractures and kidney stones, one which may also be linked with higher high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke risks.

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Silvio Berlusconi threatens to withdraw support from govt

ROME: Former Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi lashed out at Mario Monti’s government and threatened to withdraw support from the government as he considers Monti's fiscal reforms counterproductive, as per reports.

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Hurricane Sandy kills 41 in Caribbean, targets US

NASSAU: Hurricane Sandy, a late-season Atlantic storm unlike anything seen in more than two decades, slogged slowly toward the US East Coast after killing at least 41 people as it cut across the Caribbean.

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Iraq Eid attacks kill 15

BAGHDAD: Attacks mostly targeting Shiite Muslims during the Eid al-Adha holiday, including bombings of a marketplace and a minibus carrying pilgrims, killed 15 people in Iraq Saturday.

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Nicknames in ransom note help police nab baby Saanvi’s killer

WASHINGTON: For US $50,000, a 26-year-old software engineer from Andhra Pradesh kidnapped and killed his family friend’s 10-month-old baby Saanvi, whose body he stuffed in a suitcase, but nicknames used by him in the ransom note provided critical clues that helped police nab him.

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