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Libyan minister defects to the West

LONDON: In the first defection by a key aide of the Libyan leader, Mr Muammar Gaddafi to West, the Foreign Minister, Mr Moussa Koussa arrived unexpectedly in Britain and the Foreign Secretary, Mr William Hague declared that the Libyan regime was “crumbling from within”.

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Japan govt slams TEPCO for ‘unacceptable’ data error

TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: Japanese government today blasted the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant for its “absolutely unacceptable” mistake of giving an extremely high radiation reading, as engineers battled to contain the country’s worst atomic crisis.

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Jordan’s Parliament rejects calls to reduce king’s constitutional power

AMMAN: Jordan’s Lower House has said it absolutely rejects calls see King downgrading constitutional authorities of King Abdullah II.
Stating the king receives his powers from the constitution, the 120-member lower house Sunday said it will work to ensure that the king remains “powerful” to preserve the Jordanian identity and the constitution, Xinhua reported.

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Mexico on alert after H1N1 deaths

CIUDAD JUAREZ (MEXICO):  Authorities in Mexico’s Chihuahua state along the US border have announced preventive health measures to stanch a return of an H1N1 epidemic after four people recently died of the virus.

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Afghan truck explosion kills 20

KABUL: A team of suicide bombers shot their way into the compound of a road construction company in eastern Afghanistan and detonated a truck loaded with explosives, killing 20 people and wounding about 50, the Afghan government said today.

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Pak Premier accepts Manmohan’s invite for World Cup semifinal

ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister, Mr Yousuf Raza Gilani will travel to Mohali to watch the India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final March 30, it was announced on Sunday, following an invitation from the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh who unleashed cricket diplomacy to ease persistent tensions between the two countries.

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Extremely high radiation at Japan’s crippled N-plant

TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: Japanese authorities today detected radioactivity 10 million times higher than normal in water in one of the six reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant forcing evacuation of workers, as the government warned that the crisis was far from over.

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Indian sarpanch, Chhavi Rajawat dazzles at UN meet

UNITED NATIONS: There was a sense of disbelief among ministers and ambassadors from diverse nations when the chairperson of the 11th Info-Poverty World Conference held at the United Nations introduced the jeans-clad Ms Chhavi Rajawat as head of a village in India.

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