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Olympian Carl Lewis barred from US state poll race

NEW YORK: New Jersey election authorities have decided that retired track and field star Carl Lewis, winner of nine Olympic gold medals, does not meet the residency requirement to run for the state Senate in this year’s elections.

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200 quit Syria’s ruling party to protest crackdown

BEIRUT: More than 200 members have quit Syria’s ruling Baath party in the southern province at the epicentre of the country’s uprising to protest President Mr Bashar Assad’s brutal crackdown on opponents, a human rights activist said Thursday.

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Afghan officer kills NATO forces

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: A veteran Afghan military officer opened fire on foreign forces Wednesday after a dispute at the Kabul airport, killing several NATO troops, Afghan and coalition officials said.

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Mauritius seeks Indian support in combating piracy

PORT LOUIS: Lauding India’s role in combating piracy on high seas, the Mauritian Premier, Mr Navinchandra Ramgoolam has said the two countries should continue to work together in responding to maritime security threats and ensuring safety of their sea lanes, the arteries of their trade with the world.

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Toxic water level increases in Japan’s crippled N-plant

TOKYO/FUKUSHIMA: The embattled operator of Japan’s radiation-leaking Fukushima nuclear complex today said the level of toxic water in two of the six reactors of the plant has risen, which is hampering the critical work of restoring its cooling functions.

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Coalition partner wants diplomatic offensive against UN report

COLOMBO: As the UN released a report on the last phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka, a partner of the ruling coalition demanded a diplomatic offensive to shore up international support against the report while the main opposition appointed a retired civil servant to study it.

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Pak naval bus attacks kill 4 in Karachi

KARACHI: Bomb attacks hit two buses carrying Pakistani navy officials in Karachi, killing four people in the latest sign of rampant insecurity in a nation key to US hopes of quashing the Taliban.

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Nearly 500 Taliban flee in daring Afghan jailbreak

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN: Almost 500 Taliban prisoners escaped through a tunnel in an audacious overnight jailbreak in south Afghanistan which the president’s office on Monday called a security “disaster”.

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