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Palace bills through poverty fund

LONDON: A government fund intended to provide subsidized heating to low-income Britons got some interest from an unexpected source: Queen Elizabeth II, who wanted help paying the bills at Buckingham Palace.

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British media mock India for Games disaster

LONDON: From raising issues of child labour to pointing to the “agonisingly inefficient infrastructure”, the British media today launched a scathing attack on the poor preparedness for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) that will begin in New Delhi on October 3.The upcoming Games was given prominent display in all the major newspapers here, with some using photographs to illustrate their point.

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Typhoon kills 54 in China, dozens missing

BEIJING: Floods and landslides from the strongest storm to hit China this year have killed at least 54 people and left dozens missing since it struck earlier this week, officials said Thursday.
 Typhoon Fanapi swamped south China’s Guangdong province after directly hitting the island of Taiwan on Sunday and killing two there.

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Peace Day programme in Medellin

MEDELLIN (COLOMBIA): Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes organised a concert in a violent district of his home city of Medellin, where turf battles among rival gangs have killed more than 1,600 people this year.

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Sushil Koirala elected Nepali Congress president

KATHMANDU: The Veteran Nepali Congress leader, Mr Sushil Koirala was today elected President of the country’s oldest democratic party, defeating his nearest rival and ex-premier, Mr Sher Bahadur Deuba by a margin of 335 votes, shortly before he was admitted to hospital for treatment of pneumonia.

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Pak calls for US intervention in Kashmir

NEW YORK: Pakistan has asked the international community, particularly the US, to intervene in Kashmir in resolving the contentious issue which is central to peace in the region. “The occupation cannot continue. The rights of the Kashmiri people cannot continue to be denied,” the Pakistan Foreign Minister, Mr Shah Mahmood Qureshi said yesterday.

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No easy fixes for Sino-India boundary issue: Nirupama Rao

BOSTON: India and China have “vast differences” over the boundary issue which cannot be resolved in short duration with “easy fixes”, the India’s Foreign Secretary, Ms Nirupama Rao has said, while asserting that it is not a “primary obstacle” in normalisation of bilateral ties.

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