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'Twenty Million Homeless' In Pakistan Floods

Twenty million people are homeless after Pakistan's worst flooding in decades, the country's prime minister has revealed.

Co-pilot Vladimir Putin helps put out Russia's wildfires

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin climbed into a firefighting plane Tuesday and dumped water on two of the hundreds of wildfires sweeping through western Russia and cloaking Moscow in a suffocating smog.

Russia declares state of emergency at Urals nuclear town

Russian authorities on Monday declared a state of emergency in Ozersk, home to major nuclear reprocessing plant Mayak, due to wildfires burning around the Urals town, officials said.

Moscow chokes under a blanket of smog as wildfires rage out of control in Russian heatwave

These eerie pictures show the city of Moscow shrouded in dense smog today as wildfires that have killed 50 people nationwide continue to burn. Flights at international airports have been grounded and visibility in the capital is down to a few doze...

Me and my heavies: Michelle Obama goes walkabout in Marbella after 'racist' Spaniards gaff

The Obama administration faced an embarrassing diplomatic blunder today after it was forced to pull a warning about racism in Spain - just as the First Lady arrived in the country for a summer holiday.

Wildfires Kill 40 Russians; 58 People Drown as Record Heat Wave Continues

Forty Russians have died to date as wildfires rage in central Russia, while 58 drowned in the last 24 hours trying to escape a heat wave that has scorched crops and driven grain prices higher.

Nicolas Sarkozy

Footage of French police using apparently excessive force while breaking up an immigrant squat has prompted outrage as activists and intellectuals accuse Nicolas Sarkozy of pursuing policies that target the vulnerable while giving free reign to th...


A government official says all 152 people on board a plane that crashed in the hills surrounding Pakistan's capital were killed.

Authorities Blame Organizer for Deadly Love Parade

German state authorities on Wednesday accused the organizer of last weekend's Love Parade techno festival of major security breaches which may have led to the crush that killed 21 people and injured more than 500.

Japanese tanker damaged off Oman, cause unclear

Saleh Shaibany and Osamu Tsukimori Yahoo! News 29.07.2010
Japanese tanker damaged off Oman, cause unclear

A Japanese oil tanker damaged in an explosion in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important shipping lanes, was being diverted to a port in the UAE on Wednesday.

German police say warnings not heeded on Love Parade

Erol Dogrudogan Alertnet 27.07.2010
German police say warnings not heeded on Love Parade

Police warnings about the dangers of holding the Love Parade in the German city of Duisburg were not heeded, the police union chief said with the nation in shock over 19 deaths in a stampede at the event.

Michelle Obama, daughter Sasha to vacation in Spain

US First Lady Michelle Obama and one of her two daughters will take a summer break in Spain, a White House source said Monday.

19 dead in Love Parade stampede [PHOTO/VIDEO]

Eighteen people have been killed in Germany during the country’s annual “Love Parade”, held this year in the former industrial Ruhr city of Duisburg.

US wanted to 'swap Iranian scientist for hikers'

An Iranian scientist, who returned home last week charging he had been held by US agents for more than a year, has said that they had pressed him to agree to be exchanged in a "spy" swap for three US hikers in custody in Tehran.

Argentina mulls granting gay marriage amid protest

A deeply divided Argentine senate battled on Wednesday over a same-sex marriage bill that, if passed, would make Argentina the first South American country to allow gay couples to marry.

Iranian nuclear scientist returns home to a hero's welcome

Thomas Erdbrink and Greg Miller The Washington Post 15.07.2010
Iranian nuclear scientist returns home to a hero's welcome

An Iranian nuclear scientist at the center of a bizarre espionage drama arrived here to a hero's welcome Thursday morning, including a personal greeting from several senior government officials.

Iran Launches Holy War on Haircuts

LARA SETRAKIAN ABC News 07.07.2010
Iran Launches Holy War on Haircuts

It's something like a holy war on haircuts. Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has issued a directive banning 'decadent' hairstyles for men, restricting barber shops to only certain kinds of cuts. The primary target: spiky, gelled hai...

Venezuela slum takes socialism beyond Chavez

Esteban Israel Alertnet 06.07.2010
Venezuela slum takes socialism beyond Chavez

While President Hugo Chavez struggles to revive the battered bolivar, in a hillside slum overlooking his palace, die-hard supporters are talking about getting rid of the Venezuelan currency altogether.

South African lesbians find refuge in football

On the dusty field where Tshidiso Mofokeng's football team plays, she tries to forget how she was violently beaten the week before for being a lesbian in South Africa's townships.

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs

The USA continues to uncover its communist hidden agenda: it started long ego, deep and hidden (the privatization of the Federal Reserve far away from any transparency), continued with public wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to serve private pockets a...

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