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Palestinians hope for dawn of democracy
HEBRON (WEST BANK), JAN. 8. Sunday's election to find a successor to Yasser Arafat has the potential to usher in the Arab world's first genuine democracy — a peaceful transfer of power that will augur well for the dream of a Palestinian ...

Tsunami toll crosses 1.5 lakhs
BANDA ACEH, JAN. 8.The official death toll from the Asian tsunami climbed past 150,000 on Saturday, as Indonesian authorities increased their tally by nearly 3,000 while adding tens of thousands to their count of the number left homeless from the ...

Pentagon orders review of Iraq strategy
WASHINGTON, JAN. 8.The Pentagon has ordered a comprehensive review of its Iraq strategy in the face of mounting casualties and an increasing strain on the U.S. army and its reserve ranks, it was reported yesterday. A retired four-star General, ...

Probe finds sexual abuse by U.N. forces
UNITED NATIONS, JAN. 8.U.N. peacekeepers in Congo sexually abused and exploited women and girls, some as young as 13, according to a report released by a U.N. watchdog agency on Friday. Peacekeepers regularly had sex with Congolese women and ...

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Padma Lakshmi chips in
LONDON, JAN. 8.Actor and model Padma Lakshmi, wife of the writer Salman Rushdie, was among those who undertook relief work for the tsunami victims. "Salman and I were staying with my family in Chennai when the tsunami struck," Lakshmi told ...

`India yet to endorse new dates for SAARC summit'
ISLAMABAD, JAN. 8. Pakistan has claimed that all the member-countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) except India have endorsed February 7 to 9 as the new dates for the grouping's Dhaka summit. It was ...

Baglihar: Pakistan may approach World Bank
ISLAMABAD, JAN. 8. Pakistan is expected to make a formal decision in the next few days on approaching the World Bank for arbitration on the dispute over the construction of the Baglihar hydro-electric project by India. According to the ...



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