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On Pennsylvania Avenue, a bit of magic
WASHINGTON: The peaceful transfer of power that will take place at the Capitol on Inauguration Day is, to many, a miracle of American democracy. But down at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, another sort of miracle will occur: Moving Day. ...

A nation of diverse faiths: Obama
Washington: U.S. President Barack Obama has said America is now a nation of “Christians, Muslims, Jews and Hindus”. “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians ...

Indian-Americans in key posts
Washington: Hours before his inauguration, Barack Obama appointed two leading Indian-American lawyers — Neal Kumar Katyal and Preeta Bansal — to key posts. Neal Kumar Katyal’s appointment to the post of Principal Deputy ...

Obama reaches out to Muslims
Washington: Barack Obama, who was on Tuesday sworn in as the 44th U.S. president, used his inaugural speech to reach out to the Muslim community across the world. “To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual ...

Fierce clashes in Mullathivu
COLOMBO: The Navy on Tuesday claimed it had destroyed four fast-attack craft of the LTTE off the Mullathivu coast amid reports by the military of fierce clashes in Mullathivu district, the last remaining stronghold of the Tigers. According ...

Russia resumes gas supplies to Europe
MOSCOW: Russia on Tuesday resumed gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine after the two countries signed deals ending a bitter dispute that led to a two-week disruption of shipments to 18 European countries. Gas started flowing to Slovakia, ...

Ban: scene in Gaza heartbreaking
DAMASCUS: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited war-battered Gaza Strip on Tuesday at a time when Arab governments are struggling to establish a suitable mechanism to bring about reconstruction of the coastal Strip and measures ...

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