Archive For September 2008

Actress Beart, director defend new tsunami film

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French actress Emmanuelle Beart and the Belgian director of her latest movie have defended “Vinyan”, amid concerns that the film which opens with the 2004 tsunami may be insensitive to people affected by the tragedy.

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Russia’s Putin saves TV crew from Siberian tiger

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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was feted by Russian media on Sunday for saving a television crew from an attack by a Siberian tiger in the wilds of the Far East.

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S.Korea steps up defense of disputed islets

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On a South Korean coast guard patrol ship chugging towards desolate islands at the centre of a bitter territorial row with Japan, academics and officials vow to repel any Japanese claim to the lonely outcrops.

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Three million displaced in India floods

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Authorities struggling to provide aid after devastating floods in eastern India said on Sunday they needed more boats and rescuers to help hundreds of thousands of people still marooned in remote villages.

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China quake damages more than 180,000 homes, 27 dead

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An earthquake that hit southwest China’s Sichuan and Yunnan provinces has killed 27 people, damaged or destroyed more than 180,000 homes and affected at least 800,000 residents, state media said on Sunday.

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Over 150,000 march in Mexico against crime

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More than 150,000 Mexicans dressed in white marched on Saturday to protest a wave of kidnappings and gruesome murders, putting pressure on President Felipe Calderon to meet his promises to crack down on crime.

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Cheney’s Georgia trip brings message to Russia

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Vice President Dick Cheney, one of Moscow’s harshest critics, will go to Georgia and other former Soviet states this week to reinforce U.S. support for allies in Russia’s backyard.

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Storm Hanna, off Florida, keeps experts guessing

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While powerful Hurricane Gustav bore down on the U.S. Gulf Coast on Sunday, Tropical Storm Hanna swirled east of Florida, embedded in a complicated climatic environment that made it impossible to forecast its destination and likely strength.

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Iraq “surge” followed sharp internal debate: report

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President George W. Bush’s decision to mount a troop “surge” in Iraq last year was taken against the initial recommendations of his top advisers, including his field commander, The New York Times reported in Sunday editions.

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U.S. Gulf oil output at a trickle ahead of Gustav

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U.S. energy companies shut nearly all offshore oil production and were racing to bring down flood-prone Louisiana refineries on Sunday ahead of Hurricane Gustav’s landfall, which could rival the wrath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

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