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Venezuela's Chavez assures backers: 'I will live'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez isn't naming a substitute as he prepares to head to Cuba for surgery to remove a potentially cancerous tumour, and he assured supporters on Friday that he will be arou

Italy: Divers find 8 more bodies in ship wreckage


Divers searching the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship off a Tuscan island found eight bodies on Wednesday on one of the passenger decks, including that of a missing 5-year-old Italian girl, author

Venezuela's Chavez says his cancer is likely back


Venezuela President Hugo Chavez has raised serious doubts about whether he'll have the stamina for a successful re-election bid, revealing that he needs to return to Cuba to have a lesion removed that

Monitoring of Muslim students sparks outrage

Yale University is objecting to the monitoring of Muslim student association websites by the New York Police Department, while Muslim leaders call for investigations and student groups at Rutgers Univ

4 die in military crash near US base in Africa

The US military says an American reconnaissance plane crashed 10 kilometres from the only US base in Africa, killing four service members on board.

A military statement on Monday said that the crash

Guns and Androids: Pakistan air force making iPads


Inside a high-security air force complex that builds jet fighters and weapons systems, Pakistan's military is working on the latest addition to its sprawling commercial empire: a home-grown version of

Lawyers: Cocaine on capsized cruise captain's hair


Lawyers for survivors of the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship on Saturday pressed for new drug tests on the ship's captain after traces of cocaine were reportedly found on the outside of a hair sa

UN rights chief deplores Syria crackdown

The UN human rights chief has decried Syria's escalating crackdown on civilian protesters and warned that the Security Council's failure to take action has emboldened the Syrian government to launch a

Car bomb seriously wounds Iraqi police chief

Iraqi officials say a car bomb south of Baghdad has seriously wounded a local police chief.
Police officials say Lt Col Salman Kadhim was badly hurt when the bomb that was hidden in a parked car in t

Chinese dissident sentenced to 7 years over poem

A Chinese court has sentenced a dissident writer to seven years in prison over a poem he wrote urging his countrymen to gather to a public square, a human rights group said today.

The hefty sentence

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