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Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a profound diplomatic crisis.

WTO questions China curbs

China’s curbs on exports of some raw materials to conserve resources may not meet the stated goals while giving Chinese manufacturers an unfair advantage, the World Trade Organisation said on Monday.

Global outcry as Israel storms aid ships, killing 10

Israeli marines stormed a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza on Monday and 10 pro-Palestinian activists were killed, triggering a diplomatic crisis and plans for an emergency UN Security Council sessions

Afghan suspends 2 Christian aid groups

The Afghanistan government has suspended the activities of two Western aid groups on suspicion of proselytising, an official said on Monday.

Afghans seek peace in traditional style

At the bottom of a hill on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, billboards display pictures of past Afghan rulers with captions extolling how they resolved critical national issues at various times by

‘Afghans hit by mistake’

The US military acknowledged on Saturday killing 23 civilians and wounding 12 others earlier this year after mistaking them for a convoy of Taliban insurgents. The US report into the incident, which happened in Uruzgan, said the crew of a remote-controlled drone aircraft had “provided inaccurate reporting” ahead of the incident and local command posts “failed to properly analyse the situation”.

Taliban fighters seize district in east Afghan

Taliban insurgents overran a remote district in eastern Afghanistan after days of heavy fighting in the area, a provincial police official said on Saturday.
The insurgents hoisted their flag in the district centre, which they also seized briefly in 2009, after forcing police to retreat, Afghan provincial officials and the Taliban said. T

Brazil goalie blasts balls


Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar is horrified by the ball which will be used at the World Cup, likening it to a cheap one bought from the supermarket.
“It’s terrible, horrible,” said the Inter Milan player, widely considered to be the world’s top goalkeeper. “It’s like one of those balls you buy in the supermarket.”

Serena survives, Gabashvili shocks Roddick


Serena Williams pulled through with the aid of a doctor at the French Open on Saturday but there was no reviving Andy Roddick as he packed up his kit bag and headed off to find some grasscourts.

Food inflation slows, rates steady

India’s food inflation rate slackened in mid-May, after picking up pace for two weeks, giving the Reserve Bank more leeway to hold rates until its July review and gauge the impact of euro zone debt woes on the domestic economy.

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