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UN Council calls meet over raid

The United Nations Security Council will meet on Monday afternoon for an emergency session to discuss Israel’s storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Security Council diplomats said.

Friends, foes condemn Israel’s action

Israel’s storming of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla set off a diplomatic furore, drawing criticism from friends and foes alike and straining ties with regional ally Turkey, which called off planned joint m



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.

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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