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Critics rave over 'Slumdog Millionaire,' Indian public mixed - 01/29/2009

MUMBAI (AFP) - "Slumdog Millionaire" received rave reviews from Indian critics on Saturday after it went on general release across the country, but got a more mixed response from the public. The...

Queen escaped Australian train assassination plo - 01/29/2009

SYDNEY (AFP) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II escaped possible assassination in Australia nearly 40 years ago when plotters tried to derail her train in mountains near Sydney, a retired detective has...

US-led forces kill 15 militants, Afghans say victims were civilians - 01/26/2009

KABUL (AFP) - US-led coalition forces said Saturday they had killed 15 militants in an operation in eastern Afghanistan, as a NATO soldier and two civilians were killed in separate bomb blasts across...

Indian pilots count on cabin crew to stay awake - 01/26/2009

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian pilots have a new weapon to combat mid-flight fatigue: talking with their cabin crew. India's aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has...

Brazilian model who lost hands, feet to infection dies - 01/24/2009

A 20-year-old Brazilian model who lost her hands and feet to an infection died in hospital Saturday of medical complications, according to a family statement on her website. "It's with great sadness...

700 illegal migrants break out of Italian centre - 01/24/2009

Hundreds of illegal immigrants broke out of their holding centre and staged a dramatic protest against their plight in Italy's Lampedusa island Saturday before returning to the facility. Hundreds of...

Hurricane-force winds kill 12 in Spain, France - 01/24/2009

Hurricane force winds lashed Spain and France Saturday, killing a dozen people, including four children when part of a sports hall collapsed, while nearly two million were left without power....

Senegal clinic leads fight to wipe out leprosy - 01/24/2009

DAKAR (AFP) - Senegal's sole leprosy clinic bears witness to the will of the world's poorest continent to wipe out a disfiguring disease that once struck terror in human hearts and spelt misery and...

Zimbabwe's first lady allegedly hits photographer in HK - 01/21/2009

HONG KONG, (AFP) - A British photographer said Sunday he had been beaten up and punched repeatedly by the wife of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as he was trying to snap photos of her in Hong...

Dozens of bodies found in Gaza rubble as truce punctured - 01/21/2009

GAZA CITY (AFP) - Israeli troops and Hamas fighters traded their first shots on Sunday, puncturing a tenuous truce in Gaza, as dozens of bodies were pulled from the rubble after Israel halted its war...
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