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CIA identified key London bomber, claims book

DEMANDS for an independent inquiry into the July 7 London suicide attacks were stepped up tonight after claims that the CIA identified the leader of the bombers as a terrorist threat two years before the strikes on London.

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Saddam faces death penalty

THE prosecution yesterday asked for the death penalty against former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and two of his co-defendants.

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US soldiers charged with deaths of prisoners

THE US Army has charged three soldiers in connection with the murders of three Iraqi men who were in military custody in Iraq in early May, the military said yesterday.

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US Episcopal Church appoints first female bishop

AMERICA'S Episcopal Church has elected Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as the presiding bishop of the denomination, making her the first woman to lead any church in the global Anglican Communion.

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UN Human Rights Council offers a 'great new chance'

THE UN launched its new Human Rights Council yesterday, saying that it offers a "great new chance" for the United Nations to renew its struggle for global human rights.

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Vote brings commercial whaling move a step closer

THE International Whaling Commission (IWC) has entered unknown territory after a majority of members resolved to overturn the moratorium on commercial whaling.

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World protests at continued arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi

A LONE man who staged a protest in Burma's main city of Rangoon was detained by police yesterday as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi marked her 61st birthday, alone and under house arrest by the military government.

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EU mechanism could restore funding to Palestinians

ALLOWANCES to Palestinian health workers and funds for essential utilities could begin to flow from next month under a new mechanism developed by the European Union.

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Cousins weigh up life without a stomach

CALIFORNIAN Mike Slabaugh does not have a stomach — and neither do his 10 US cousins.

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Vote brings commercial whaling move a step closer

THE International Whaling Commission (IWC) has entered unknown territory after a majority of members resolved to overturn the moratorium on commercial whaling.

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Embryo test to screen for genetic disease

A MAJOR new embryo screening advance could allow many more couples to avoid passing inherited disorders on to their children.

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North Korea missile threat provocative, warns US

NORTH Korea has apparently finished loading fuel into a long-range ballistic missile, Bush administration officials said yesterday as signs continued that the reclusive communist state will soon test a weapon that could reach the US.

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NY museum pays over €100m for Klimt portrait

AN oil and gold-encrusted portrait by Gustav Klimt has been purchased for a record-breaking amount by a New York museum.

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