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Cyclone-hit Bangladesh steps up rescue efforts

RELIEF workers and the Bangladesh military yesterday reached the last remaining pockets of the country devastated by a cyclone that killed nearly 3,500 people along the Bay of Bengal.

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This little piggy takes refuge in toilet paper

A PIGLET nicknamed Andrex is recovering after being found in the back of a truck full of toilet paper at a supermarket.

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Retreat not an option, says defiant Sarkozy

SCHOOLS closed, flights were delayed, trains again weren't running, and newspapers weren't printed as civil servants joined transport workers in strikes yesterday to challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy's programme of sweeping reform for France.

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Millions of bank details missing

COMPUTER disks holding sensitive personal data on 25 million people and 7.25 million families have gone missing, British Chancellor Alistair Darling has admitted to MPs.

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Dalai Lama may appoint successor or allow election

THE Dalai Lama says he may appoint a successor, or rely on an election before his death in a break with tradition, a newspaper reported yesterday, following recent orders that China must approve Tibet's spiritual leaders.

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UN cuts estimate for global HIV infections

THE United Nations yesterday sharply reduced its estimate for the number of people worldwide infected with the AIDS virus, citing a significant reassessment of HIV prevalence in India.

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Embalming of Princess Diana 'regretted'

THE man who embalmed Diana, Princess of Wales, yesterday said he regretted not waiting to get the official written go-ahead.

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Band sues over 'stolen' signature tune

THE Red Hot Chili Peppers have sued a TV network over the name of the television series "Californication," which is also the name of the band's 1999 album and single.

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Diamond finally reveals inspiration for Sweet Caroline

NEIL DIAMOND held onto the secret for decades, but he has finally revealed that President Kennedy's daughter was the inspiration for his smash hit Sweet Caroline.

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Grey and frail, ex Khmer Rouge prison chief bids for bail

A GAUNT former schoolteacher who once ran a notorious torture centre for Cambodia's Khmer Rouge made his first public courtroom appearance yesterday, evoking curiosity and anger as he stood before judges of a UN-assisted genocide tribunal.

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Pakistan releases 3,000 jailed protestors

MORE than 3,000 people jailed under emergency rule have been released in Pakistan, the latest sign that President General Pervez Musharraf was rolling back some of the harsher measures taken against his opponents.

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Israeli PM talks up prospects of Palestinian deal during 2008

ISRAELI Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reached out to reluctant Arab nations yesterday for their support of an upcoming US-brokered Middle East peace conference, saying a peace deal with the Palestinians could be reached in 2008.

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Failed London suicide plot bomber jailed for 33 years

THE fifth July 21 bomber, who was a "trusted and major participant" in the failed suicide plot to attack London's transport network, was jailed for 33 years yesterday.

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