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Hints at settlement compromise

ISRAEL'S defence minister says a slowdown in West Bank settlement construction is unlikely to continue in its current form after it expires at the end of this month.

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Vatican may appeal to Iran over stoning verdict

THE Vatican raised the possibility yesterday of using behind-the-scenes diplomacy to try to save the life of an Iranian widow sentenced to be stoned for adultery.

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Storms to hit New Zealand after quake

NEW Zealand prepared for further destruction as after shocks and an approaching storm threatened an area hit by the most devastating earthquake in decades.

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12 die in Iraq suicide attack

SUICIDE bombers struck at a Baghdad military headquarters yesterday, killing 12 people.

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Russian suicide blast kills three

A SUICIDE car-bomber killed three soldiers and wounded 32 others in an attack on a military base in Russia's violence-plagued republic of Dagestan yesterday, officials said.

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Climate change 'prevents bees from pollinating'

CLIMATE change may be preventing bees from carrying out pollination by upsetting their life cycles, a study has shown.

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Mudslides on highway claim at least 28 lives in Guatemala

TORRENTIAL rains from a tropical depression caused mudslides that have killed at least 28 people in Guatemala.

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Probe into Gulf spill advances

INVESTIGATORS looking into what went wrong in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are a step closer to answers now that a key piece of evidence is secure aboard a ship.

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Rooney faces fresh allegations over sex with prostitutes

CHILDHOOD sweethearts Wayne and Coleen Rooney were facing allegations about the footballer's private life yesterday.

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Money being used as an excuse by EU states to discriminate

ROMA, gypsies, Muslims and gays promise to divert some of the attention from Europe's see-sawing economic predicament this autumn.

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Caffeine boost for athletes can be psychological

TRICKING people into thinking they have been given caffeine before a workout actually makes them train harder, research suggests.

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Blair and Brown accused of underfunding army

THE former head of the British Army has accused former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown of forcing the military to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan without adequate funding.

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Chilean miners mark first month trapped underground

CHILEAN miners trapped deep below ground marked a grim milestone yesterday – a full month since a cave-in cut off their escape route to the surface.

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ETA declares ceasefire after a 42-year campaign

BASQUE separatist group ETA declared a ceasefire yesterday in its bloody 42-year campaign for a homeland independent of Spain, vowing to give up guns and bombs to seek a democratic solution.

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