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Record snowfall halts life in Kashmir
105 dead, scores missing
At least 105 people were killed at the weekend with scores missing in Indian Kashmir after the heaviest snowfall in two decades caused avalanches and brought the region to a near-halt, officials saidyesterday.
9 killed in Iraq violence
Militants set free Indonesian journalists
Nine Iraqis have died in a series of attacks in Iraq since Sunday evening, while a journalist, her son, and three men working for the US military have been kidnapped.
Nepali Maoists open fire on convoy
Food prices soar as blockade bites
Nepalese Maoist rebels raked a convoy of vehicles with gunfire, killing a bus driver and injuring nine passengers in the first violence linked to the transport blockade they called to protest at the king's
US Senator Says
Half of Russia nuke materials 'missing'
Half of Russian nuclear material is not accounted for and may have found its way into the hands of plotters against the United States, a US senator with access to classified intelligence charged Sunday.
Israeli cabinet okays Gaza pullout plan
500 Palestinian prisoners freed
Israel freed 500 Palestinian prisoners in a good-will gesture yesterday, a day after the government gave final approval to a pullout from Gaza and a revised route of the West Bank separation barrier that
Bush meets Iraq critics in Europe, calls for unity
President Bush met one of the most outspoken opponents of the Iraq war yesterday at the start of a European tour aimed at overcoming past rifts and building "a new era of transatlantic unity.
Mystery illness shuts Australian airport terminal, 50 infected
One of Australia's main airport terminals was shut down for eight hours yesterday as emergency crews hunted in vain for the cause of a mystery illness which struck down nearly 60 staff and passengersin
India tests medium range missile
India successfully test-fired a medium range surface-to-air missile yesterday from a range on an island off the coast of the eastern state of Orissa, defence sources said.
Myanmar Says
Referendum on constitution to include all
Myanmar Prime Minister Soe Win said yesterday that a convention which is drafting a new constitution for his military-ruled country includes "all strata of society" despite a boycott by the opposition
Chavez says US planning to kill him
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he believes the US government is planning to assassinate him.
"If they kill me, the name of the person responsible is [President] George Bush," Chavez said.

3 killed in blast as Bush, Clinton tour Lanka
Three people were killed and at least 30 injured in a blast at a courthouse in southern Sri Lanka yesterday, police said, as former US presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton toured the region.
Pak FM visits Japan for talks on non-proliferation
Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri arrived in Japan yesterday on a three-day visit for talks expected to touch on nuclear non-proliferation.

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