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Vietnam fights floods after typhoon, toll hits 40
30 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Nguyen Van Vinh HOI AN, Vietnam (Reuters) - Vietnam's central provinces battled the biggest floods in decades on Wednesday caused by a powerful typhoon that swept into the country after wreaking havoc in the Philippines. Government reports said torrential rains from Typhoon Ketsana, which swept into Vietnam late on Tuesday, killed 40 people and left 10 missing from floods and land ...


Suicide bomber kills American in Afghanistan
30 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber rammed a car into a military convoy of foreign forces in southeastern Afghanistan Wednesday, killing one American, officials said. The attack occurred as the convoy crossed a bridge in the Mandozai district of Khost province, bordering Pakistan, district chief Wali Shah said. "One of the cars belonging to the troops is on fire and there ...


Iran says to enter Geneva talks with good intentions
30 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Hossein Jaseb TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is entering talks with six world powers this week with good intentions, the Islamic Republic's chief nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday as he left Tehran for the one-day meeting in Geneva. Saeed Jalili, echoing comments by other Iranian officials in the run-up to Thursday's discussions -- the first since U.S. President Barack Obama took offi ...


More Saudi help needed on terror finance: U.S. report
30 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Andrew Quinn WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's drive to disrupt al Qaeda financing networks should be more strictly enforced while Yemen is emerging as a new base for terror groups plotting against U.S. and Saudi interests, a U.S. government watchdog report said on Tuesday. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) said Saudi Arabia has made progress in the fight against terroris ...


U.S. political fundraiser Hsu sentenced to 24 years
30 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former U.S. Democratic Party fundraiser whose 2007 arrest prompted Hillary Clinton to return $850,000 in campaign contributions was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison on Tuesday. Hong Kong-born Norman Hsu, 58, was convicted in May by a jury in federal court in New York of violating election laws by making donations to political campaigns in other people's names ...


Ex-U.S. military officials press to close Guantanamo
30 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top former U.S. military officials are lobbying for U.S. President Barack Obama to advance plans to close the controversial military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Working with the human rights group Human Rights First, more than a dozen former U.S. military officials are meeting this week with top Obama officials including Attorney General  ...


Samoa tsunami toll may exceed 100, hundreds injured
30 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - A series of tsunamis smashed into the Pacific island nations of American and Western Samoa killing possibly more than 100 people, destroying villages and injuring hundreds, officials said on Wednesday. A Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued after a huge 8.0 magnitude undersea quake off American Samoa, with reports of a small tsunami reaching New ...


Polanski appeals against extradition over sex case
29 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Emma Thomasson ZURICH (Reuters) - Lawyers for Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski lodged an appeal with a Swiss court on Tuesday against his arrest on a U.S. extradition warrant to face sentence over having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. The Swiss Federal Penal Court said in a brief statement on its website that it would make a decision on the appeal within the "next  ...


Suspected U.S. drone attack kills five in Pakistan
29 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suspected U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles Tuesday at a Taliban commander's house in Pakistan's South Waziristan region, killing five militants, intelligence officials said. The strike took place about 60 km (40 miles) northeast of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, the Pakistani officials said. South Waziristan is on the Afghan border and a sanc ...


After 60 years, China's Communists mean business
29 Sep 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Lucy Hornby BEIJING (Reuters) - Shortly after the Communist Party took power in China, capitalists in Shanghai paraded through the streets with drums and flags, asking the Party to take over their businesses. On Thursday, the Party will celebrate the 60th year of its rule over mainland China, having mostly abandoned its Marxist ideals for "socialism with Chinese characteristics" - ...


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