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Shia cleric returns to Iraq
Thousands of Iraqis thronged near Basra today to welcome a senior Shia cleric back from exile, hours after the US introduced a UN resolution to end sanctions and give Washington and its allies control over Iraqi oil revenues. ...  | Read.. 
 
Congo to probe mid-air mishap
The Congolese military investigated today how the cargo doors of a Russian-built transport plane burst open in mid-flight, catapulting possibly scores of passengers to their ...  | Read.. 
 
Bardot against Islamisation of France
Brigitte Bardot, French former film goddess turned animal rights activist, was quoted today as criticising the “Islamisation of France” in her latest book. ...  | Read.. 
 
Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, leader of Iraq’s biggest Shia group, addresses supporters in Basra on Saturday. (Reuters)
Friendship of Shankar’s girls written in the stars
The daughters of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar — Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar — had their fir..  | Read.. 
China villagers vent ire on city-dwellers
Chinese villagers, increasingly worried about SARS, dumped rotten fish on cars carrying visitors fr..  | Read..