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Water scare in China city after toxic leak
China confirmed today that an explosion at a petrochemical plant had caused “major pollution” of a river which has led authorities to shut off water supplies in one of its biggest cities for at least four days. ...  | Read.. 
 
Pentagon plans Iraq troops cut in 2006
Barring any major surprises in Iraq, the Pentagon tentatively plans to reduce the number of US forces there early next year by as many as three combat brigades, from 18 n ...  | Read.. 
 
Russian MPs act to ‘curb’ NGOs
Russia took a step towards curbing the activities of foreign human rights bodies and charities today when parliament backed a draft law that will assert tight state supervisi ...  | Read.. 
 
Iranian President suffers new rebuff
Iran’s parliamentarians threw out President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s third nominee for oil minister today, blowing the world’s fourth biggest crude producer into ...  | Read.. 
 
Historian in Holocaust dock
British historian David Irving, known for his controversial views on World War II, has been charged with denying the Holocaust, a criminal offence in Austria, a state prosecu ...  | Read.. 
 
Vatican bar on gay priests
Practising homosexuals should be barred from entering the Roman Catholic priesthood, the Vatican says, taking a strict line on the place of gays in the clergy, an issue that ...  | Read.. 
 
A barmaid fills a glass with a pint of beer in a London pub. About one third of all the pubs, clubs and shops in England and Wales licensed to sell al ...  | Read
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Clooney: West Asia thriller was torture
In a gripping sequence from his West Asian thriller Syriana, George Clooney is tortured and ..  | Read.. 
Salma to bring sizzle to peace concert
Oscar-nominated actress Salma Hayek will host this year’s Nobel Peace Prize concert in honour ..  | Read.. 
 
Pinochet charged with fraud
Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was charged today ...  | Read.. 

Liberia’s Iron Lady takes charge
Liberia’s former finance minister Ellen Johnson-Sirlea ...  | Read..