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Pakistan mourns massacred pupils

Wounded boy played dead to escape being shot again PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Pakistan began three days of mourning Wednesday for the 132 children and nine school staff massacred by the Taliban in the country’s deadliest ever terror attack, as the world united in revulsion. The 141 people were killed when…

Abbott vows transparent probe into Sydney siege

SYDNEY -- Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday vowed a transparent probe into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance as security was stepped up after a fatal cafe siege, to reassure those “with fear in their eyes.” Iranian-born Man Haron Monis, 50, had a history of extremism…
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Journalists face grimmer hazards

66 journalists killed in past year as attacks grow more barbaric PARIS -- Attacks on journalists have grown more barbaric and kidnappings have soared, Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday, after a year when violence against the media took center stage and 66 reporters were killed. The beheading of James Foley…
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Australia mourns after tragic end to cafe siege

SYDNEY -- Grieving Australians on Tuesday eulogized the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. Emotions were raw as Australia awoke to the news that two hostages were killed when the day-long siege…

Antibiotics cause young mom to burn from inside out

A YOUNG mother is in intensive care after having a rare but serious reaction to a friend’s prescription antibiotics that caused her to “burn” from the inside out. Yassmeen Castanada, 19, wasn’t feeling well on Thanksgiving, so she took a pill that her friend had left over from a previous…
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