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New York shuts down as snowstorm blasts US

NEW YORK — A huge snowstorm slammed into northeastern US late Monday, shutting down public transport, cancelling thousands of flights and leaving roads and streets deserted as snow blanketed an area that’s home to tens of millions of people. Authorities ordered drivers off the streets in New York and other…
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Survivors return to Auschwitz, as leaders warn on anti-Semitism

OSWIECIM, Poland -- Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, ageing survivors and dignitaries gather at the site synonymous with the Holocaust on Tuesday to honor victims and sound the alarm over a fresh wave of anti-Semitism. On the eve of the landmark event, which is expected to draw several…
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Japan right-wingers take paper to court

Over 10,000 sue Asahi Shimbun over sex slavery reportsTOKYO -- More than 10,000 people are suing Japan’s leading liberal newspaper over stories on Tokyo’s system of wartime sex slavery, which they say have stained their reputation as Japanese nationals. The move is the latest salvo in the battle over Japan’s…
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Obama begins 2nd visit to ‘natural partner’ India

NEW DELHI -- Barack Obama on Sunday began an unprecedented second visit to India by a serving US president, aiming to consolidate what he has called one of the “defining partnerships of the 21st century”. Obama will be the first US president to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day…
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Survivors, royalty, presidents mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on

WARSAW -- Seventy years after it was liberated, 300 Auschwitz survivors — most now in their nineties — will on Tuesday return to the former Nazi death camp, the site of the largest single number of murders committed during World War II. Between 1940-45 some 1.1 million people, including one…
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