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Obama walks tightrope

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama’s election as the United States’ first black leader raised hopes that his presidency would serve as a platform for work to bridge the country’s still dangerous racial divides. But, as his cautious response to clashes between protesters and police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson…
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Flights cancelled, diverted as Japan volcano erupts

TOKYO -- Flights in Japan were cancelled or diverted on Thursday to avoid a cloud of ash and smoke spewing from an erupting volcano in the south. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways warned passengers of “a number of cancellations and changed destinations” on routes involving Kumamoto airport because of…
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Manatee rescued from Texas waters

AUTHORITIES in Texas said they are working on a plan to assist an unusual visitor -- the first manatee to visit the Houston area in 19 years. The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy spotted the male manatee swimming up a channel Sunday near Baytown and barriers were put…

Protests rock U.S.

Police warn demonstrators, journalists of arrest FERGUSON, United States -- Protest marches sprang up in cities across the United States on Tuesday, as a huge security operation stifled clashes in Ferguson, the town at the center of the country’s latest racially-charged riots. Violent unrest erupted in the St. Louis suburb…
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Most US HIV cases not under control

WASHINGTON -- As many as 70 percent of people infected with HIV in the United States do not have the virus under control, boosting the risk of transmission, according to a study Tuesday. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the vast majority of 1.2 million infected…
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