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Hunt for survivors as Indonesian tsunami death toll climbs to 373

Dozens of filled body bags were hauled away from buildings flattened by Indonesia’s volcano-triggered tsunami Monday, as the death toll climbed to 373 and search teams pushed on with the grim hunt for corpses. Rescue teams used their bare hands, diggers and other heavy equipment to haul debris from the stricken area around the Sunda […]

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Mexican governor, senator husband killed in helicopter crash

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican governor and her senator husband were killed on Monday in a helicopter crash near the city of Puebla in central Mexico, the government said, just days after she had taken office following a bitterly contested election. Martha Erika Alonso, a senior opposition figure and governor of the state of […]

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Pope urges people to live simpler lives

Pope Francis on Monday assailed the “insatiable greed” of today’s consumerism, calling on people in his Christmas homily to make “sharing and giving” more a part of their lives. “Mankind became greedy and voracious,” the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics said in an address to thousands of followers in Saint Peter’s Basilica in […]

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Bogus pastor gyps Chavit, is arrested

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur – Police arrested Monday an alleged swindler posing as a preacher after he raked some P350,000 from former Ilocos Sur governor now Narvacan town councilor Luis Chavit Singson at his residence in Baluarte, Barangay Salindeg here. Superintendent Jugith Del Prado, Vigan City police chief, said that at about 5:30 p.m. Monday […]

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Man finds a $10,000 surprise inside designer bag on subway

NEW YORK (AP) — A Chanel purse left in a Manhattan subway station held a $10,000 surprise for the man who found it. Richard Taverna was at the West 66th Street and Broadway stop earlier this week when he spotted the purse by a platform wall. He tells the West Side Rag online blog that […]

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Donald Trump on Sunday announced he will replace Defense Secretary Jim Mattis with his deputy Patrick Shanahan, speeding up the Pentagon chief’s planned exit days after he quit, citing key policy differences with the US president. Mattis, 68, had said he would leave at the end of February to allow a smooth transition for the […]

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