World Watch

Looters canvas devastated Chile

Hundreds of looters have been detained in earthquake-hit Chile, where troops have been forced to fire tear gas to stop mobs from pillaging shops and homes.

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Amazing Grace

Grace Coddington, revered fashion icon and the unexpected star of ‘
The September Issue’, grants a rare interview, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Blair’s depressive state

Tony Blair was so depressed after the Iraq war that the then-British premier told Gordon Brown he would quit the following summer, only to renege on his pledge, a British newspaper report says, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Curfew imposed amid quake chaos

The Chilean Government has imposed a curfew on some of the areas worst affected by Saturday’s devastating earthquake, as the official death toll stretches beyond 700.

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Are charity hospitals the only hope for India’s poor?

Charitable medical facilities are often the only alternative to government-funded healthcare system that is overstretched and lags behind India’s booming economy, reports MiNDFOOD.

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The mounting cost of Spain’s new illegal underclass

Although acting as a safety net for migrants banned from legal jobs, Spain’s black economy reinforces barriers between recent arrivals and native Spaniards, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Australian PM demands answers from Israel

Australian PM Kevin Rudd has vowed to “get to the bottom” of how suspected Mossad assassins used Australian passports to travel to Dubai to kill a top Hamas commander, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Millennials: tattooed, plugged in, open minded

If you sport a tattoo, rooted for Barack Obama, and have a profile on a social networking site, then chances are you can identify with the newly dubbed “Millennial” generation, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Chavez warns Queen over Falklands rivalry

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has taken aim at Queen Elizabeth as a new row over Britain’s ownership of the Falkland Islands gathers pace, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Death toll rises on flood-hit Madeira

Emergency workers on the Portuguese island of Madeira are working through the night to search for survivors of Saturday’s storm that triggered flash flooding and landslides, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Warnings sound as hope turns to hate in US

Is the Tea Party movement the beginning of “white minority politics” in the United States? MiNDFOOD reports.

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Vancouver’s Games in danger of sinking

Mutterings of ‘Worst Games Ever’ surfaced by day four and with 13 days left organisers are desperate to turn around growing frustration among Olympic spectators, reports MiNDFOOD.

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‘Sloppy’ Key to sell uranium shares

NZ Prime Minister, John Key, has admitted to being “sloppy” after it was revealed he owns shares in an Australian mining company which has uranium interests, despite the country’s anti-nuclear stance, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Debate over GM eggplant consumes India

Debate over GM eggplant consumes India

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Tonga cleans up after cyclone

There has been extensive damage in Tonga after the Pacific Island nation was battered by Cyclone Rene overnight, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Bombed cafe a ‘soft target’

India is on high alert after a weekend bomb blast targeted a popular tourist cafe in the western city of Pune, killing nine and injuring dozens.

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Olympics host Vancouver ranked world’s most liveable city

Vancouver has again topped a list of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, giving the Canadian west coast city an extra boost as it opens the 2010 Winter Olympics, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Adventurers back for more in wilds of Chile

60 international athletes compete on bikes, kayaks and foot over more than 600kms of pristine wilderness in southern Chile in one of the toughest races in the world, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Britain launches green power labelling

Britain has launched a scheme to certify and label electricity produced by green means to assist consumers and small businesses choosing suppliers doing more to cut carbon emissions.

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Hollywood makeover

Hoping to prevent the famed view of the Hollywood sign from being spoiled by development, a group are aiming to raise US$5 million to buy a nearby hilltop peak once owned by billionaire Howard Hughes.

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Funk police: Mayor cracks down on Carnival music

A mayor of a Brazilian town has banned Carnival revellers from playing funk or rap music during the traditionally free-wheeling celebrations that kicked off around the country on February 12.

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Money dominates Chinese New Year

For many Chinese, the Year of the Tiger promises to roar in more economic prowess and global clout for their country, but couples planning to get married are better off waiting until 2011.

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Protest plans cloud Winter Olympic spirit

The excitement of the Vancouver Olympics starts to pale the minute you leave the airport and the economic recession becomes obvious, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Victory is about more than football

After a halting recovery from Katrina, the Saints offer New Orleans a chance to close a grim chapter in its history and embrace the spirit of a winner.reports MiNDFOOD.

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