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Mexico City passes 'right to die' law

By IANS

Mexico City : The administration of the capital city of Mexico has passed an ordinance legalising the right to die by terminally ill people.

The law, which allows only withholding of treatment and not medically assisted death of a patient, has come into force from Tuesday only at the government run hospitals in the Mexico City, Spanish news agency EFE reported Wednesday.

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Malaysian VIPs snap up anti-spy devices for bedrooms

By IANS

Kuala Lumpur : The latest must-have among Malaysian politicians, corporate honchos and others anxious to guard their privacy are anti-spy devices, following the resignation of Health Minister Chua Soi Lek who was caught on camera in a sex romp.

After Chua admitted that it was him in the DVDs, anti-spy electronic devices are being sold like hot cakes, especially to people in power, The New Straits Times reported.

The scandal has led to many trying to avoid a similar fate.

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Japan mulls deploying Patriot-3 missiles during G8 summit

By Xinhua

Tokyo : Japan's defence ministry is considering the possibility of deploying Patriot-3 missiles around the venue where the next summit meet of the Group of Eight (G8) most industrialised countries are to be held, media reports said Wednesday.

The missiles could be deployed at bases of the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) around the summit site located beside the Toya Lake of northern Japan's Hokkaido prefecture, the Industrial and Economic News daily reported.

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Portugal wants swift response to climate change

By Xinhua

Lisbon : Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva has called for swift and wide post-Kyoto environment agreements, saying climate change is a serious worldwide menace.

"The planet cannot wait so long for a post-2012 agreement as it did waiting for the Kyoto Protocol," he told a New Year reception for ambassadors at Lisbon's Queluz Palace Tuesday.

"Negotiations for a post-2012 accord must be ambitious and swiftly completed," he said.

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US, South Korea call for early six-party talks on North Korea

By Xinhua

Seoul : South Korean and US negotiators participating in the six-nation talks on North Korea's denuclearisation have called for an early resumption of negotiation.

Following 90-minute talks with US chief nuclear negotiator Christopher Hill, South Korea's Chun Yung-woo Tuesday said the two sides agreed on the need of an early resumption of the six-party talks.

"You can't rule out the possibility of the talks being held in January," Chun said.

Hill arrived here Tuesday to meet South Korean officials including President-elect Lee Myung-bak.

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Hillary win in New Hampshire stems Obama wave

By Arun Kumar, IANS

Washington : Riding a wave of female support, Hillary Clinton staged a dramatic comeback win over Barrack Obama, aiming to be America's first black president, in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary late Tuesday night.

In a close contest, the former first lady led by 39 to 36 percent votes over Iowa caucus victor Obama, with most votes counted. John Edwards, the Democrats' 2004 vice presidential nominee, was a distant third with 17 percent.

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Kenyan president names 17-member cabinet

By Xinhua

Nairobi : Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has named a 17-member cabinet, as mediation efforts in the violence-wracked country are due to be spearheaded by African Union Chairman John Kufuor here this week.

A statement from President Kibaki's office Tuesday said Kibaki has appointed former foreign affairs minister Kalonzo Musyoka as the vice president.

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Word must focus on the poor in 2008, says Ban Ki-moon

By NNN-BUANEWS

United Nations : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that 2008 should see a renewed determination to address the needs of the world's poor who have been left behind by global economic growth.

"We must address ourselves to the needs of the weak, the disadvantaged and those who have been excluded from the mainstream international community," Ban told a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York Monday, his first for the new year.

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Hillary stuns Obama with comeback win in New Hampshire

By Arun Kumar, IANS

Washington : Staging a dramatic comeback, Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary late Tuesday night, stemming the popular wave for Barrack Obama who aims to be the first black president of the US.

In a surprisingly close contest, former first lady Clinton led by 39 to 37 percent votes over Iowa victor Obama, with 85 percent of the precincts counted. John Edwards, the Democrats' 2004 vice presidential nominee, was a distant third with 17 percent.

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10 killed in Canada avalanches this winter

By Xinhua

Ottawa : Ten people have been killed by avalanches across Canada so far this winter, making it the highest avalanche death rate in 25 years, experts said.

"This is the highest number of avalanche fatalities we've seen by this date. We have 10 so far this season and this is the most we've had by Jan 8," said Cam Campbell from the Canadian Avalanche Centre Tuesday. The centre began taking records more than a quarter-century ago.

From 1978 to 2007, an average of 11 avalanche fatalities has occurred per year in Canada, the centre reports.

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