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At least 48 killed as tornadoes strike US

By DPA

Washington : Dozens of tornadoes in the southern US have killed at least 48 people and injured dozens more on the largest election day to date in the 2008 presidential race, according to media reports.

The 67 twisters forced early closure of election stations Tuesday night across some of the worst hit states - Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi - and ploughed down power lines.

The collision of warm and cold weather fronts - unusual for the wintertime - was blamed for the havoc.

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Clinton funds tighten as Democrats try to break deadlock

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Hillary Clinton's race for the White House showed vulnerability Wednesday as she admitted tapping her own pocketbook for five million dollars to keep up a grueling fight against rival Barack Obama.

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USA Missing War Allies

London, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Since the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, it has become increasingly difficult for the United States to find allies able to follow it into new invasions, according to a British research institute.

The current situation in those occupied nations works against the willingness of other countries to participate in new military actions, London's International Strategic Study Institute director John Chipman explained.

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Australia Rudd to Tell Natives Sorry

Canberra, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will apologize to the native population on February 13 for past atrocities, making sure there will not be a relapse.

The apology will go to direct or indirect victims of what is known as the stolen generation, when over 100,000 aboriginal children were estranged from their families from 1900 to 1970 to "civilize" them.

Rudd, on behalf of the cabinet and Parliament, will admit to harassment of the natives and Torres Strait islanders, but did not mention economic compensation.

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IAEA Nuclear Accident Network Ready

United Nations, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The International Atomic Energy Agency's nuclear emergency response network has started operation, thanks to several member countries, it was announced at UN headquarters on Wednesday.

An IAEA release said the first countries committing to collaborate in coordinating international assistance in case of a radioactive incident or emergency are Mexico, Finland, Sri Lanka and the United States.

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Clinton is the frontrunner: Obama

By DPA

Washington : Barack Obama declared Wednesday his chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, was the "frontrunner" even though the outcome in the biggest day of voting so far left the two candidates in a tight race.

Obama, speaking in Chicago, said Clinton's a "formidable opponent" because of her strong name recognition and well-managed campaign in the state-by-state competition to win the nomination.

"This makes her the front runner in every single contest," Obama, 46, said after the "Super Tuesday" contests in 24 states.

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We control the country, says Chad's president

By DPA

N'Djamena/Paris : Chadian President Indriss Deby said Wednesday in the capital N'Djamena that his government's forces were now in total control of the country after a failed attempt to overthrow him.

In his first public appearance since rebel groups mounted an assault against his government, culminating in a pitched two-day battle in N'Djamena over the weekend, Deby told reporters his forces had "total control" not only over the city, but the entire country.

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Britain using street theatre to combat illegal immigration

By IANS

New Delhi : The British government is using street theatres in Punjab to tackle illegal immigration from the Indian state, visiting British Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said here Wednesday.

Byrne told reporters in the Indian capital Wednesday that his country was determined to fight illegal immigration. "It is not a nice thing," he said, referring to the exploitation of poor people by criminal gangs.

Punjab accounts for the highest proportion of illegal migrants from India to Britain.

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Britain introduces new points-based visa system

By IANS

New Delhi : Britain will implement from Feb 29 a new points-based immigration system for assessing visa applications of highly skilled immigrants working in that country, visiting British Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said here Wednesday.

In India, the new system for highly skilled migrants, to be now known as Tier 1, will be launched from April 1, and will be followed in the rest of the world later, the minister told reporters here Wednesday evening.

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Clinton, Obama in dead heat; McCain ahead

By Arun Kumar, IANS

Washington : Super Tuesday's battle for presidential nominations ended in a virtual dead heat for Democrats with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama carving up the country, while John McCain took a big lead among Republicans.

In the biggest day of primaries to pick nominees for the Nov 4 poll, Obama, hoping to be America's first black president won 13 states, Clinton aspiring to be the first woman to occupy the oval office took eight in the coast-to-coast contests in 22 states.

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