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12 Mar

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Afghan civilian massacre sparks public fury

Killing of 16 civilians by rogue American soldier sparks calls for immediate US exit and could derail partnership pact.
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2012 14:09 GMT

More deaths reported in Gaza air raids

Palestinian medics say five killed in Israeli strikes, bringing death toll to 23 since attacks began on Friday.
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2012 14:26 GMT

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Scores reported killed in two Syrian cities

Women and children killed by “government thugs” in Homs, activists say, as the military assault on Idlib continues.
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2012 11:09 GMT

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Japan tsunami debris drifting towards US

Wreckage that was swept away by tsunami last year is now making its way across the Pacific Ocean.
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2012 11:41 GMT

Gaza air strikes kill 18 Palestinians

Boy, 12, among dead as Israeli PM says forces have ‘extracted a very high price’ and rockets are fired into Israel from Gaza

Afghan residents with bodies of shooting victims

US soldier’s killing spree puts Afghanistan on a knife-edge

Tensions increase as nine children among 16 shot dead by lone gunman in Zangabad village in Kandahar

Doonesbury strip on Texas abortion law dropped by some US newspapers

Several papers decline to use cartoon strip, which depicts state-required sonograms as Republican-approved rape

olympic stadium fabric wrap

A fabric wrap produced by Dow Chemical is seen in this computer-generated image of London’s 2012 Olympic Stadium.  Photograph: Reuters

London 2012: Dow Chemical deal is fine by me, says David Cameron

The prime minister has intervened for the first time in the row over Dow Chemical’s sponsorship of the wrap that will surround the main Olympic stadium in London, backing the deal in the face of protest from the Indian government and human-rights campaigners.

David Cameron has followed the line adopted by the International Olympic Committee and London 2012 chairman, Lord Coe, arguing that Dow was not the owner of Union Carbide at the time of Bhopal disaster in 1984 that killed an estimated 15,000 people.

Campaign groups including Amnesty International and politicians including the shadow Olympics minister, Tessa Jowell, have called for the relationship to be dropped, claiming that Dow has ongoing liabilities relating to the fatal gas leak………………………………………….

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