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Nepal parties, Maoist rebels approve interim constitution

KATHMANDU, Saturday, (Reuters) - Nepal's ruling alliance and Maoist rebels today approved the draft of an interim constitution, a key step to implement their landmark peace deal ending a conflict which has killed thousands, negotiators said.

Palestinian civil war looms as Abbas calls for early elections
GAZA CITY/RAMALLAH, Saturday (Reuters/AFP) - President Mahmoud Abbas called today for Palestinian elections, throwing down the gauntlet to his Hamas rivals after days of factional violence that has sparked fears of civil war.
Everybody loves Raymond's dad
Peter Boyle, the actor who played the hilariously grouchy father on ''Everybody Loves Raymond'' as the final note of a distinguished career that also included a memorable role in Mel Brooks' ''Young Frankenstein,'' has died. He was 71.
Horror-struck Ipswich prostitutes

LONDON- (AP)-Their corpses were naked, dotted by jewellery and unmarked by signs of struggle or trauma -- raising questions of whether a suspected serial killer may have drugged five young prostitutes before stealing their lives in the provincial English town of Ipswich.

Researchers reverse diabetes in mice
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Nerve cells in the pancreas may be a cause of type-1 diabetes in mice -- a finding that could provide new ways to treat the disease in humans, Canadian and U.S. scientists said on Friday.  
Singh welcomes Pak proposal on Kashmir  
NEW DELHI, Saturday, (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has welcomed a proposal made earlier this month by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to settle the Kashmir dispute, an Indian official said today.  
Bhutan's king abdicates, hands power to son  
GUWAHATI, India, Saturday (AFP)- The king of the remote Himalayan country of Bhutan has abdicated in favour of his Oxford-educated son, a royal official said Saturday, stunning the tiny Buddhist nation.  
California judge declares lethal injection unconstitutional  
OCALA, Florida, Saturday (AP) - Governor Jeb Bush suspended all executions in Florida after a medical examiner said that prison officials botched the insertion of the needles when a convicted killer was put to death earlier this week.  
U.S. families mourn lost soldiers, question war  
HUMBOLDT, Kan., Dec 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Army National Guard Spc. John Wood is everywhere inside the quiet clapboard house just off the main street in Humboldt, Kansas.  
A battle between liberation and anti-liberation forces in B’desh  
Joi Bangla was the slogan that resounded in the streets of Dhaka and outside this month 35 years ago.  
Britain’s counter-terrorism measures on top gear  
A few months back British intelligence warned the government that London is a prime target for jihadist terrorists.  

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