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US-Indon food fight escalates

Washington—The United States is escalating a food fight with Indonesia, charging that the Southeast Asian country violates world trade rules by blocking imports of fruit, produce and meat.

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130 dead in suicide bombings in two Yemeni mosques

ADEN, Yemen—Suicide bombers attacked a pair of mosques Friday in the Yemeni capital, unleashing monstrous blasts that ripped through worshippers and killed 137 people in the deadliest assault yet targeting Shiite rebels who have taken over large parts of the rapidly fragmenting nation. At least 13 children were among the dead.

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Fed struggled in 2009 over how to boost economy

Washington—As the Great Recession inflicted worsening damage on the US economy, the Federal Reserve struggled during 2009 to determine the best corrective steps to pursue.

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UK sells Eurostar interest for $1.1B

London—The British government has agreed to sell its stake in Eurostar, the high-speed rail service that connects London with Paris and Brussels through a tunnel under the English Channel, for 757 million pounds ($1.1 billion), a move that’s prompted accusations that it is selling the family silver.

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Australia clamps down on illegal housing trade

Canberra, Australia—Australian authorities are clamping down on wealthy foreigners illegally buying real estate, ordering a Chinese billionaire to sell a Sydney mansion he recently bought for $30 million, a minister said on Wednesday. The billionaire, Hui Ka Yan, 56, is chairman of Hong Kong-listed real estate developer Evergrande Real Estate Group, which is based in Guangzhou, China. He is listed …

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Islamic State spreads global wings

Beirut—Little known to the wider world 18 months ago, the Islamic State extremist group has muscled its way into the international spotlight by carving out a self-declared caliphate in the heart of the Mideast, beheading its opponents and foreign journalists, and attracting radicalized youth as far afield as Paris, London and New York.

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Improved plane tracking on test after plane mystery

Sydney—Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia’s transport minister said Sunday.

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US, UK: Libya needs unity govt before weapons delivery

UNITED NATIONS—Two of the most powerful members of the UN Security Council are rejecting Libya’s call to lift a UN arms embargo so it can defend itself against the Islamic State group, saying Thursday that the chaotic country needs a national unity government first.

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Filthy India air cutting 660 million lives short by 3 years

NEW DELHI—India’s filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, while nearly all of the country’s 1.2 billion citizens are breathing in harmful pollution levels, according to research published Saturday.

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Obama’s tree is not dead

NEW DELHI—Officials in India want to make one thing clear: The tree that President Barack Obama planted in New Delhi three weeks ago is not dead.

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