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Somali pirates walk the ladder in hijack battle

The way you spot a Somali pirate in a sea of fishermen, says a top French naval commander, is not the AK-47s on his skiff -- it's the ladder on deck.

Clintons’ $109m income under close scrutiny

Tax returns released by former first couple Hillary and Bill Clinton revealed they earned -million over eight years, and questions were raised on Saturday about the sources of much of their wealth. Analysts and media focused on the -million Bill Clinton earned for speaking engagements.

US campus killer’s family laments carnage

The family of a gunman who shot dead 32 people has apologised for the ''excruciating grief'' inflicted on a United States campus, saying as the nation mourned that he had made ''the world weep''. ''Each of these people had so much love, talent and gifts to offer, and their lives were cut short by a horrible and senseless act,'' said a statement issued by the family.

Nation mourns victims of US campus gunman

Bells were set to toll in the United States on Friday marking a day of mourning for 32 students and teachers shot dead on a university campus by a deranged student. The day of religious services and commemorations comes amid burning questions over how South Korea-born Cho Seung-Hui was able to buy two guns and ammunition.

Al Gore rides global warming back into politics

Six years after barely losing the most contested presidential race in recent United States history, Al Gore has ridden a popular new film on global climate change to the centre of American politics. Former vice-president Gore denied again Sunday that he intended to contest the Democratic nomination for president in 2008 -- which could pit him against his former boss's wife, Senator Hillary Clinton.

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