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Rights group in Afghanistan investigating claim of US use of phosphorus bombs

Rights group in Afghanistan investigating claim of US use of phosphorus bombs

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission is investigating claims that the United States used white phosphorus bombs in an attack against Taliban militants on May 4. The attack is reported to have killed over 100 civilians.

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Wildfire in California displaces 30,000

Wildfire in California displaces 30,000

The recent Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara County, California, has burned more than 8,600 acres of land over the last four days. Over 75 homes were destroyed, and more than 30,500 residents were evacuated.

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Mothers around the world on Mother's Day

Mothers around the world on Mother's Day

Wikinews reports on mothers from around the world, some happy and some in despair, celebrating Mother's Day this year.

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Recession hits Australian asbestos victims fund

Recession hits Australian asbestos victims fund

Asbestos victims seeking their retribution payment of $350 million from the Asbestos Injuries Compensation Fund are approaching the Australian government following an admission from James Hardie compensation fund trustees stating they are unable to pay the victims in lump sums due to the recession.

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Wikinews Shorts: May 11, 2009

Wikinews Shorts: May 11, 2009

A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, May 11, 2009: United States reports third death from H1N1 swine flu and Boston trolleys crash.

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2,000 face redundancy at English steelworks

2,000 face redundancy at English steelworks

Corus Group, the world's fifth largest steel producer, announced on Friday that it may be forced to mothball its steelworks in Redcar, England. This move would threaten the jobs of the works' 1,920 employees.

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US automaker GM reports losses of $6 billion

US automaker GM reports losses of $6 billion

United States automobile company General Motors announced it has lost US$6 billion in the first quarter of 2009, amidst heavy declines in revenues.

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NASA launches Space Shuttle Atlantis

NASA launches Space Shuttle Atlantis

Just after 2 p.m. EDT (1800 UTC) Tuesday, the Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off above Florida on its two day journey to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to embark on repairs.

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