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Insight: In tornado alley, building practices boost damage

(Reuters) – In a residential neighborhood near the center of a monster tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma last month, two partially damaged houses stand like an island among others flattened by the storm.

Pakistan summons US ambassador to protest against latest drone killings

The prime minister of Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador in anger after an American drone attack killed nine people in North Waziristan.

Barack Obama and Xi Jinping meet as cyber-scandals swirl

President Barack Obama has brushed aside the outcry over surveillance operations by the US government to tell China‘s President Xi Jinping he wants a world order where all countries play by the same rules on cybersecurity.

Nelson Mandela back in hospital with lung infection

The office of South Africa‘s president has announced former leaderNelson Mandela has been taken to hospital because of a lung infection.

McCain and Feinstein pledge to close Guantanamo but sidestep hunger strike

A cross-party delegation consisting of two leading US senators and President Barack Obama‘s most senior aide have reaffirmed a determination to close Guantánamo Bay following a visit to the camp.

Newark mayor Cory Booker running for Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat

Cory Booker, who has used his job as mayor of Newark to build a national profile as a rising Democrat star, has formally announced his bid to complete the term of Frank Lautenberg, the US senator for New Jersey who died last week.

US economy adds 175,000 jobs in May but unemployment rises slightly

US employers added 175,000 jobs in May, a figure that shows steady hiring but is below the more robust pace that took place during the fall and winter.

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