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Top News Stories 2008-08-25 07:00:49

Front Page: 1 Million Cut Off By Floods, China Deports Protesters, Pakistan Bans the Taliban

  • 1 Million Cut Off By Floods:
    In India, more than a million people have been stranded by monsoon-season flooding. Authorities are struggling today to get aid and food to people in the stricken northern state and the government has issued a plea for relief agencies to provide food and shelter. The area's chief minister says, ''It is not a normal flood, but a catastrophe." This year's monsoons have killed 330 people so far.
  • China Deports Protesters:
    Eight American protesters who were detained by Chinese authorities during the Olympics and given 10-day sentences, have been released six days early. The protesters were part of Students for a Free Tibet, four of them were detained for unfurling a Tibetan flag near the stadium. They were deported as the closing ceremony started.

  • Pakistan Bans the Taliban:
    After the Taliban claimed responsibility today for one of Pakistan's worst ever terrorist attacks, Pakistan has banned the Taliban. The move shows the country is toughening its stance a week after Pervez Musharraf left power. Just 24 hours after rejecting a Taliban cease-fire offer, the ministry announced the decision sayiing, ''This organization is a terrorist organization and created mayhem against public life."

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