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Wet Weekend

Meteorologists insist that the weather is nothing unusual and that over the whole of August, the rainfall will be close to the monthly average. More rain is expected Monday, but it will ease off on Tuesday and Wednesday, when temperatures will reach up to 26 degrees Celsius. By Wednesday, the skies should clear.

Death Toll Rising in Monsoon-Related Floods

BARABANKI, India -- Torrential overnight rains compounded the misery of 2 million marooned Indian villagers, as the death toll from floods across South Asia rose to at least 289, officials said Sunday.

Artist Raises Eyebrows with Submarine Stunt

On the morning after Riley's arrest in New York City Harbor, the skipper of a ramshackle replica of a U.S. Revolutionary War-era, wooden-hulled submarine found himself splashed across the city's front pages Saturday in less than flattering terms.

Iraq's Failing Power Grid Creating Water Shortage

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's power grid is on the brink of collapse because of insurgent sabotage, rising demand, fuel shortages and provinces that are unplugging local power stations from the national grid, officials have said.

Troops Kill Iraqi Shrine Bomber

BAGHDAD -- U.S. troops killed the al-Qaida mastermind of bombings at a prized Shiite shrine, and at least 13 people died when mortars hit a Baghdad neighborhood, official said Sunday.

Lebanon Votes for 2 Key Lawmakers

BIKFAYA, Lebanon -- Army and police patrols stood guard Sunday as thousands of Lebanese went to polling stations to vote in a key election to replace two assassinated lawmakers.

U.S. Passes New Spying Legislation

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives handed President George W. Bush a victory, voting to expand the government's abilities to eavesdrop without warrants on foreign suspects whose communications pass through the United States.

China Makes One-Child Policy More Sensitive

BEIJING -- China's top family planning agency has cracked down on insensitive slogans used by rural authorities to enforce the country's strict population limits, state media said Sunday.

China Takes a Hit as Blackstone Falls

HONG KONG -- The first purchase by the Chinese government's new overseas investment fund, a $3 billion stake in the Blackstone Group, has produced an unusual public reaction within China.

Britain Rushes to Stop Epidemic

LONDON -- British authorities rushed to halt an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease Saturday by slaughtering and then incinerating 60 cattle on an infected farm near London.

World's Wealthiest Man Says He Doesn't Care About Rank

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim, who is estimated by some calculations to be wealthier than Microsoft founder Bill Gates, said Thursday that he did not care whether he was the world's richest person.

Women May Have the Final Say

LONDON -- More women than men will make financial decisions in the home in just over a decade, a report published on Friday said.

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