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A 600 lb bomb which was found in Northern Ireland has been defused by a bomb disposal team.

A map of the British Isles with Northern Ireland in red.

The bomb was found on the side of a road near the village of Forkhill in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, close to the border with the Republic of Ireland. It was defused by an expert bomb disposal team from the Irish Army. The explosives were home-made and weighed 600 lb (270 kg). It is believed that the bomb was planted there by dissident republicans.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland believed that there could have been a “devastating outcome” — and that they were also potentially targets of the bombers. Chief Inspector Sam Cordner said: “The actions of terrorist criminals in planting this device in the Forkhill area put local people and police officers at significant risk.”

Cquote1.svg Their actions were reckless and dangerous in the extreme Cquote2.svg

—Chief Inspector Sam Cordner

“Their actions were reckless and dangerous in the extreme. Their target may have been the police, but they did not care who they killed or injured. It is only through the hard work and professionalism of police officers and their military colleagues that the area has been made safe,” Cordner said.

20 people had to evacuate their homes while the bomb was safely defused. Authorities took the device and will conduct a forensic examination.



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Afghan presidential candidate Karzai wins majority of votes

Afghan presidential candidate Karzai wins majority of votes

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Hamid Karzai in 2006
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Abdullah Abdullah in 2004
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Partial results from Afghanistan’s presidential election suggest that Hamid Karzai, the incumbent candidate, has won a majority of votes.

With 91.4% of ballots having been counted, Karzai had 54.1% of votes, well above the 28.3% obtained by Karzai’s chief rival, Abdullah Abdullah.

According to Afghanistan’s election rules, a candidate must receive at least fifty percent of the ballot to prevent a run-off election.

Meanwhile, the United Nations-backed Electoral Complaints Commission said on Monday it had found “convincing evidence of fraud”, and called for suspected votes to be recounted.

The UN-appointed commission, which consists of five people, has the ability to discount false votes and order a new election to be held. 720 complaints of fraud have been submitted to the committee.

Spokesman Ian Kelly with the US State department said that “it is very important that these elections are seen as legitimate in the eyes of the Afghan people, in the eyes of the international community. And I am not going to prejudge where this whole thing comes out.”

“It is not going to be a matter of days or weeks, it could be a matter of months to sort out all of these allegations,” he said.



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British Royal Air Force investigate suspicious car at Lyneham air base

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The British Royal Air Force gave the all clear at Lyneham air base in Wiltshire, England after an earlier bomb scare.

It had earlier been reported that a improvised explosive device (IED) was found inside a vehicle by a bomb sniffing dog. According to BBC News, the vehicle was parked outside the air base’s fence. Officials would not elaborate on what was inside the vehicle, but said it was not harmful.

A Royal Air Force spokesman said a bomb squad was called to the location to investigate the find. “An EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] team are on site and currently working to make the area safe. It is too early to speculate at this stage.”

RAF Lyneham is on of the UK’s largest air bases, and is home to the RAF’s fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft. Many bodies of the soldiers who have been killed in Afghanistan are brought to the base from the country.


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Lyneham air base in England given all clear after bomb scare

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The British Royal Air Force gave the all clear at the Lyneham air base in Wiltshire, England after an earlier bomb scare.

It had earlier been reported that an improvised explosive device (IED) was found inside a vehicle by a bomb sniffing dog. According to BBC News, the vehicle was parked outside the air base’s fence. Officials would not elaborate on what was inside the vehicle, but BBC reports that the vehicle was possibly military and that bomb residue was found on the vehicle.

A Royal Air Force spokesman said a bomb squad was called to the location to investigate the find. “An EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] team are on site and currently working to make the area safe. It is too early to speculate at this stage.” Officials say the reaction was routine and situations like this are treated as if a device had been found. Anytime a dog is alerted to possible explosives, the proper teams are called in to investigate.

RAF Lyneham is one of the UK’s largest air bases, and is home to the RAF’s fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft. Many bodies of the soldiers who have been killed in Afghanistan are brought to the base from the country.



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British Royal Air Force says suspected bomb found at Lyneham air base

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The British Royal Air Force has said that a suspected bomb has been found at Lynaham air base in Wiltshire, England.

A Royal Air Force spokesman said a bomb squad is on location. “An EOD team are on site and currently working to make the area safe. It is too early to speculate at this stage.”

Officials say the device appears to be an improvvised explosive device (IED). It was found inside a vehicle by a bomb sniffing dog. According to BBC News, the vehicle was parked outside the air base’s fence.

Lyneham air base is on of the UK’s largest air bases. Many bodies of the soldiers who have been killed in Afghanistan are brought to the base from the country.


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British Royal Air Force says suspected bomb found at Lyneham air base

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Map highlighting location of Wiltshire.
Image: Airunp.

The British Royal Air Force has said that a suspected bomb has been found at the Lynaham air base in Wiltshire, England.

A Royal Air Force spokesman said a bomb squad is on location. “An EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] team are on site and currently working to make the area safe. It is too early to speculate at this stage.”

Officials say the device appears to be an improvised explosive device (IED). It was found inside a vehicle by a bomb sniffing dog. According to BBC News, the vehicle was parked outside the air base’s fence.

The Lyneham air base is on of the UK’s largest air bases. Many bodies of the soldiers who have been killed in Afghanistan are brought to the base from the country.


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Large earthquake strikes nation of Georgia

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck the nation of Georgia. Georgia’s meteorology center says the quake registered an 8.0. A magnitude 5.0 aftershock struck just minutes later.

The initial quake occurred at 3:41 a.m. (local time) and was centered 80 kilometers (50 miles) Northeast of Kutaisi, Georgia. It registered at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The aftershock was centered in roughly the same exact location and depth and struck minutes later at 3:49 a.m.

Power is reported to be out in many parts of Tskhinvali. According to the USGS, damage from the initial quake could be “moderate to heavy”. At least 10,000 people live within miles of the epicenter.


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Large earthquake strikes nation of Georgia

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck the nation of Georgia. Georgia’s meteorology center says the quake registered an 8.0. A magnitude 5.0 aftershock struck just minutes later.

The initial quake occurred at 3:41 a.m. (local time) and was centered 80 kilometers (50 miles) Northeast of Kutaisi, Georgia. It registered at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The aftershock was centered in roughly the same exact location and depth and struck minutes later at 3:49 a.m.

Power is reported to be out in many parts of Tskhinvali. According to the USGS, damage from the initial quake could be “moderate to heavy”. At least 10,000 people live within miles of the epicenter.


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Large earthquake strikes nation of Georgia

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Location of Tskhinval(i) in Georgia.
Image: Iguacu.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck the nation of Georgia. Georgia’s meteorology center says the quake registered an 8.0. A magnitude 5.0 aftershock struck just minutes later.

The initial quake occurred at 3:41 a.m. (local time) and was centered 80 kilometers (50 miles) Northeast of Kutaisi, Georgia. It registered at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The aftershock was centered in roughly the same exact location and depth and struck minutes later at 3:49 a.m.

Power is reported to be out in many parts of Tskhinvali. According to the USGS, damage from the initial quake could be “moderate to heavy”. At least 10,000 people live within miles of the epicenter.


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Large earthquake strikes nation of Georgia

Large earthquake strikes nation of Georgia

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Location of Tskhinval(i) in Georgia.
Image: Iguacu.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported a magnitude 6.2 earthquake, later downgraded to 5.9, has struck the nation of Georgia. Georgia’s meteorology center says the quake registered an 8.0. A magnitude 5.0 aftershock struck just minutes later.

The initial quake occurred at 3:41 a.m. (local time) and was centered 80 kilometers (50 miles) Northeast of Kutaisi, Georgia. It registered at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The aftershock was centered in roughly the same location and depth and struck minutes later at 3:49 a.m.

Power temporarily went out in many parts of Tskhinvali, but returned a short time later. According to the USGS, damage from the initial could have been “moderate to heavy,” though no major damage was reported. Fallen rocks were reported to have blocked some roads, and some homes sustained minor damage to ceilings and walls. At least 10,000 people live within miles of the epicenter. No one was injured.



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