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Cheney wanted to bomb Syria

Former US vice president Dick Cheney said President George W Bush rejected his advice in 2007 to bomb a suspected nuclear reactor site in Syria.

The New York Times said Mr Cheney writes in his forthcoming autobiography that he was "a lone voice" for military action against Syria.

Mr Cheney said other advisers were reluctant because of "the bad intelligence we had received" before invading Iraq.

Two killed in NY knife rampage

Police say a second victim has died after a stabbing rampage by a naked man armed with a 10-inch kitchen knife at his New York City apartment building.

Police say 23-year-old Christian Falero knocked on several neighbours' doors on Tuesday in his Washington Heights building and stabbed those who answered.

Eighty-one-year-old Ignacio Reyes-Collazo was killed and the death of 60-year-old Yigao Chen was announced yesterday.

The suspect was charged with second-degree murder and robbery

26 trapped in China coal mine

Twenty-six miners have been trapped for two days in a flooded coal mine in northeastern China.

The state-run China Daily newspaper says rescuers were rushing to pump water from the mine in Qitaihe, in Heilongjiang province, but hadn't yet made contact with the trapped miners.

It says the mine filled with water on Tuesday when workers broke through into an adjacent flooded pit. Nineteen miners escaped to the surface.

N Korea set to halt nuke tests

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said his country is ready to impose a nuclear test and production moratorium if international talks on its atomic programme resume, in Pyongyang's latest effort to restart long-stalled aid-for-disarmament talks.

It remains to be seen, however, whether Mr Kim's reported gesture will satisfy the most sceptical of the five other nations at talks meant to end the North's nuclear weapons ambitions -- the US, South Korea and Japan.