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Police strikes in Egypt accelerate, adding turmoil

Police strikes in Egypt accelerate, adding turmoil

CAIRO (AP) — Strikes by Egyptian security forces spread swiftly around the country Friday, as police walked off the job or took to the streets, angry at being blamed for crackdowns on protests against the Islamist president and accusing his Muslim Brotherhood of trying to control them. The wave of police discontent adds a new […]

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UN agency to feed 2.5 m Syrians

UN agency to feed 2.5 m Syrians

The World Food Program says it aims to feed 2.5 million Syrians next month, up from 1.7 million today, because of rising needs as more Syrians are displaced by the civil war. The U.N. estimates that nearly 4 million of Syria’s 22 million people have been driven from their homes by the fighting, including those […]

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India rejects Bayer plea against cheap cancer drug

India rejects Bayer plea against cheap cancer drug

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s patent appeals office has rejected Bayer AG’s plea to stop the production of a cheaper generic version of a patented cancer drug in a ruling that health groups say is an important precedent for getting inexpensive lifesaving medicines to the poor. Last year, India’s patent office allowed local drug manufacturer […]

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Russia finds ‘new bacteria’ in Antarctic lake

Russia finds ‘new bacteria’ in Antarctic lake

Russian scientists believe they have found a wholly new type of bacteria in the mysterious subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday. The samples obtained from the underground lake in May 2012 contained a bacteria which bore no resemblance to existing types, said Sergei Bulat of the genetics laboratory […]

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Syrian rebels set terms to free UN staff

Syrian rebels set terms to free UN staff

Rebels holding 21 UN peacekeepers near the Golan Heights in southern Syria defied a chorus of international condemnation and calls for their unconditional release, saying government forces must leave the area before they free their “guests”. Rami Abdelrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted a spokesman for the “Martyrs of Yarmouk” rebel brigade […]

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Russia invites US for missile talks

Russia invites US for missile talks

Russia has invited US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey to Moscow for talks that will include the missile defence issue, his Russian counterpart General Valery Gerasimov said. ‘Missile defence will be one of the points of our discussion,’ Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said at a meeting […]

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Berlusconi sentenced to a year in jail

Berlusconi sentenced to a year in jail

An Italian court on Thursday sentenced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to a year in prison over the publication of leaked transcripts from a police wiretap in a newspaper that he owns. Berlusconi, who faces two more verdicts this month for tax fraud and having sex with an underage prostitute, can appeal the conviction which […]

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Cameron rejects call for new economic policy

Cameron rejects call for new economic policy

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday vowed to maintain a course of budget austerity, rejecting calls to focus more on economic growth despite an embarrassing credit ratings downgrade. Cameron argued that the U.K. is beginning to see signs of progress in debt reduction thanks to his government’s tough spending cuts and tax increases and […]

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UN troops seized by Syrian rebels appear in video

UN troops seized by Syrian rebels appear in video

BEIRUT (AP) — Several United Nations peacekeepers from the Philippines who were abducted by Syrian rebels said in videos posted online Thursday that they are safe and sound, even as activists reported clashes and shelling in the area where U.N. troops are being held. Opposition fighters detained 21 Filipino peacekeepers near the village of Jamlah […]

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Syria rebels seize UN convoy near Golan

Syria rebels seize UN convoy near Golan

Beirut: 7 March 2013 Syrian rebels say they have seized a convoy of United Nations observers near the Golan Heights, according to videos posted on the Internet site YouTube on Wednesday by a violence monitoring group. A young man saying he was from the “Martyrs of Yarmouk” brigade said the convoy would not be released […]

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