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Hosni Mubarak sentenced to life in prison for killing of protestors

A court in Cairo on Saturday sentenced Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak to life imprisonment for complicity in protestors’ killings during last year’s uprising, BBC reported.

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China assumes rotating UNSC presidency

China on Friday assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for June.

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Ferrari extends help to Italian quake victims

Automobile giant Ferrari will auction a luxury sports car and Formula 1 memorabilia to help in relief efforts in Italy where two earthquakes killed at least 23 people and left around 20,000 homeless.

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Iran sends troops to Syria

“Before our presence in Syria, too many people were killed by the opposition but with the physical and non-physical presence of the Islamic republic, big massacres in Syria were prevented,” said Ismail Gha’ani, deputy head of the Quds force, a branch of the Revolutionary Guards in charge of overseas operations.

 

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Mitt Romney clinches Republican nomination

Mitt Romney created history as he finally clinched the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in November, becoming the first Mormon nominee from a major political party.

 

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EU pledges $140 mn to Jordan

The European Union will give 110 million euros (about $140 million) in financial assistance to Jordan in 2012.

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Strauss-Kahn files countercharge against hotel maid

Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is filing a civil lawsuit against the former hotel maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a hotel in New York City, seeking at least $1 million in damage.

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Francois Hollande sworn in as French president

Francois Hollande was sworn in as the new president of France Tuesday for a five-year term. He became the first Socialist leader to occupy the Elysee Palace in 17 years.

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Egypt presidential hopeful wants Sharia law-based constitution

Egypt’s constitution should be based on the Quran and the Islamic Sharia law, presidential candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Morsi said.

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Yahoo CEO ‘Scott Thompson’ steps down

Yahoo chief executive officer (CEO) Scott Thompson has resigned and the company has named Ross Levinsohn as interim CEO, Yahoo said Sunday.

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Russia warns of destroying US missile shield

Russia is ready to destroy US missile defence facilities in Europe if Moscow considers them as real threats, Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has said.

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UN observers pelted with stones in Syria

Unidentified people pelted a UN observers’ convoy with stones Friday near a suburban area of Syrian capital city of Damascus, Xinhua reported.

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Chinese defence minister in US to boost military ties

Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie on Thursday visited the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, presenting to its library more than 200 copies of Chinese history and strategy books to boost military ties.

 

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Chinese economy facing downside risks

China’s economic downside risks have been aggravated by slowing expansion in the manufacturing sector and weak market demand, China Daily reported Saturday.

 

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Pakistan hikes defence budget by 10 percent

Pakistan has increased its defence budget by nearly 10 percent to 545 billion rupees ($5.8 billion) for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

 

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Anti-government gangs blamed for Syria massacre

A preliminary investigation has showed that anti-government armed groups had carried out last week’s massacre in Syria’s Houla town, Syrian authorities said.

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West expels Syrian envoys over Houla massacre

US, Australia, Britain, France, Germany and some other European countries on Tuesday announced the expulsion of Syrian ambassadors from their countries over last weekend’s massacre in Syria’s Houla town which the lives of 108 people

 

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96 dead in Yemen military parade bombing

At least 96 soldiers were killed and 300 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up during a rehearsal Monday for a military parade in Yemen's capital city, Al Arabiya news agency reported.

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Zardari leaves for US to attend NATO summit

President Asif Ali Zardari has left for Chicago to attend a NATO summit as Pakistan mulls the reopening of supplies for the coalition forces in Afghanistan, a media report said Friday.

 

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Self-immolations in Tibet politically motivated: Lawmaker

Self-immolations by monks were part of the scheme of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s clique to internationalize the Tibet issue, a Tibetan legislator has said.

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Al Qaeda behind Syrian blasts, says Russia

Moscow believes that terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda, carried out recent suicide bombings in Syria, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov Monday.

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China dismisses Dalai Lama’s claim of poison plot

A state-run Chinese daily Monday dismissed Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s claim that China was trying to poison him to death using female devotees, and described his accusation as “something you would find in a martial arts novel”.

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When cricket became a saviour in battle-scarred Afghanistan

Cricket has not caught on to any major extent in Afghanistan even 11 years after the Taliban was pushed out of Kabul in 2001. The sports-shy Afghans are still too battle-scarred to laugh their angst away on the pitch.

 

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RIM to launch 15 BlackBerry premium stores by year-end

Canadian smartphone maker Research in Motion (RIM) will launch around 15 BlackBerry premium stores across the country by the end of this year to expand its business in India.

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24,000 ‘stolen’ brides in Kyrgyzstan in three years

Around 24,000 women were kidnapped and forced into marriage in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan in the past three years, an official report said.

 

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