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Syrian troops advance in rebel-held parts of Homs

BEIRUT — Syrian troops have advanced into rebel-held areas of the city of Homs, occupying buildings after pummeling the area with artillery that drove out opposition fighters, an activist said Saturday. The push into Khaldiyeh district was the first significant gain for troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, who have been waging an eight-day campaign to seize parts of ...

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Djokovic stands in way of Murray and history

Tweet London, July 6 (IANS) Andy Murray will have another shot at becoming the first British man to win the Wimbledon crown in 77 years when he takes on World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the final here Sunday. Both Murray and Djokovic had tough semifinal outings with the Murray holding off the towering Jerzy Janowicz 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 at ...

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Britain to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada on Sunday -papers

Reuters July 6, 2013 – 10:51 LONDON (Reuters) – Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada will be deported by Britain to Jordan on Sunday, ending eight years of government efforts to send him home for trial, British papers reported on Saturday. Abu Qatada, wanted in Jordan on charges of alleged terrorism, will be put on a special flight at around 01:00 ...

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10 Things to Know for Friday

1. EGYPT’S INTERIM PRESIDENT SWORN IN Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @NYTNational for breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors A top judge replaces Islamist leader as the army cracks down on the Muslim Brotherhood. 2. MORSI’S “OVER MY DEAD BODY” MOMENT In his final days in power, Egypt’s embattled president was defiant even though his allies ...

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Italy’s Economic Recovery Still Faces Headwinds, IMF Review Says

Italian prime Minister Enrico Letta still faces an uphill battle in helping his country exit its longest recession in more than two decades, the International Monetary Fund said. The euro region’s third-largest economy “is showing signs of stabilizing, but strong headwinds are still holding back the recovery,” the Washington-based lender said today in a report. “Growth prospects remain…

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Violent clashes in Peru over new public sector law

5 July 2013 Last updated at 07:47 BST Police and protesters have clashed in the Peruvian capital Lima at demonstrations against a new law for workers in the public sector. The law introduces annual performance assessments for civil servants and university lecturers as a way of improving standards. Critics say the reforms will cost jobs and compromise the independence of…

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Egypt’s Brotherhood calls for protests Friday

SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press= CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called for a wave of protests Friday, furious over the military’s ouster of its president and arrest of its revered leader and other top figures, underlining the touchy issue of what role the fundamentalist Islamist movement might play in the new regime. There are concerns of Islamist violence in ...

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