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Priyanka Gandhi: Rahul Gandhi ‘not focussed’ on PM job

Priyanka Gandhi, Congress party’s star campaigner in Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections, says brother Rahul is not focussed on becoming PM. He is working to “bring in positive change in the state and not for his reputation”, she told reporters. The country had an “extremely good prime minister” and the…

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Syrian army ‘steps up Homs offensive’

The Syrian army has stepped up its attacks on opposition fighters in Homs, activists and witnesses have said, a day after a UN Security Council resolution aimed at ending the bloodshed in Syria was blocked by Russia and China. Video received by Al Jazeera from opposition activists on Sunday showed the apparent devastation caused by a military offensive in the ...

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China defends Syria veto in People’s Daily article

State paper denies giving ‘free rein’ to Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown and points to UN mandate ‘abused’ in Libya by Nato Chinese UN ambassador Li Baodong vetoes the security council resolution calling for Bashar al-Assad to resign as president of Syria. Photograph: Xinhua China’s top Communist party newspaper has defended Beijing’s rejection of a UN resolution calling for Syria’s President Bashar ...

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Australian floods force thousands from their homes

* One dead in flooding, thousands evacuated * Coal industry largely unaffected by floods * Flooding causes damage to agriculture, property By Rebekah Kebede PERTH, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Thousands of Australians were forced from their homes on Monday because of floods that have risen to record levels in some areas and killed one person, and authorities issued warnings for ...

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New York Giants win Super Bowl over New England Patriots

FOR the second time in five seasons, Eli Manning led the New York Giants to Super Bowl success over the New England Patriots, nabbing a second MVP award in the process. Manning directed a nine-play, 88-yard drive that set up running back Ahmad Bradshaw for the game-winning touchdown with a minute to go, as the Giants triumphed 21-17 in Super ...

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It’s risky to attack Iran: Obama

Washington: US President Barack Obama said on Sunday there were important risks to consider before any military strike against Iran and made clear he does not want to see more conflict in the oil-producing Gulf region. In a television interview, Obama also said he did not believe Tehran had the “intentions or capabilities” to attack the United States, playing down ...

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Italy’s Monti warns against deepening resentment in debt crisis, Soros fears lost decade

MUNICH — Italian Premier Mario Monti said Saturday that the eurozone must avoid stoking deeper resentment among its members as it tackles the debt crisis, while philanthropist George Soros said German-backed austerity measures risk pushing Europe into “a lost decade” or worse. The chairman of an international group of creditors, meanwhile, warned that Europe must fix Greece’s problems or risk ...

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Fidel Castro presents his memoirs — "Time Guerrilla"

Cuban leader Fidel Castro presented two volumes of his memoir entitled “Time Guerrilla” in a ceremony that marked his first public appearance since last April, Cuban media reported. The memoirs trace his life from infancy until 1958, when he succeeded in leading a revolution that turned Cuba into a communist country aligned with the Soviet Union. Castro’s recollection of events ...

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Russia, China veto U.N. plan for Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia and China vetoed on Saturday a U.N. resolution that backed an Arab plan calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to quit, stalling global efforts to end his bloody crackdown on unrest after hundreds were reported killed in the city of Homs. Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari passes a piece of paper during ...

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