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Bombardment of Syria’s Homs resumes – activists

AMMAN (Reuters) – Heavy bombardment of the Syrian city of Homs resumed on Tuesday after at least 95 civilians were killed on Monday in an offensive to put down a popular revolt against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, activists and residents said. “The bombardment is again concentrating on Bab Amro. A doctor tried to get in there…

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Phoenix rejects utility regulator’s gas price plans

Phoenix Natural Gas has rejected proposed controls by the utility regulator which would have slashed the price of gas for big business in Northern Ireland. It means regulator Shane Lynch is likely to refer the matter to the Competition Commission. The proposals would slash how much money Phoenix is allowed to invest and spend on running its network. The savings…

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Giants, Manning win ‘wild game’ in Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS — Despite winning a second Super Bowl in five seasons, the New York Giants should not be recognized as one of the greatest champions in NFL history. Sunday’s 21-17 victory over New England at Lucas Oil Stadium made the Giants the first 9-7 team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. The Giants are the first champion to ...

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Protesters continue to battle police in Egypt

Clashes have continued in Egypt with police firing tear gas at demonstrators hurling rocks and broken tiles, as the protesters demanded swift presidential election and an early handover of power by the ruling military. Thousands of people protested outside the interior ministry in Cairo, the capital, accusing the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) of failing to prevent the ...

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Sauli Niinisto wins Finnish Presidential Elections

Helsinki: A former finance minister won Finland’s Presidential Election on Sunday and will become the country’s first conservative head of state in five decades. Sauli Niinisto took 63 percent of the votes, compared to 37 percent for his rival, Greens candidate Pekka Haavisto, official results showed with 100 percent of ballots counted. The 63-year-old Niinisto will be the first president ...

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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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