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Syrian city ‘under siege’ by army

Residents in the Syrian city of Homs are calling for western intervention, as activists say the area has come under renewed attack from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Residents told Al Jazeera on Saturday that army tanks were shelling the city. Activists in the Bab Amr district said they had been under seige for the last 48 hours. “There ...

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World leaders gather as Vaclav Havel exits stage left

Dozens of leaders from all over the world were in Prague to attend the state funeral of the dissident writer, who helped to lead Czechozlovakia through the "velvet revolution" to freedom in 1989. The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, her husband, the former president Bill Clinton, President Nicolas Sarkozy, the Prime…

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Egypt: Protests Against Military Spread Beyond Cairo to New Cities

Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Protests calling for an end to military rule broadened from Cairo to other cities on Friday as thousands turned out in anger at widely circulated images of soldiers beating and stripping female demonstrators during a crackdown last weekend. It was the biggest outbreak of demonstrations outside the ...

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Prince Philip has heart surgery

PRINCE Philip had heart surgery on Friday to relieve a blocked artery after suffering chest pains as the Royal family prepared for Christmas. The Queen’s husband was rushed from Sandringham, the royal estate in rural Norfolk, to the top cardiac unit in the United…

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India PM says growth hurt by ‘negative comments’

Indian PM Manmohan Singh has said that criticism of government policies by the country’s business leaders was hurting economic growth. Mr Singh told a meeting of businessmen that was disappointed to hear that government policies were to blame for the industrial slowdown. India’s economy…

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Nigeria coast braces for biggest oil spill in 13 years

LAGOS/LONDON (Reuters) – Nigerian authorities were putting emergency measures in place on Thursday to prevent an oil spill from a Royal Dutch Shell facility, the biggest leak in Nigeria for more than 13 years, washing up on its densely populated coast. Tuesday’s spill, which Shell said happened while a tanker was loading oil, has led to the complete shutdown of ...

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France recommends removal of risky breast implants

PARIS — Tens of thousands of women with risky, French-made breast implants should have them removed at the state’s expense, the health minister recommended Friday, adding that such removals were “preventive” and not urgent. While implants made by Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP, have not been linked to an increased incidence of cancer, the risk that they could rupture and ...

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Iraqi PM threatens to drop Sunni bloc for Shiite rule

REBUFFING a plea by the US administration, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has signalled that he is ready to drop his main coalition partner, the largely Sunni Iraqiya bloc, and move towards a government run solely by Shiite parties. At a news conference where he repeatedly emphasised his own powers under the Iraqi constitution, Mr Maliki all but ignored US ...

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