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Christians in delicate position after rebels briefly capture Syrian town

AMMAN: Syrian rebel fighters withdrew on Thursday after briefly capturing a historic Christian town in the centre of the country as part of a campaign to take control of strategic mountains near Damascus, opposition sources said. Several rebel brigades, including a contingent of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, swept into the town of Maaloula in the Qalamoun mountains on Wednesday after ...

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Le Vell ‘dark secrets were affairs’

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell tells a court that “dark secrets” he admitted to were one night stands, not child abuse.

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Iran’s foreign ministry to lead nuclear talks with world powers

DUBAI: President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday the foreign ministry would take over talks with world powers on Iran’s contested nuclear programme, an apparent move to smooth the diplomatic process after years of control by conservative hardliners. Since 2007, sporadic negotiations have been conducted by Saeed Jalili, head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war ...

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MQM denies involvement in the missing containers case

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Raabta Committee on Friday said that the allegations levied on the party in the missing containers case were false. Addressing the press, the MQM said that its claim was also supported by the US Embassy who had said on September 5 that the media suggestions about stolen containers, including those containing weapons and ammunition, were incorrect. MQM leader ...

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US employment rises again in August

The US added 169,000 new jobs in August, adding to signs of a strengthening recovery in the world’s largest economy.

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Mayor: ‘Sustainable’ Sydney

With more than half the world’s population living in cities, there’s never been a more important time for urban leaders to embed sustainability into future city planning. Sydney’s mayor explains how she’s shaped a vision to ensure her city is combating to climate change.

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Last Hitler bodyguard Misch dies

The last surviving witness of Adolf Hitler’s final days, the Nazi leader’s bodyguard Rochus Misch, dies in Berlin.

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Olympics: Cities vie for golden ticket

It worked in 2005 with David Beckham, the impassioned pleas of London school children and the promise that an Olympic Games in the British capital would “Inspire a Generation.”

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Cameron rejects ‘small island’ jibe

David Cameron trumpets Britain’s achievements after comments by a Russian official, as a Tory backbencher insults President Putin on Twitter.

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Holy man castrates self after India guru charged with rape

A Hindu holy man castrated himself in India Wednesday following the arrest of popular preacher Asaram Bapu, revered by millions across the country for his sermons on enlightenment. Police have charged the 72-year old guru with raping a 16-year-old schoolgirl at one of his ashrams, or religious centers, in August.

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Cyprus economy in 5.9% annual drop

The struggling economy of Cyprus has suffered its worst annual contraction since the mid-1970s, according to official figures.

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