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Syrian troops attack residential areas in Hama and Homs

Troops attack Sunni Muslim neighbourhoods from armoured vehicles and strike oil refinery pipeline, causing a major blast Black smoke billows from an oil refinery in Homs, which was shelled by government troops. Photograph: Reuters Syrian forces have launched an offensive on Hama, firing on residential neighbourhoods from armoured vehicles and mobile anti-aircraft guns, opposition activists said. Troops shelled Sunni Muslim ...

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Prison fire kills more than 350 inmates

Tegucigalpa – A massive fire swept through an overcrowded prison in Honduras and killed more than 350 inmates, including many trapped inside their cells, officials said on Wednesday. The attorney general’s office said 357 people died in the blaze that began late on Tuesday night at the prison in Comayagua, about 75 kilometers (45 miles) north of the capital Tegucigalpa. ...

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EU urged to let Greece leave euro

Martin Callanan said the next EU summit, scheduled for March 1, should not seek more cures for the Greek economic crisis but should concentrate on preparing for the country to drop out of the eurozone. Meanwhile the European Commission insisted that Brussels and the other member states still wanted Greece to stay in the eurozone, despite delays by Athens in ...

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Egypt to hold presidential poll ‘in May’

Egypt’s first presidential election since the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak will be held at the end of May, according to the state-owned Al-Ahram daily. Citing a government minister, the newspaper said on Wednesday that the election time frame would give presidential hopefuls three weeks starting on March 10 to declare their candidacy, followed by 45 days of campaigning. ...

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Analysis: Greece heads for record books as economy slumps

LONDON (Reuters) – Entering the fifth year of recession, Greece is writing its name in the book of unwanted records for one of the deepest economic slumps of modern times. The Greek economy shrank 6.8 percent in 2011, leaving the level of output an estimated 16 percent below its pre-crisis peak. Unemployment has soared to more than 20 percent from ...

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US welcomes peaceful rise of China: Barack Obama

Tweet WASHINGTON: While setting a firm tone for future relations between the two world powers, US President Barack Obama Tuesday told visiting Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping that the US welcomes peaceful rise of China. “We believe that it’s critically important that the United…

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Santorum even with Romney in new polls

This is Rick Santorum’s week — in the polls, that is. It was his week last week, at least Tuesday night, when he won contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. He got no guaranteed delegates from those victories, but they surely turned him into the latest matinee idol of conservatives and gave him a tremendous boost in the polls. Four ...

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