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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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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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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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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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Freezing Europe hit by Russian gas shortage

Freezing weather sweeping across Europe has led to a shortage of vital Russian gas supplies to several countries, officials say. An EU energy spokeswoman said eight countries had seen a reduction in gas due to increased demand in Russia. She said the situation was not an emergency but was being monitored. The cold snap is being blamed for scores of ...

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UN council meeting Saturday to consider Syria

ANITA SNOW Associated Press= UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will meet Saturday morning to take up a much-negotiated resolution on Syria, said a diplomat for a Western nation that sits on the council. The diplomat spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by the press. The confirmation came after the ...

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