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Syrian city under siege as UN urges action

BEIRUT: Syrian soldiers opened fire in the restive city of Homs on Tuesday and armoured vehicles rolled through its streets, activists said, as the UN secretary-general, Mr Ban Ki-moon urged the world community to take action on Syria.

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Maoist leader Bhattarai sworn in as new Nepal PM

KATHMANDU: The Maoist ideologue, Mr Baburam Bhattarai was today sworn in as Nepal’s new Prime Minister, a day after he was elected by the Constituent Assembly with crucial support of the Madhesi front.

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Moms’ smoking tied to psychiatric meds in kids

NEW YORK: Children whose mothers smoked while pregnant were more likely to end up on medications such as antidepressants, stimulants and drugs for addiction, according to a study from Finland that hints at smoking’s affect on a baby’s developing brain.

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Chocolate’s heart ‘benefits’

PARIS: Chocolate may be good for the heart but cardiologists are not giving you a licence to indulge. New research presented at Europe’s biggest medical meeting today suggested chocolate consumption might be associated with a one third reduction in the risk of developing heart disease.

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Bangladesh rules out inking transit agreement with India

DHAKA: Bangladesh has ruled out inking any transit agreement with India during the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh here, even as it said a major treaty on rail and waterways will be signed to increase connectivity.

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Al-Qaeda’s No 2 killed in US drone attack in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command Atiyah Abd al-Rahman has been killed in a US drone attack in the mountains of Pakistan’s unruly Waziristan region, American officials have said, in a significant blow to the terror group still reeling from the death of Osama bin Laden in May.

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Pak-US ties must be based on trust, says Zardari

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan President Mr Asif Ali Zardari has said that his government believes in a sustainable and multifaceted relationship with the US based on principles of sovereign equality and trust.

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