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Oppn block Maldives President from addressing Parliament

IBRAHIMM, MALE: Angry protesters and lawmakers from the deposed president, Mr Mohd Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) today picketed the Island nations' Parliament in a bid to prevent the head of state from making his first address to the MPs.

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3 dead in French Jewish school shooting

TOULOUSE (FRANCE): A teacher and his two children were shot dead outside a Jewish school in southwestern France today, witnesses said, in the third gun attack in a week by a man who fled on a motorbike.

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Syrian troops and gunmen clash in the capital

BEIRUT: Syrian security forces clashed Monday with gunmen in an upscale neighborhood of the capital Damascus that is home to embassies and senior officials in one of the worst confrontations in the tightly-controlled city centre in the country's yearlong uprising.

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Gauck elected new German President

BERLIN: Civil rights activist, Mr Joachim Gauck was on Sunday elected as Germany’s 11th President with an overwhelming majority, becoming the first candidate from the former communist East Germany to be the head of the state.

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Pope of Egypt’s Coptic Christian church dead

CAIRO: Pope Shenouda III, the charismatic patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt for 4 decades who expanded its presence worldover and worked to keep peace between the Christians and Muslims at home, has died at the age of 88 after battling liver and lung problems for years.

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`Mossad, US agree Iran yet to decide to build N-bomb’

NEW YORK: Though Israel has been pushing for quick and aggressive actions against Iran, its intelligence service Mossad agrees with the US assessments that there is no hard evidence to prove that Tehran has decided to build a nuclear bomb, according to a media report.

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Pak still believes India poses threat to it: Dempsey

WASHINGTON: Pakistan still believes that India poses “existential threat” to them, even as the US has been pulling them closer to the view that the terrorism is the greater danger to it, a top American commander has said.

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