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Mass of NDP candidates in Egypt poll raises fear of violence

CAIRO: Egypt’s ruling party will run about 800 candidates for only 508 seats in a parliamentary poll, raising fears of a repeat of the last election’s violence as rivals within the same camp battle it out. The official Al-Ahram newspaper reported on Tuesday that the National Democratic Party is to run 870 candidates in the …

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New Michael Jackson record to be released

A new album by Michael Jackson is to be released next month, including never-before-heard songs by the self-styled King of Pop before his death last year, his record company said Friday. "Michael" has been produced by the late star’s estate in collaboration with Epic Records, which will put a teaser clip on his website this …

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Political change will come in Egypt, says ElBaradei

VIENNA: Former UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei blasted Egypt’s "authoritarian" government and insisted political change was coming, in an interview Saturday with the Austrian daily Kurier. "The more unpopular this regime becomes, the more it realizes how much it is hated, the most authoritarian it becomes," ElBaradei told the newspaper, according to a German transcription …

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Agricultural projects seek to wean Afghans off opium

HEART: Abdul Khaliq Stanikzai says the tiny mound of red and yellow threads in the palm of his hand could help cure Afghanistan of its opium addiction. With agricultural development now seen as pivotal to weaning Afghanistan off drugs and war, multi-million-dollar programs aimed at offering farmers alternatives to poppy production are cropping up nationwide. …

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Republican election gains likely to embolden Israeli PM

JERUSALEM: A weakening of US President Barack Obama’s Democrats in this week’s US Congressional elections would make Israel more resistant to demands for a new freeze on Jewish settlement, analysts say. With peace talks on hold over a dispute about settlements, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is relying on Washington to pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin …

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Arab League urges justice for ‘crimes’ revealed by WikiLeaks

CAIRO: The Arab League called on Friday for those behind the "crimes against humanity" contained in leaked Iraq war documents published by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks to be brought to justice. "These documents and what they have unveiled … constitute a crime equivalent to crimes against humanity and violations against the Iraqi people," said Ahmed …

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Maradona eyes Premier League coaching role

LONDON: Argentina football legend Diego Maradona has revealed his desire to manage in the English Premier League. Maradona is seeking a new challenge after parting company with the Argentina national side which he lead to the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup. The former World Cup-winning captain, who will celebrate his 50th birthday on Saturday, …

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Rooney to be out longer than first thought

LONDON: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney could be out of action for longer than the initial prognosis of three weeks, manager Sir Alex Ferguson said on Friday. Rooney, who signed a new five-year contract at Old Trafford last week after first shocking the club by saying he wanted to leave, is currently on holiday recovering …

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Qatar eyes step one in triple crown

DOHA: Qatar heads for the Asian Games determined that its China campaign will represent the first part of a triple crown of sporting success, with the greatest jewel of all tantalizingly within reach. The tiny Gulf state, which staged the 2006 Games and will host the 2011 Asian Cup, has been a respected, if not …

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Tour de France doping suspects face overnight tests

PARIS: Tour de France riders suspected of doping may face more intrusive testing from next year that could include night-time checks, independent observers for the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) said on Thursday. The International Cycling Union (UCI), accused last year of incompetence and favoritism by the French Anti-doping Agency (AFLD), had invited WADA to make …

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Barca will face transformed Real, warns Ronaldo

MADRID: Barcelona will face a "very different" Real Madrid when the two sides clash next month for the first time since Jose Mourinho took over as coach, Real star Cristiano Ronaldo has warned. "Barca is always a difficult and complicated rival but this year’s Madrid is not the same as last year’s, it is completely …

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Yemen tribesmen free kidnapped Swede: provincial official

ADEN: Yemeni tribesmen freed the Swedish technical director of a cement works in the troubled southern province of Abyan on Friday after holding him overnight, a provincial official told AFP. The Swede, who was kidnapped at gunpoint as he left work in the provincial capital Zinjibar on Thursday to travel to the main southern city …

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Tens of thousands rally for Islamic Jihad in Gaza

GAZA CITY: Tens of thousands of Palestinians turned out for a rally in the Gaza Strip on Friday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the founding of the hardline group Islamic Jihad. Crowds waving the movement’s black banners filled Kuteiba Square in Gaza City, where senior officials were expected to speak beneath massive portraits of …

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Gunmen in deadly attack on NATO trucks in Pakistan

QUETTA: Gunmen in southwest Pakistan on Friday set ablaze two trucks carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing one person and wounding a child, police said. There was no claim of responsibility but the Taliban have mounted similar attacks to avenge US drone strikes killing militant commanders in Pakistan’s northwest and to protest against …

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Three dead in north Yemen clashes: tribal chief

SANAA: Clashes between Shia rebels and a pro-government tribe in the mountains of northern Yemen on Thursday evening killed a tribesman and two rebels, the tribe’s leader told AFP. "Armed Huthis attacked our men early yesterday evening in Nuchur, near Saada town, killing one of them and wounding two," said Fayez Al-Awjari, who is also …

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Lebanon braces for worst as Hezbollah snubs UN Hariri probe

BEIRUT: Lebanon braced on Friday for a fresh political crisis after Hezbollah urged a boycott of a UN-backed tribunal on the murder of Rafiq Hariri and the United Nations warned of a "hyper-dangerous" situation. Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Shia party, called on all Lebanese on Thursday to end cooperation with investigators probing the ex-premier’s …

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Italy requests tougher sentences for CIA abduction

MILAN: Prosecutors on Thursday requested tougher sentences for CIA agents and Italian military intelligence officers convicted last year of abducting an Egyptian imam from the capital in 2003. Prosecutor Piero De Petris asked that the 23 CIA agents, originally sentenced in absentia in November 2009 to up to eight years in prison, have their sentences …

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Israeli translation of Egyptian novel infuriates author

JERUSALEM: The translation into Hebrew of Egypt’s hit novel "The Yacoubian Building" by Israeli peace advocates has infuriated its author, who supports a cultural boycott of the Jewish state. In an email to supporters, the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI) said it was "offering its Hebrew readers the rare privilege of reading a …

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Morocco suspends Al-Jazeera TV: official

RABAT: Morocco has suspended the operations of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television news channel in Rabat and withdrawn the accreditations of its staff, the communications ministry said Friday. The ministry said the sanctions followed "numerous failures in (following) the rules of serious and responsible journalism." The Al-Jazeera bureau chief in Rabat, Palestinian Abdelkader Kharroubi, told AFP …

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Russia calls on US to probe WikiLeaks documents

MOSCOW: Russia on Thursday called on the United States to carry out a detailed investigation into allegations contained in leaked Iraq war documents published by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. "The US authorities bear the responsibility to conduct a thorough, independent and transparent investigation of all the reports that have appeared in the media," the Russian …

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Canadian Muslims erect first minaret in Arctic

OTTAWA: Canadian Muslims have erected the Arctic’s first minaret, atop a little yellow mosque which serves as spiritual home to the area’s fledgling Islamic community. The mosque arrived in Inuvik last month to serve a growing Muslim population in Canada’s far north, after traveling 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) over land and water. The minaret — …

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Egypt backs Palestinian demands as peace impasse persists

RAMALLAH: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Thursday said there had been no "breakthrough" in efforts to revive Middle East peace talks during a rare visit to the West Bank. Aboul Gheit, who was accompanied by Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, reiterated Arab support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ demand that Israeli settlement building …

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IMF says dollar ‘strong’; euro, yen, pound at proper value

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund said the dollar was overvalued on the currency markets, while the euro, yen and pound were in line with fundamentals. "The real effective exchange rates of Japan, the euro area, and the UK all appear broadly in line with medium-term fundamentals, while the US dollar is on the strong side …

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Italy sends back 68 illegal migrants to Egypt

ROME: Italy sent back 68 Egyptians to their country of origin Wednesday after they were intercepted as part of a group of 131 illegal migrants off Sicily earlier this week, the interior ministry said. The 68 were put on a flight from Catania to Cairo. Forty-four minors who were also part of the group detained …

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Myspace rolls out redesign, targets ‘Generation Y’

WASHINGTON: Social network pioneer Myspace unveiled a redesign on Wednesday targeting the "Generation Y" younger audience as it seeks to regain ground lost to Facebook. Myspace, which Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. bought for 580 million dollars in 2005, said its new website and products are intended to "redefine the company as a social entertainment destination …

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Google giving away Google TV devices to developers

WASHINGTON: Google, in a bid to promote and improve Google TV, which seeks to merge television and the Internet, is giving away 10,000 of the devices to developers. Amanda Surya of Google TV’s developer relations team said Google gave away more than 3,000 Google TV devices at a developer’s conference being held this week by …

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Kurdish rebels to spare civilians, favour truce, says leader

ANKARA: Kurdish rebels will no longer target civilians and want to extend a unilateral truce indefinitely if Turkey demonstrates a commitment to dialogue, a rebel leader was quoted as saying Thursday. "We are actually in favour of a permanent ceasefire… We are waiting. We have not decided yet," Murat Karayilan, a top commander of the …

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US troops need help, jobs after years of war, says Mullen

WASHINGTON: Years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan have left their mark on American soldiers and the United States will be grappling with the effects for years to come, the US military’s top officer said on Wednesday. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned of the "untold costs and an …

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US condemns attack on UN team probing Hariri death

WASHINGTON: The United States condemned "in the strongest possible terms" an attack on staffers of a UN court investigation the 2005 killing of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri in Beirut on Wednesday. A security source earlier told AFP a group of angry women charged at two male investigators and their female translator who were on …

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Kuwait court upholds acquittal of alleged Qaeda cell

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s court of appeals on Thursday upheld the acquittal of eight nationals, two of them tried in absentia, of charges of forming an Al-Qaeda cell and plotting attacks against a US military base, their lawyer said. "The appeals court today confirmed the acquittal issued by the criminal court in May against all the …

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