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Is Zardari’s return home a ‘cameo appearance’?

WASHINGTON: The Pakistan President, Mr Asif Ali Zardari's sudden return home from Dubai could be only for a "cameo appearance" before the fourth death anniversary of his wife Benazir Bhutto and would leave the county permanently.

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Chinese version of Quran

BEIJING: An earliest Chinese version of the holy Quran, a handwritten copy completed in 1912, has been found by Muslim culture researchers in China's northwestern Gansu province.

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Russia suspends verdict on Bhagvad Gita till Dec 28

MOSCOW: A Russian court today suspended its verdict till December 28 on the demand for banning Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, which a group linked to the Christian Orthodox Church has described as 'extremist'.

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North Koreans rally around Kim Jong II’s heir

PYONGYANG:  North Korea today announced the death of supreme leader Kim Jong Il and asked its people to rally behind his young son and heir-apparent, while the world watched for signs of instability in a nation pursuing nuclear weapons.

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200 feared dead as boat sinks in Indonesia

WATULIMO (INDONESIA): More than 200 people were feared dead after a heavily overloaded boat packed mostly with Afghan and Iranian asylum-seekers sank off Indonesia en route to Australia, rescuers said on Sunday.

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Syrian defectors kill 27 soldiers: activists

BEIRUT: Syrian army defectors killed at least 27 soldiers and security forces today in clashes in the southern province of Daraa, activists said, as the unrest in Syria grows more violent and spirals toward civil war.

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French court finds Chirac guilty of corruption

PARIS: A French court found former president Jacques Chirac guilty in a historic verdict today of embezzling public funds to illegally finance the conservative party he long led, and handed him a suspended prison sentence.

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