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Egypt transition in turmoil on eve of vote

CAIRO: Activists called for a protest on Friday and Islamists warned that the gains of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak could be wiped out after Egypt’s supreme court dissolved parliament and ruled to keep his last premier in this weekend’s presidential race. 

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Syrian army systematically killing civilians, says Amnesty

LONDON: Syrian government forces are killing civilians in organised attacks on towns and villages that amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said on Thursday, citing evidence from over 20 locations in the country's northwest.

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Karzai urges more international support for Afghanistan

KABUL: The Afghan President, Mr Hamid Karzai called today for greater international cooperation to stabilise his war-torn country and defeat Islamist militants, during the latest round of talks on the future of Afghanistan.

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Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan no more

KARACHI: Mehdi Hassan, the India-born ‘Emperor of Ghazals’ who captivated millions of fans in the subcontinent with hits like ‘patta, patta, boota boota’ and ‘ab ke hum bichhade’ in a five-decade-long musical journey, died on Wednesday in a hospital here of multiple organ failure.

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US exempts India from Iran oil sanctions

WASHINGTON: A day before the India-US strategic dialogue here, the US has exempted India and six other nations from its tough Iran oil sanctions for significantly reducing their oil purchases from Tehran.

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Iran confirms agreement on nuclear talks content

TEHRAN: Iran’s top nuclear negotiator on Tuesday confirmed an agreement had been struck with the EU official representing world powers negotiating with Tehran on the content of upcoming talks in Moscow.

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