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Suu Kyi to be set free

LONDON:  Pro-democracy leader, Nobel Laureate and India-educated Ms Aung San Suu Kyi is to be set free, most probably Saturday, after Myanmar’s military junta on Friday signed an order authorising her release.

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Obama lauds inclusive Iraq government amid frictions

APAGHDAD: The US President, Mr Obama praised Iraqi moves to form an “inclusive” government on Friday, but a two-day-old power-sharing deal was already looking fragile after Sunni lawmakers walked out of Parliament, clouding the possibilities for working with the Shiite Prime Minister, Mr Nouri al-Maliki.

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Saudi Arabia on alert for al Qaeda attack on Hajj

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia is on alert for a possible Al Qaeda attack next week during hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage that draws millions of worshippers to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the country’s interior minister
said.

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20 killed in Karachi blast

KARACHI: An investigation has begun into a truck bomb blast that killed 20 people and injured more than 100 in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

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Headley made his children do ‘military drills’ in Chicago park

BOSTON: LeT operative David Coleman Headley had made his children do “military drills” in a Chicago park last summer, according to a law enforcement officer, who said this observation had helped bring the Pakistani-American terrorist “on the radar.”

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India to press for UNSC reform by next year

UNITED NATIONS: India could get a permanent seat on the UN Security Council before the end of its two year term as a non-permanent member, Indian diplomats believe, but US officials say it will take more time as the process is “complex and lengthy”.

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Fire kills 16 in El Salvador prison

SAN SALVADOR: At least 16 people were killed and more than 20 injured in a fire at a prison in El Salvador’s Ilobasco city, authorities said.
“There are 16 dead,” the Salvadoran Red Cross spokesperson, Mr Carlos Lopez said, adding that 26 people were injured.

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Dozens arrested in London after tuition protests

LONDON: At least 51 people have been arrested, authorities said Thursday, after students stormed the headquarters of Britain’s ruling party to protest plans to raise tuition fees.
The students spray-painted anarchy symbols and set off flares before being forced out of the Conservative Party building in London.

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Suu Kyi loses court battle

YANGON: Myanmar’s Supreme Court has refused democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal against her house arrest, an official said today, but hopes for her imminent freedom remained.

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