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Seven killed in Iraqi demonstrations

BAGHDAD: Protesters took to the streets across Iraq today to mark a “Day of Rage”, with thousands flooding Baghdad’s Tahrir Square as seven protesters died in clashes with police in two northern cities.

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UK court grants bail to Shrien Dewani

LONDON: NRI businessman Shrien Dewani, accused of hiring a hitman to murder his Indo-Swedish wife Anni on their honeymoon in South Africa, has been granted bail by a UK court after his father insisted his son would go on to prove his innocence.

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US mulling sanctions against Libya

WASHINGTON: The US has backed a European proposal to expel Libya from the UN’s top human rights body as it stepped up efforts to impose sanctions on the Gaddafi regime, consulting key allies like France, UK and Italy to hammer out a strategy aimed at stopping violence in that country.

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Gaddafi appears on state TV

CAIRO: Facing an unprecedented revolt against his 41-year rule, the Libyan leader, Mr Muammar Gaddafi today appeared on state television dismissing reports that he had fled the country, calling foreign news channels “dogs”.

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Egypt allows Iranian warships through

CAIRO/JERUSALEM: Authorities in Egypt on Tuesday allowed two Iranian warships to pass through the Suez Canal in the direction of the Mediterranean Sea, security sources in Cairo said.

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20 demonstrators dead in anti-govt Libya protests

TRIPOLI, LIBYA:  Libyan protesters seeking to oust their long-time leader, Mr Moammar Gadhafi defied a crackdown and took to the streets in five cities on Thursday on what activists have dubbed a “day of rage,” amid reports at least 20 demonstrators have been killed in clashes with pro-government groups.

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