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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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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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