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Warring parties hold Nepal hostage

KATHMANDU: While Nepal celebrated its biggest religious festival, Dashain  symbolising the victory of good over evil, the nation ironically remained gripped by instability and pessimism as the warring political parties failed to elect a new prime minister even after the 12th round of voting on Sunday. A 13th round was announced for October 26.

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Environment ministers of BASIC to meet in China today

BEIJING: Environment Ministers of India, Brazil, South Africa and China will meet in the Chinese city of Tianjin on Sunday to work out their action plan for the Cancun Climate Summit, even as the preparatory UN climate talks ended Saturday after finalising the "draft decision text".

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29 NATO oil-tankers destroyed in fresh attack

ISLAMABAD: In a fresh assault on tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan, 29 vehicles were destroyed and two security personnel injured during an attack by suspected militants in Balochistan province in southwest Pakistan on Saturday, officials said.

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Chinese dissident Liu wins Nobel Peace Prize

BEIJING/OSLO: Mr Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese dissident, on Friday won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his "long and non-violent struggle" to secure fundamental human rights for his country’s 1.3 billion people, drawing a sharp reaction from Beijing which said the organisers have "desecrated" the award by honouring a "criminal."

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Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel

STOCKHOLM: Peruvian-Spanish author Mario Vargas Llosa won the 2010 Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday, the Swedish Academy said.
 The 74-year-old author, a one-time presidential candidate, is best known for works such as “Conversation in the Cathedral” and “The Feast of the Goat” but is also a prolific journalist.

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