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Syrian President will use chemical weapons: top defector

LONDON/DAMASCUS: The Syrian President, Mr Bashar al-Assad will use chemical weapons against opposition forces and may have already deployed them, Mr Nawaf Fares, the first Syrian ambassador to defect, said. The most prominent politician to defect, Mr Fares since the uprising against Mr Assad began, insisted that the president's days were numbered but warned he would be prepared "to eradicate the entire Syrian people" to remain in power.

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India must carry out difficult economic reforms: Obama

WASHINGTON: Noting that India prohibited foreign investment in too many sectors such as retail, the US President, Mr Barack Obama on Sunday cited concerns over deteriorating investment climate there to endorse another "wave" of economic reforms.

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Pak govt asked to respond to petitions against contempt law

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Supreme Court has asked the government to respond by July 23 to several petitions challenging a new law aimed at shielding top leaders from contempt charges and preventing possible disqualification of new Prime Minister, Mr Raja Pervez Ashraf.

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Sunita Williams all set for second space sojourn

WASHINGTON: Indian-American Ms Sunita Williams, a record-setting astronaut who lived and worked aboard the International Space Station for six months in 2006, is all set for her second space odyssey.

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Tremseh massacre leaves 200 dead in Syria

BEIRUT: Syrian activists have posted videos they say show at least 17 of the dozens of people reportedly killed in heavy government shelling of a farming village in central Syria.

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Indian in NY pleads guilty to illegal ivory sales

NEW YORK: An Indian-American businessman here has pleaded guilty to selling jewellery and artifacts in Manhattan worth over USD two million made from illegal ivory obtained from endangered and threatened elephants from Africa.

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US probes Michelle Obama death threat from cop

Washington: The US Secret Service said it was investigating a police officer in Washington after he allegedly made a death threat against the first lady, Ms Michelle Obama. "We're aware of the incident, and we're going to take appropriate investigative steps," the spokesperson, Mr Edwin Donovan said after The Washington Post newspaper first reported the incident.

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Pakistan Parliament passes bill to protect leaders from contempt

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan President today signed into law a bill aimed at giving blanket immunity to top government leaders from contempt of court proceedings and countering the Supreme Court's efforts to pressure the premier to revive graft cases against the President, Mr Asif Ali Zardari.

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