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3 |% a0 S* S; M% SThe Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is heading for a comeback as the country's new president after Sunday's elections. Mr Putin claimed victory in front of tens of thousands of cheering supporters outside the Kremlin.
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" o: ^# V5 a0 L6 O' ^! v"Dear friends, first, I want to thank all citizens of Russia who took part in today's election for the president of the Russian Federation. Special thanks of course to those who've gathered here today in Moscow and to all those who support us in every corner of our vast homeland. 0 C( m0 A8 d3 a8 T% N! D: g" h* ?

; ^. e& Y2 Z9 q9 e. p* bThanks to all who said yes to a great Russia. I once asked you 'Will we win?' We have won. We won in an open and honest fight."
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8 M& C7 J+ p4 s4 n3 B2 C  E1 {* cPartial results suggest his share of the vote was about 60%. Counting is still going on. But an opposition activist said there had been fraud on a vast scale despite the presence of thousands of independent observers and web cameras at polling stations. The Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov accused Mr Putin's party of using the might of the state to ensure victory.
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"In honest elections, the huge state machine works according to strict observation of the law to ensure a level playing field for all of the candidates. In this case, the whole of our enormous criminal corrupt state machine worked only for one candidate."
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More than 200 people are confirmed dead after a series of massive explosions at a military base in the Republic of Congo. Hundreds more have been injured. The blasts were caused by a fire at a munitions depot in the capital of Brazzaville. The head of the local health service said the exact number of dead was impossible to confirm because many people were still trapped in their homes. The explosions were felt several kilometres away in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
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President Obama has warned that the US will not hesitate to use force to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but he says diplomacy is still the preferred course. Addressing an influential pro-Israel lobby group, he warned against what he called "too much loose talk of war" in the dispute with Tehran.
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5 C. }' e: c, h  p"I would ask that we all remember the weightiness of these issues, the stakes involved for Israel, for America and for the world. Already, there is too much loose talk of war. Over the last few weeks, such talk has only benefited the Iranian government by driving up the price of oil, which they depend on to fund their nuclear programme."
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% D4 }) q3 r8 ~0 `0 iFor the third day in a row, the Syrian government has blocked the Red Cross from bringing aid into a stricken district of the city of Homs. Jim Muir reports from neighbouring Lebanon.
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A third frustrating day for the International Red Cross and its Syrian Red Crescent partners, obliged once again as night fell to put off their efforts to get into Baba Amr until the morning. A spokesman for the ICRC said the Syrian authorities were refusing access because of the danger of mines and booby traps. But activist groups continue to report arbitrary killings there. The Local Coordination Committees, one of the most active groups, said there had been a systematic pattern of summary executions, in which dozens had been killed since security forces moved in on Thursday. ' a4 s$ \8 G2 C& g  q

) s% x* ~2 t- ?1 }The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he's had a recurrence of the cancer he was treated for last year. Mr Chavez said a lesion he had removed from his pelvic region earlier this week was malignant. In a televised message recorded in Cuba, where he's being treated, Mr Chavez said the tumour had not spread. The president said he'd undergo radiotherapy. The news comes just seven months before presidential elections. 7 ?0 _9 y& @8 [
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Police in Peru say they've captured a man they suspect of leading the remnants of the Shining Path rebel group. They say the man had been reorganising the guerrillas after their previous leader, known as Comrade Artemio, was arrested last month. The Shining Path, a Maoist rebel group, posed a major challenge to the Peruvian state in the 1980s.
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The manager of the English Premier League football club Chelsea, Andre Villas-Boas, has been sacked. A statement from the club, owned by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, said results and performances hadn't been good enough. Villas-Boas, who's Portuguese, has been under intense pressure with Chelsea on the verge of being knocked out of this season's lucrative European Champions League and looking unlikely to qualify next season. His sacking means Chelsea will be looking for their eighth manager since 2003.
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9 G% J) s/ V/ @% E4 d- eFor the second day running, the Red Cross in the Syrian city of Homs says it's given up hope of getting its relief convoy into the stricken district of Baba Amr to deliver aid. Jim Muir is following events from neighbouring Lebanon.
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  ]3 B5 k( Q: H" j& E  l$ PAs night fell, Red Cross officials said they'd given up for the day but would renew their efforts in the morning. They are being told by the Syrian authorities that it's too dangerous for them to go in because of possible mines or booby traps. But Syrian television has been in there showing pictures of massive destruction though it blamed it all on terrorist armed gangs carrying out a foreign plot to destabilise the country. Activists have accused the security forces of carrying out revenge killings and summary executions after they moved in on Thursday following the withdrawal of armed rebels.
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China has called on the Syrian government and the opposition to cease the violence and seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis. The foreign ministry also called on the government of President Bashar al-Assad and the rebels to launch an inclusive dialogue without preconditions mediated by the newly appointed UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. Previously, China and Russia have twice vetoed UN Security Council resolutions calling for an end to violence in the country.
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The Brazilian sports minister has announced that his government will refuse to deal with the Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke after his criticism of Brazilian preparations for the 2014 World Cup. Aldo Rebelo was speaking after Mr Valcke said that Brazil appeared to be more concerned with winning the World Cup than with ** the country ready for the tournament. Paulo Cabral reports from Sao Paulo.
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Brazil's sports minister said the comments made by Fifa's Jerome Valcke were out of order and inappropriate for talks between the Brazilian government and football's governing body. Aldo Rebelo said his government was not prepared to talk to Mr Valcke anymore. In a news conference in London on Friday, the secretary general of Fifa said Brazil needed a "kick up the backside" to speed up its preparation for the World Cup. Fifa's secretary general complained that the construction of the stadium was late, and that public transport and lodging was insufficient.
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The US Department of Justice says it's hopeful there will be swift resolution and compensation payments to plaintiffs harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill two years ago. The comments come after the oil giant BP said it had reached a $7.8bn settlement with more than 100,000 individual and business claimants affected by the spill. The department welcomed BP's approach but added that the United States would continue to pursue BP and other parties over federal law violations and environmental damage to the Gulf of Mexico. Court proceedings are due to start on Monday.
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0 ?5 q, H: h. d. {0 {. T* EThe first polls have opened in Russia's presidential election, where voters in the far east of the country are casting their votes. Opinion polls suggest that Vladimir Putin is a clear front-runner. Four candidates are challenging him. Richard Galpin reports. 3 N  K6 C$ ^+ F; [$ \0 U

9 A& I6 v- h  |  WMore than 90,000 polling stations are opening across this vast country, many of them equipped with web cameras for the first time to monitor voting. The government is reported to have spent almost $500m setting up the cameras and Internet connections in response to the widespread belief that December's parliamentary election was rigged. But opposition activists and some analysts say they still believe the results of Sunday's vote will be manipulated.
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A first hearing of a pre-trial inquiry into the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster has taken place in Italy to shed greater light on the events surrounding the capsizing of the ship in January. More than 30 people are believed to have died in the accident. Alan Johnston reports from Rome. 4 k8 m9 F7 O0 q$ w8 R

7 ]8 J9 p( K1 F% P+ @( p, ABut the core of these proceedings was the handing over of evidence for detailed analysis by a team of court-appointed experts. They are now expected to spend months sifting through this material. The vessel's commander, Captain Francesco Schettino, was not at the hearing. He remains under house arrest, and his relatives say he is both depressed and afraid of what the future holds for him.
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Greek police have arrested 35 people in a series of raids in the north of the country and recovered thousands of ancient coins and other artefacts. One of the suspects was found with more than 4,000 ancient coins in his possession. Greece has been targeted by illegal antiquity traders for decades. Last month, thieves raided the Olympic Games museum in Olympia, stealing more than 70 items after overpowering a female security guard.   F8 t9 I" q3 e

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7 ]% f; C) }3 G2 `The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the Syrian authorities have committed clear and widespread crimes against the country's civilian population. He was addressing the UN General Assembly in New York. Earlier, the International Committee of the Red Cross said its aid convoy in the devastated city of Homs had been denied access to the devastated Baba Amr district. Mr Ban said there were grisly reports coming out of Syria. ! ^; |! }8 `4 A/ F

' e4 U8 y; u6 X) z- Q5 `7 ^"In Homs, Hama and elsewhere, the brutal fighting has trapped civilians in their homes without food, heat or electricity or medical care, without any chance of evacuating the wounded or burying the dead. People have been reduced to melting snow for drinking water. This atrocious assault is all the more appalling for having been waged by the government itself, systematically attacking its own people."
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The Red Cross convoy with seven lorry loads of emergency supplies and three ambulances had arrived in Homs from Damascus early in the day, but it spent hours waiting at the local Syrian Red Crescent headquarters for the go-ahead to move into Baba Amr as planned, only to find it wasn't allowed to move. The ICRC has suspended the planned operation for the night, but says it intends to continue pressing for access as soon as possible. It's clearly alarmed by reports from activist organisations of revenge killings and summary executions perpetrated after the rebel fighters pulled out.
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" T, \- K; L3 H- |, GMeanwhile, accounts have been emerging of life and conditions in Baba Amr under the Syrian shelling. A Spanish journalist, Javier Espinosa, was one of those trapped there. He told the BBC about their dramatic escape trying to pass government lines after nightfall. ( w3 c. x: ^; R( e  u3 e' S0 b- R
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"If there is a simple noise, they detect your presence, they start shooting, and this is what happened. There were a group of kids who were terrified, and they were (yes) saying "mummy, mummy, mummy". We tried to (yes) tell them "Please don't, don't." But it was too late, and they start[ed] shooting, so we had to run for our life, everybody (yes) in one direction to hide. I guess some people died because they were wounded. They could not move very quickly because they were very badly wounded." . m9 b" m& n1 _+ O0 d( z. Q
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Two French journalists, Edith Bouvier and William Daniels, who were smuggled out of Homs by Syrian activists, have now returned to France. Edith Bouvier was seriously injured in the same bombardment that killed the American journalist Marie Colvin and the French photographer Remi Ochlik. . o8 |/ w% c0 x+ L- }

2 _1 q* b! ?$ }0 j; _% l1 VThe top religious council in Afghanistan has demanded those responsible for burning copies of the Koran on a Nato base should be tried in public and punished. The religious council said apologies would never be enough. The incident has led to several deaths. : C7 Y! N2 W2 J: \, w: h& L+ L

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" R: c# g( w7 B0 @The secretary general of football's world governing body Fifa, Jerome Valcke, has expressed concern about Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup. James Read reports.
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# j: O1 y0 {; g5 a; D) OWith their flair and skill, Brazil's footballers have delighted fans around the world for decades. But Fifa is less than pleased with the way the country is preparing to host the World Cup in two years' time. Jerome Valcke said not a lot was working and the organisers needed, as he put it, a "kick up the backside". He added that Brazil appeared to be more concerned with winning the World Cup than running it. The comments will not go down well in Brazil, where Fifa's demands on ticketing, marketing and alcohol sales have provoked widespread opposition. % {8 z+ o* J1 ^. I- D
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The authorities in the United States say they've uncovered a huge international smuggling ring stretching from the US to China. Federal officials said arrests were going on in New Jersey, New York, Texas and the Philippines. And more than 26 American and Chinese nationals have been charged with trying to smuggle more than $300m worth of counterfeit goods from China into the United States. $ W' F& N5 A7 p' d) u2 n/ l1 V

# l7 l+ J( d2 WFinally, a musical society devoted to the works of Mozart says an Austrian university researcher has found a previously unknown piano piece by the composer dating from about 1780. Bethany Bell reports from Vienna. 2 Q) q8 R; L. B& l3 S/ w( [

( Q0 }) ~0 T: q+ B% J* \: nPosthumous discoveries of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are not unknown, but they are rare. The Mozarteum Foundation says this piece was discovered by an academic at the University of Innsbruck in a music book dating from around 1780. The Mozarteum says the handwriting is that of a Tyrolean copyist, but the piano work itself is clearly attributed to the young Wolfgang Mozart. Few other details have been released, but the Mozarteum says the work is certainly by Mozart. 9 b. N% X' V/ l
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2 ?) K( K* m. [The International Committee of the Red Cross says the Syrian government has given it permission to enter the besieged district of Baba Amr in Homs tomorrow just hours after opposition fighters retreated. Carla Mardini is a spokeswoman for the ICRC in Geneva. 7 V2 |8 t5 `: G7 A3 V% U/ |
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"We'll be bringing in food and medical aid. As to the figures of the teams, this is being organised right now, so I can't give you more. We also don't have the figures of how many people were seriously wounded or dead. We'll have to see what the situation is on the spot. It's a priority for us to enter so we can assess the situation on the ground and decide how we're going to respond the most efficiently and the most rapidly."
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Earlier, opposition fighters in Homs announced that they were staging what they called a "tactical withdrawal" from Baba Amr. It's been a major opposition stronghold and has faced weeks of heavy shelling from government forces with reports of hundreds of deaths. Syrian officials say the army is now in control of the area. $ g* n7 @3 u& o  @  C

$ k% O4 H; F+ v. j& s' S3 [In another development, the United Nations Security Council has unanimously demanded immediate humanitarian access to Syria, and the statement was backed by China and Russia, who until now have resisted any moves to condemn Syria or take action against it. Jane O'Brien reports from Washington.
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The unanimous statement deploring the rapidly deteriorating situation in Syria brings a glimmer of hope that China and Russia may be joining UN efforts to address the violence. The Security Council expressed disappointment that the UN humanitarian aid chief Valerie Amos has been barred from the country and demanded that she be given immediate access. And the UN has been divided in its response with Russia and China refusing to back resolutions condemning the government's actions.
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Meanwhile, reports from Lebanon say the French journalist Edith Bouvier, who was wounded in heavy shelling in the Syrian city of Homs last week, has arrived in the country. She's said to have been accompanied by the French photographer William Daniels, and it's expected that they will now be flown to France. 2 j2 i& a% p& }+ L

7 N( ?) C3 }1 bSeventeen foreign democracy activists, including a number of Americans, at the centre of a row between Egypt and the United States have left Cairo after a travel ban was lifted. They'd been prevented from leaving the country after being charged with receiving illegal funding from overseas and accused of stirring up unrest. From Cairo, here's Jon Leyne. 3 y( Q7 j) I4 q! x+ N

5 h7 Q- u9 ^' M8 A! {& o: @This case has caused one of the biggest rifts between Egypt and the West for years. What really caused outrage in Washington was when the Americans were stopped from leaving the country. Some of them took refuge in the US embassy. So as soon as the travel ban was lifted, a US military plane arrived in Cairo to take them home. However, the case is still being pursued. They could be tried and convicted in their absence, and the Egyptians involved still face legal proceedings.
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The unemployment rate in countries using the euro reached a record 10.7% in January. It's estimated that almost 17 million people were out of work. But there are enormous differences between individual countries. In Austria, unemployment was only 4%, compared to 23.3% in Spain.
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0 K: m8 n3 F6 T( x4 d5 HPakistan says it'll press ahead with plans to build a pipeline importing gas directly from Iran despite strong criticism from the United States. Aleem Maqbool reports. 7 @3 c. M8 I8 G, j

6 o8 L7 ?6 u0 r7 p9 s# N5 RGiven that it comes at a time when America is encouraging more economic pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme, Hillary Clinton said it was inexplicable that Pakistan was pursuing this deal. It'll mean the creation of a gas pipeline that's ultimately expected to benefit Iran to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. The US secretary of state said if it went ahead, it could lead to sanctions being imposed on Pakistan. But the country's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said no third country could dictate the relationship between Islamabad and Tehran.
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Nigerian leaders have been paying their final respects at the funeral of a man whose 1967 declaration of an independent Biafran Republic sparked a civil war. Thousands attended the funeral service of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, a former military governor of the eastern region. He accused the federal government of killing thousands of Igbos and became their leader. Around a million people died, mainly of disease and starvation, in the ensuing civil war between 1967 and 1970.
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The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he's recovering well after surgery in Cuba earlier this week for a suspected recurrence of the cancer which was discovered in his pelvis last year. Speaking from Cuba, he said his recovery was accelerating.
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The United States has welcomed an announcement by North Korea that it will halt its uranium enrichment programme and suspend nuclear and long-range missile tests. Washington described the measures as a positive first step towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Steve Kingstone reports.
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This announcement follows talks between American and North Korean officials in Beijing. In a written statement, Victoria Nuland of the US State Department said the North Koreans had agreed to suspend uranium enrichment at the Yongbyon nuclear plant and to allow UN inspectors to return to the site. In return, the US is offering 240,000 tonnes of food aid. It's come two months after the death of North Korea's long-standing leader Kim Jong-il. The question now is whether his son and successor Kim Jong-un will engage in broader talks about disarmament.
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The South African youth leader Julius Malema has been expelled from the governing African National Congress. Mr Malema says he's been persecuted for advocating that the party should adopt a policy to nationalise mines and replace his former ally President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader. Milton Nkosi reports from South Africa. # h1 @6 Y- Y1 i- j) {3 z- M3 n
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In a statement, the chairman of the party's disciplinary committee, Derek Hanekom, said the 30-year-old youth league leader violated the ANC's constitution. The controversial youth leader was sentenced to a five-year suspended sentence in November last year, but he appealed against the sentence. The ANC's appeals committee led by veteran leader and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa looked into his plea and still found him guilty on the charges of sowing divisions within the party and for bringing the ANC into disrepute. , V8 A9 G) t# p% i+ ^! \# G% ]
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Syrian government forces are reported to have tried to advance into the district of Baba Amr in Homs as they unleash their heaviest bombardment so far on the area. Government officials said they would clear out opposition fighters in a matter of hours. Jim Muir reports from neighbouring Lebanon.
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+ x) g+ C* L: N/ }- V0 ^: QExplosions echoed around all parts of Homs as the attack on Baba Amr quarter got underway. Sources on both sides said government troops tried to advance into the embattled quarter on several fronts after weeks of heavy bombardment. Regime officials in Damascus told reporters that clearing out the rebels would only take a few hours and that it had already become a mopping-up operation. But activist postings on the Internet said the Free Syrian Army fighters had repelled repeated attacks by army forces and inflicted heavy losses.
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Non-governmental organisations operating in Zimbabwe say they will defy a government ban to work in the country. Last weekend at his 88th birthday celebrations, President Robert Mugabe attacked the mainly foreign NGOs for being partisan and ordered them to leave. The NGOs say that intimidation is now happening on a national scale and is being carried out by supporters loyal to the president. 7 g+ M7 N$ G" r0 q" \

4 e  [# _3 R2 Y- EThe iPhone and iPod manufacturer Apple is now reckoned to be worth $500bn. Its market capitalisation broke through the $0.5tn mark on the New York Stock Exchange early on Wednesday. Mark Gregory reports. 9 I5 P) Z" l& l! d
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The latest climb in Apple's stock market value came amid reports that it will unveil a next generation of iPad tablet computers next week.
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Apple was already the world's biggest company measured by the value of its shares, worth about $90bn more than its nearest rival, the oil giant Exxon. And now following another surge in the share price, Apple has become only the sixth American corporation ever to have a market capitalisation of above $500bn.
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4 v9 I+ R7 n* [* w5 e( ?Reports from the Seychelles say the government believes the operation to rescue a stricken cruise liner has been affected because the fishing boat towing it to land refused help from tugboats. The Seychelles' home affairs minister said the financial objectives of the French fishing boat may have been put ahead of the interests of the passengers and crew of the Costa Allegra. A spokesman for the liner said it didn't use the tugs because the fishing vessel guaranteed the smoothest voyage.
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4 z, d2 A# U( V2 m* A& j( p! ^The 28,000-tonne liner, the Costa Allegra, belongs to the same Italian cruise line as the Costa Concordia, which went aground off the coast of Italy last month with a loss of more than 30 lives. Rome coastguards say three merchant ships and two fishing boats in the area have been directed towards the stricken vessel. The authorities in the Seychelles have also dispatched a tugboat, a coastguard ship and a plane to the area where the Allegra is drifting without power.
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" [+ T9 e% t- K) @The Syrian government says around 90% of those who voted in the referendum on Sunday approved the constitutional changes put forward by President Bashar al-Assad. His opponents rejected the vote as a farce. The American State Department said it was absolutely cynical to hold the referendum when Syrian government guns and tanks were still firing into Syrian cities. Activists say at least 40 people were killed today. With more, Jim Muir. $ P& `4 q- Q* s6 P3 S% G
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As reports of violence came in from many parts of the country, the interior minister announced the results of the referendum on the constitution. The referendum results showed a turnout of just 57% of the electorate. Of those who voted, nearly 90% said yes, but three quarters of a million people voted no. The figures were probably much more credible than the opposition and its supporters had expected they would be. Under the new constitution, the next step should be general elections within 90 days with a number of newly licensed parties for the first time competing with the ruling Baath party.
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/ D) W# a1 r& K1 y& i. d) T, zThe Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sue Akers, said there had been a culture of illegal payments at The Sun newspaper to people in government, the health service and the armed forces. Some informants had received thousands of dollars in return for information. The Sun is owned by the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
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. K2 }& b0 \4 c8 l"The abusive press has been defeated, the same press which in the face of the decisive defeat of the right has become politically belligerent, a press which lashes out in an illegitimate, dishonest and arrogant manner against the democratic achievements of our people. We can forgive, but we can't forget."
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; v  J% d1 |* y; L8 T/ p8 j1 K, wJames Ibori was once one of Nigeria's richest and best-connected politicians. During his time in office, he amassed a vast personal fortune.
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' F4 M+ \. n( W7 _! s6 SBritish police seized $35m in accounts he controlled even though his official salary was a relatively modest $25,000 a year. He was extradited to Britain from Dubai last year after the failure of a similar case against him in Nigeria itself. . v6 T" S" {5 \3 i. f
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The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has voted in a referendum on a new constitution which he says is designed to turn Syria into a beacon of democracy. Opposition groups have dismissed the vote as a sham. They said at least 30 people were killed on Sunday, many of them in the continuing onslaught on the central city of Homs. Jim Muir reports.
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+ ^0 T6 Y" \: z: ~+ ]0 WVoting seemed to go normally in Damascus and some other areas, and polling was even extended till late in the evening. But in some of the more troubled places like parts of Homs, there weren't even any polling stations. The Americans are among those who've derided the referendum, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that there's no quick way forward in trying to boost the opposition and oust President Assad. As the conflict grinds on, Homs has again been the focus of much of the violence with the besieged rebel-held quarter of Baba Amr among several to be bombarded.
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The central bank of Syria has urged Syrians holding foreign currency in violation of regulations to exchange the money within 30 days. Those who don't do so have been warned they'll face arrest, and the central bank has published a list of alleged violators on its website. The move comes as the Syrian financial system tries to cope with international economic sanctions. + J" ]7 {( W* d9 D: J4 G. R
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The Farc pledged to not only release the remaining political hostages they hold, but to halt their long-term policy of kidnap for ransom - one of their principal sources of income. The announcement is a direct response to government calls to the rebels to halt their involvement in kidnapping as a precondition to peace talks. The new Farc commander in chief Rodrigo Londono, better known by his rebel alias of Timochenko who took over leadership in November last year after his predecessor was killed in combat, has made what amounts to a significant concession, hoping to open the doors to dialogue.
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" \7 \8 v& _( F, e; v6 fA suicide car bombing at a church in the Nigerian city of Jos has sparked reprisals by angry Christian youths. Three people were killed and nearly 40 wounded in the initial attack outside the church during a morning service. Mark Lobel reports. 7 S5 P. I" k% V  y- U. B+ e; M
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; R1 g- D5 l; K1 U7 y; [$ uAustralia's governing Labor party is holding a leadership election in a few hours' time to resolve the bitter personal rivalry between the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her predecessor Kevin Rudd. Several opinion polls suggest that the Australian public prefers Mr Rudd.
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# v7 P8 M& c9 s# e; uStars and celebrities of the American film industry have gathered in Hollywood for their annual award ceremony, the Oscars. This year, a silent movie filmed in black and white, The Artist, is tipped to do well. It's been nominated in 10 categories. Another strong favourite for a prize is the American actress Meryl Streep. She's hoping to win her third Oscar for her portrayal of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. % b( F2 K9 _" K  Y# n5 [

7 q1 l* \" J% f% C( A* Y/ ^One of the world's finest classical trumpet players, Maurice Andre, has died aged 78. Andre inspired many 20th century composers to write works for him, and some musicologists believe he did more than any other player to popularise the trumpet. Vincent Dowd has more. # L% I8 S3 V2 C( k0 U1 \1 X- W5 J

- @2 y. ^3 }, Y2 GBorn in the Cevennes region of France, Maurice Andre seemed set to become a miner like the rest of his family. But a family friend spotted his talent as a musician, and he won a place at a conservatoire. By his mid-20s, he was a trumpet player of superb technique and great accuracy. But also with that indefinable musicality which kept him in demand for decades with orchestras, Maurice Andre did much to establish the modern view of the once neglected Baroque music of the 17th and 18th centuries. ) g! w: l- ^5 q! j: R

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4 S9 U3 |* x" i# I0 ~& E"The committee reported today and decided to postpone the announcement of the election timetable until a solution is reached, one that guarantees that Egyptians living abroad will be able to cast their votes in a suitable time frame, ensuring that their role in determining the fate of their country is real and not merely a token one." * n; e/ y: e, a8 `

0 X' |2 t( {: xIn recent days, other government officials have given two different dates. A BBC correspondent says the confusion suggests a battle among Egypt's military rulers, perhaps about the terms of handing power over to civilians.
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It's the first camp to be set up for Syrians in Jordan since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began 11 months ago.
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6 t. `/ z* Z* x* |2 J3 k& D  A% \Aid officials estimate more than 10,000 Syrian refugees already live in Jordan, mostly in private apartments. But they say the numbers are growing as the Syrian military escalates attacks on restive cities, such as Homs in the north and Deraa in the south. The UN refugee agency in Jordan says the group has assisted the Jordanian government with preparations for the refugee camp. , x4 N. D# Q+ R0 S
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Hundreds of thousands of people have rallied in towns and cities across Spain to oppose the government's latest austerity measures. As the government tries to stimulate the economy by changing employment laws, trade unions say workers' rights are being eroded. The biggest demonstration was in Madrid, where the centre of the city was packed with people calling for a general strike. Among them was this woman who says the changes go too far. 4 ~6 s/ l$ K, L: J' }4 q( c

, b5 w* \3 L5 P) F) E"I think they're ** big cuts to workers' rights. And with around five million unemployed, they haven't come up with any important ideas on how to create jobs. What the reforms really do is further limit the capacity of people to spend." / |5 ?( i3 Z$ r4 c8 Y0 \

/ M( u! {9 T6 ]" U3 s, x! DAt least 44 people have died in a prison fight in northern Mexico. Security officials said members of rival drug cartels confronted each other with stones and homemade weapons. An investigation is underway to establish if some of the prison guards colluded in the fight by unlocking the doors, separating two wings of the prison. Deadly fights between rival gangs are not uncommon in Mexico's notoriously overcrowded and corrupt prison system.
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$ T- f" I* \5 v& a3 F7 b) NA former East German human rights activist Joachim Gauck is to be Germany's next president - a largely ceremonial role. Officials said Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government and the main opposition parties had agreed on Mr Gauck's nomination. The previous President Christian Wulff, an ally of Mrs Merkel, resigned on Friday over a loan scandal. Mr Gauck stood against Mr Wulff for the presidency in June 2010 but was defeated after three rounds of voting.
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Iran says that it's halted oil sales to France and Britain in retaliation for a European Union ban on Iranian oil which takes effect in July. A spokesman said Iran would instead sell its oil to new customers. Our correspondent Joe Lynam says the move will have little impact.
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1 T% b, p& H6 H* R& E3 [What I think is interesting is that they have picked out Britain and France specifically because Britain and France are major diplomatic players of course, but they are not major purchasers of Iranian oil. If they really want to make an anti-EU statement, they would just say 'We are banning oil exports to the European Union.' But that would shoot themselves in the foot because Italy accounts for 7% of Iran's exports of oil, Spain about 6% and Greece around 3%. So they're diplomatically slapping Britain and France in the face, but it will have no impact on France or British supplies of oil because they don't buy that much.
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German police say that they've released without charge a British heavyweight boxer, Dereck Chisora, after a brawl in Munich involving another British heavyweight, David Haye. Blows were exchanged at a news conference after Chisora lost a fight in the city against the reigning WBC champion Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine.
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Western leaders have condemned the killing of one of the world's most celebrated war correspondents, the American Marie Colvin, in the Syrian city of Homs. A French photo journalist Remi Ochlik was also killed. They died when a house they were reporting from was shelled by Syrian government forces. From Beirut in neighbouring Lebanon, Jim Muir reports. 8 ~2 V, y+ V  ]  r  C

) ^+ z3 l; ~5 r" rThe bombardment of Baba Amr resumed in the early morning with rockets and artillery shells smashing into the already devastated quarter where several hundred rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army are believed to be holding out. Among the many victims were the veteran Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and the French photo journalist Remi Ochlik. They died when shells racked a makeshift press centre. Marie Colvin's trenchant and compassionate reporting and now her death along with Remi Ochlik have focused international attention even more on the plight of thousands of civilians trapped in Baba Amr.
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Ethiopian troops backed by forces of the Somali interim government have taken control of the central city of Baidoa from the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. The city fell without a battle when the Islamists withdrew. They say they will instead wage a guerrilla campaign.
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Outside the court, demonstrators called for the death penalty for Hosni Mubarak. But they were well outnumbered by the riot police. The last day of the trial was a pale shadow of the dramatic opening since last August when the former president was wheeled into court on a stretcher. Since then, remarkably little has emerged to shed light on what happened during the 18 days of revolution last year. 3 i. G+ h+ Q4 \+ u) D

- h! V4 G* {  W6 P0 S) u$ zDivers working on the wreck of the cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, have found eight more bodies inside, including the only child listed missing. The ship ran aground last month off the coast of Italy. Alan Johnston reports from Rome.
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Rough seas have hampered efforts by rescue workers to bring all the dead ashore and identify them. But the authorities say that among those found were the remains of a woman and a child. This is thought to be the body of a little girl called Dayana Arlotti, who was five years old. She was the only child listed as missing after the disaster. Altogether 25 bodies have now been found on the wreck. Another seven people are still unaccounted for. 5 V) _; L( X8 s; @
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A train crash in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires has killed at least 49 people. Hundreds more were injured when the crowded commuter train smashed into the buffers as it came into one of the city's busiest stations. Argentina's transport minister said the train's brakes appeared to have failed.
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The Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos has said that the new European bailout deal currently being discussed in parliament is of historic significance. He said success would bind Greece to the euro and shield it from default. Mr Venizelos said that in ** the deal, worth more than $170bn, Greece's European partners were ** a political commitment to support it for as long as it takes return to the financial markets.
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6 S4 x  A# w: o8 k8 H"Legislation needs to be passed. We have to be much more stringent and having zero tolerance at obvious overt racism at football stadiums -on and off the field. So, yeah, it was more about the stakeholders of Premier League, the PFA, everybody coming together, and then hoping the next coming month for them to be legislature pass to make it not ambiguous in any way whatsoever as to what is allowed and what's not allowed." 3 b- ?% M1 d* o2 m+ L5 O7 q  f
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8 X) [- k1 k! @+ S1 J& d" `8 uSyrian opposition activists say more than 80 people have been killed by government forces mainly in northern Syria on Tuesday. About 30 died during the heavy bombardment of the city of Homs. Jim Muir reports from Beirut.
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9 {; s, q+ d# c# f" A9 @' HIt was a relentless bombardment. For well over two hours, shells and rockets – several hundred of them – smashed into Baba Amr, where activists say some houses were reduced to rubble. It wasn't clear whether this was the prelude to a big ground offensive. The government has said the action at Homs will continue until all pockets of what it calls 'armed terrorists' are wiped out.
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# @2 g5 ]  L: D: x7 ~* N8 {The Venezuelan President Hugo Charvez says he's going to have a further operation for cancer months after he announced that he'd beaten the disease. The left-wing leader, who's governed Venezuela for 13 years, is standing for re-election in October. From Caracas, here's Sarah Grainger. 9 y& P  c- q+ l$ u) ~* ]. d" y

2 A5 z% t2 p  a7 A" t/ ~After several rounds of operations and chemotherapy last year, President Charvez had insisted he'd beaten cancer and was fully recovered. Rumors that that was not the case began to surface over the weekend, prompting the president to address the issue during a public event on Tuesday. He admitted he'd recently travelled to Cuba for medical consultation. Doctors there had found a new lesion in the same area as the president's previous tumor. Surgery to remove the growth will take place in the coming days.
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4 _& U' U) S$ ^0 q1 y# S7 r4 WAt least nine people have been killed in clashes in Yemen, where elections have been taken place for a new president to replace Ali Abdullah Saleh who is in power for 33 years. Yemen's Vice-President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi is the only candidate. The violence followed a call for a boycott of the vote by separatists in southern Yemen. But the BBC's Rupert Wingfield Hayes in the capital Sanaa says voting in much of the country has been peaceful. 0 `, G* R) q4 A$ d
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Election officials say, so far this polling station, roughly 45% to 50% of the registered voters have come. There's obviously no question over who people are voting for – there's only one candidate. But that isn't really the point. This election isn't about really choosing a new leader; it's about putting a seal on the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
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9 o. {( E3 p: H7 rGreek government ministers are discussing how to implement emergency legislation needed as part of the eurozone bailout package agreed in the early hours of Tuesday. After returning from negotiations in Brussels, the Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said his heavily indebted country had avoided, as he put it, the nightmare scenario. But he said much work remain to extricate Greece from an economic crisis. Mark Lowen reports from Athens. + ^" ~7 R4 [: ]/ \9 I6 W5 w* o
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It took weeks of miss deadlines and crisis talks in Athens, and hours of high stakes negotiations in Brussels, but finally, Greece has been spared the nightmare of imminent bankruptcy and departure from the euro. The country has secured its bailout and much needed breathing room with 130-billion-euro loan. At least half of the debt Greece owes to private creditors will be written off – around 100 billion euros, but Athens has tough demands placed upon it in return: it must accelerate reforms, cutting thousands of public sector jobs, and slashing the minimum wage and pensions. 1 L* T) b7 f! w3 `
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The former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo is in Senegal in an effort to in the country's political crisis. Protests are continuing against President Abdoulaye Wade's decision to stand for a third term in this weekend's elections. Earlier, police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who'd converged on the center of the capital Dakar. The musician, Youssou Ndour, who's not been allowed to run for the presidency, joined the protesters in the biggest rally. * ^& q3 J3 m) |1 r+ d3 j$ V. |
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The funeral of the American singer Whitney Houston has just ended in Newark, New Jersey. It took place in a Baptist church, where she first began her singing career as a child. After many tributes by friends and family, the service concluded with a recording of Whitney Houston's greatest hit I Will Always Love You. As part of the ceremony, Stevie Wonder performed his hit Love's in Need of Love Today.
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There's been violence in the Syrian capital Damascus, where a Chinese diplomatic mission has met President Bashar al-Assad and called for restraint in the conflict between his forces and the opposition. A funeral in Damascus turned into one of the biggest demonstrations yet seen there. Opposition activists said at least one person was killed when security forces opened fire. Another 12 people were reported killed in other parts of the country.
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Diplomats at the United Nations nuclear watchdog in Vienna say that Iran is on the verge of greatly expanding its nuclear programme at an underground site. They say it's preparing to install thousands of new machines for enriching uranium at the facility near the city of Qom. Bethany Bell reports. 3 A# c2 [+ v, i4 E) i1 n3 n# C! N
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New-generation centrifuges could greatly speed up the production of material that could be used for nuclear warheads. Western countries fear that Iran is secretly trying to develop a nuclear bomb, and they've increased international sanctions. But Tehran says its nuclear work is purely peaceful. This week, inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog will be holding talks in Tehran to address the concerns about Iran's controversial nuclear work.
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0 {! E# i& ?1 F4 f7 |9 e4 J$ u& oThe security forces have engaged in street running battles, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at scores of youth who have mounted barricades, setting ablaze tyres and throwing stones back at the police. This is happening right in the centre of the capital, just a few blocks away from the main square of the city's business centre, where the protesters were hoping to hold a rally. Just about a week ahead of the election, they say they will continue to protest until the incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade withdraw his candidacy for a third term. Thomas Fessy reporting
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Somali leaders have signed an agreement which they hope will end the country's crisis. Somalia has been without a central government for the last 20 years. Martin Plaut has the details.
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The plan envisages a new smaller parliament with an upper chamber of elders. Thirty per cent of MPs will be women. The constitution would provide for a federal system of government building on the autonomous regional assemblies that already exist. The agreement - signed by the current government, two regional administrations and a pro-government militia - will be discussed at next week's London conference on Somalia. But the Islamist group al-Shabab, which holds much of the centre and south of the country, did not participate in the agreement. ( Z$ u- s* t. V3 v; ~% ?% v

" U# p& Z4 |) |$ @6 U+ l8 o' Q" \7 fReports from Russia say that 17 security personnel have been killed during four days of fighting on the Chechen-Dagestan border in the North Caucasus. Seven insurgents were also killed in what's been the worst violence in the region in months. Russia is facing an Islamist insurgency along its southern border more than a decade after it defeated a separatist movement in Chechnya. ; v  Z" \$ w$ Y' s# J
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Votes are being counted in the Baltic republic of Latvia in a referendum on whether Russian should become the second official language. The Central Election Commission said around two thirds of registered voters participated. Ethnic Russians, who make up a third of Latvia's population of about two million, feel discriminated against as proficiency in Latvian is needed to become a citizen and to vote. 9 w( X6 x6 Y, T# F& d% A$ `1 |
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The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is expected to be questioned next week by police investigating an alleged prostitution ring. Sources familiar with the case say he's been summoned for questioning on Tuesday about sex parties that allegedly took place at restaurants and swingers' clubs in cities including Paris and Washington. Mr Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the IMF in May after he was accused of trying to rape a New York hotel maid. That case collapsed. # d' t0 H8 O. b5 A' E/ {

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* `, Z6 M) ]+ a% kThe United Nations says the number of Malian refugees fleeing the fighting between Tuareg rebels and the military has doubled over the past 10 days. It says more than 44,000 have crossed into neighbouring countries. Martin Plaut reports.
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People have been crossing in their thousands into Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso, where the UNHCR has been registering them. The conflict has been fierce with government forces using helicopter gunships in an attempt to retake towns seized by the rebels. Amnesty International described the fighting, which erupted in January, as the worst human rights crisis in northern Mali for 20 years.
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This is a case of attempted international fraud on the most extraordinary scale. The police say that the $6tn worth of counterfeit US bonds were seized in Switzerland. They were found in fake American Federal Reserve security boxes in a raid in January. And now several arrests have been made in different parts of Italy. Investigators say the gang may have been planning to sell the bogus bonds to investors in emerging economies or to more mainstream brokers. 3 i$ h$ h8 W# e  v/ y, I
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The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton say they are cautiously optimistic that talks with Iran about its nuclear programme might resume. The assessment comes after Iran's nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili sent a letter to Baroness Ashton saying Tehran was ready to restart discussions.
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* M' n; e  L  S' @5 g/ FAmerican security officials say the man, who's of Moroccan descent, had entered the United States with a family member and had overstayed his visa. From Washington, here's Adam Brookes.
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; C$ p& o8 u7 P: MThe head of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, has told staff at the biggest-selling British tabloid, The Sun, that he's lifting the suspension of 10 journalists arrested over alleged bribery. Announcing that the paper would bring out an edition on Sundays, he said the staff had his unwavering support, but added that illegal activities would not be tolerated. Journalists were angry that information passed to the police by News Corporation had led to the arrest of colleagues suspected of paying police to divulge confidential information. # a5 I0 u! {: ?# v

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The Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhai Jun has arrived in the Syrian capital Damascus in an effort to mediate a day after China voted against a second UN resolution condemning violence by the Syrian government. Anti-government activists say 40 people were killed on Friday, some by security forces who opened fire on protesters after Friday prayers. 7 V) e6 P# K( d$ I7 c

; K& \& M+ U( t: E* W1 o" RThe World Health Organisation says new research into the H5N1, or bird flu virus, should not be published in full until further analysis of the risks is carried out. The researchers have modified the H5N1 virus so that it might be passed from human to human. Imogen Foulkes reports from Geneva.
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Many scientists believe research into bird flu is essential to develop vaccines and treatments, but public health officials fear a mutant virus created in the laboratory could become a weapon in the hands of terrorists. The meeting in Geneva agreed only that publishing research in full was preferable to developing a way to partially censor it, but no date has been set for publication. In the meantime, a moratorium on research into bird flu has been extended indefinitely.
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Eleven people died when a motorcycle packed with explosives went off outside the police station in Tumaco on the Pacific coast. Four of the suspects are accused of handling the explosives, a fifth with providing a safe house. Police accused all five of belonging to the country's largest rebel group, the Farc.
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" \/ S$ S& H6 b1 _And a member of the Dutch royal family, Prince Johan Friso, has been seriously injured after being buried under an avalanche in the Austrian Alps. Prince Friso, who's a son of Queen Beatrix, was on a skiing holiday near the resort of Lech when the accident happened. He's reported to be in a critical condition. The Alps have experienced heavy snow in recent weeks.
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Police and protesters in Greece have fought pitched battles outside parliament in Athens as MPs debated another round of austerity measures. Police fired tear gas at demonstrators who hurled stones, petrol bombs and flares. Several buildings were set ablaze. One person at the demonstrations, Thomas Lamaris, explained why he was protesting.
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9 I& K& b  C( Y; f! a6 @9 PParliament is expected to vote in the next few hours on further budget cuts needed if Greece is to secure billions of dollars more in bailout money from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Mark Lowen, in Athens, sent this assessment.
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$ U3 W; {$ H4 ~6 }5 O5 {! xIn reality, the bailout package is likely to pass because the coalition commands a large majority of MPs inside the parliamentary chamber, so even if there is a rebellion of sorts, it will probably still win the majority approval. But all eyes really among Europe are on Athens tonight because if Greece were to declare bankruptcy, to potentially leave the euro, then the whole ideological basis of the European project could start to unravel. This is where Europe's sovereign debt crisis began about two years ago, and once again tonight, Athens is taking centre stage.
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The Arab League has decided to ask the UN Security Council to set up a joint peacekeeping mission to end the violence in Syria. The decision was taken at a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo. From there, Jeremy Bowen reports. 0 L  E  s: K/ V" t1 U1 k9 w
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The meeting ended without a news conference, but a statement was circulated that contained the Arab League's toughest language so far about the Syrian crisis. It remains to be seen how much of it will turn into concrete action. The statement called for the opening of communications and the financing of the Syrian opposition. It also called for a peacekeeping force approved by the UN to supervise a ceasefire, but without detailing the kind of force the Arab League had in mind. Perhaps they couldn't agree on that. But the fact that the league is even considering a peacekeeping mission into an Arab country shows the Assad regime's isolation. # b# t' K# X1 D& H  x: V
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An Iraqi government official has told the BBC that al-Qaeda and other militant groups have moved some of their activities away from Iraq and into Syria. The Deputy Home Minister Adnan al-Asadi said Iraq had noticed a decrease in the number of militant attacks because al-Qaeda had instructed its followers to move to other countries, including Syria.
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& s! j) o! g3 V( b2 PSalvage workers in Italy have begun pumping fuel from the cruise liner Costa Concordia, which ran aground off Tuscany a month ago. There were more than 2,000 tonnes of oil and diesel in the tanks of the stricken vessel, and environmentalists say a fuel leak would be disastrous. , k1 ?. C! f! v/ |
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The interim authorities in Libya say Colonel Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam will be moved to a prison in Tripoli within the next two months in preparation for his trial. The head of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, said Saif al-Islam - the man once seen as his father's most likely heir - was still being questioned three months after he was captured. Here's Jonathan Head from Tripoli.
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The new Libyan authorities are pushing ahead with their plans to try the only one of Muammar Gaddafi's children they've caught alive. They say they will now transfer Saif al-Islam from the town of Zintan, where he's been held for the past three months by the militia group that captured him, to a prison they are building in Tripoli. There he will face more questioning over his role in the violent suppression of anti-Gaddafi protests last year. Human rights groups have questioned whether he can get a fair trial here, saying the justice system is too degraded after four decades of authoritarian rule. & q! k4 i& X8 o- i9 q1 g
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President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras has suspended the officials in charge of the national prison system after a fire at a jail killed more than 300 inmates. Mr Lobo said he was determined to ensure a full investigation into the cause of the disaster and find out who was responsible. He expressed his sympathy for the families of those who'd died.
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"We deeply regret what has happened, and I would like to express my solidarity with the families of our compatriots who lost their lives in the Comayagua prison."
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3 X& u, ]# Z+ Y: N" Z% WPresident Sarkozy told television viewers that he saw it as his duty to run for a second term. The captain of a ship did not desert the helm in troubled waters. He said that in the last five years many reforms had been carried through, but there was still much work to do. "I have plenty of ideas, plenty of things to say to the French," he said. Nicolas Sarkozy lags far behind the Socialist Francois Hollande in the polls, but he's a pugnacious campaigner and appears to believe he's got a decent chance of winning. ' ?0 C" ]" V! S8 B) u4 v+ F3 P2 I
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The United States has downplayed the significance of what Iran called two major advances in its controversial nuclear programme. Tehran said it had loaded Iranian-made nuclear fuel rods into a research reactor in north Tehran. It also said that a new generation of centrifuges had been put into operation at the uranium enrichment plant in Natanz. At a briefing in Washington, the US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the announcements didn't amount too much.
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The head of the Eurogroup, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said he's confident that a decision on a second Greek bailout will be taken on Monday. 3 o8 ?3 ^. U, O/ n3 W# f

) b4 r  e: ]8 P" Z7 ~1 \He was speaking after eurozone finance ministers held a conference call to discuss what more Greece had to do to secure a bailout worth 130bn. Mr Juncker said the Greek government had found a way to cut 325m more from its budget. He also said that the finance ministers wanted mechanisms to monitor the Greek economy.
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The Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping has told US business leaders the time is right for a new starting point in relations between the two countries. Speaking in Washington, Mr Xi said China welcomed a constructive US role in promoting peace in the Asia-Pacific region, but he said Washington had to respect China's interests and concerns in the area. Correspondents say this is Beijing's response to America's new policy of strengthening its military and political presence in Asia. 7 `3 r. x: `% t% k
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7 a7 F6 ?5 a6 U+ q4 ^The Sri Lankan army has agreed to investigate allegations aired on British television that government forces committed war crimes in the final stage of the conflict against the Tamil Tigers in 2009. It's something the army has always denied. Charles Haviland is in Colombo.
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This is a big change. The army has come out with a statement saying it is looking into the allegations contained there, as it says, irrespective of the authenticity or otherwise of the video footage. So they are leaving open the notion that that footage might actually be authentic. The army has made clear that this is very much an internal army commission. They say it's a commission of inquiry at the moment and that if there is prima facie evidence against anyone, that might lead to prosecutions in a court-martial, which could potentially incur penalties including the death penalty. 2 j5 v8 p2 A. T) F5 ~, L% V" J
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Scientists in Switzerland have announced plans to launch a special satellite designed to clean up space. They say the prototype will scoop up debris orbiting Earth and take it back into the atmosphere where it'll burn on re-entry. More than half a million pieces of debris from rockets and satellites are orbiting Earth at a very high speed. / u- e7 Y6 ]& Q8 e
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' `* R1 O7 F/ KThe United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has accused the Security Council of emboldening the Syrian government to launch what she described as an "all-out assault" to crush the opposition. Ms Pillay told the UN General Assembly that the longer the international community delayed action, the longer Syria's civilian population would suffer. Here's our diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall. 7 s' S, L/ w9 {" \2 w+ _

1 f  f9 Q. V- a/ M& hNavi Pillay's denunciation of the Syrian authorities was ferocious. Across Syria, she said, the pattern of attacks on civilians suggested approval at the highest levels. + B  ?3 u3 s4 q  w- W
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"Credible information shows patterns of systematic and widespread use of torture by security forces. Extensive reports of sexual violence, in particular rape primarily against men and boys, are particularly disturbing."
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3 s( J5 d) r2 ]  J1 GIsraeli embassy vehicles have been targeted in two almost simultaneous bomb incidents in India and Georgia. A car exploded in Delhi, injuring the wife of an Israeli diplomat and their driver. In the Georgian capital Tbilisi, a bomb was planted on an Israeli car but failed to detonate. More from our security correspondent Gordon Corera.   \1 s9 G# J' E- U0 T
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasted no time in pointing the finger at those he said were behind today's attacks. Iran, whom he described as the world's leading exporter of terror, and its proxy, the militant group Hezbollah, were responsible, he said. No evidence was produced, but both do have reason to try to strike Israel now. Iran has described the accusation that it was involved as sheer lies, saying it's part of a propaganda campaign.
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- Q1 r: z- ?+ `. U6 L" pPresident Obama has unveiled a US federal budget that's expected to form a basis for his economic platform in November's presidential election. Addressing supporters in Virginia, Mr Obama outlined his proposals for spending cuts combined with tax increases for the wealthy and the reining in of corporate tax avoidance. 9 t. Z: t; V+ t0 I3 `

5 F9 K. W! `' e1 j"We've got a choice. We can settle for a country where a few people do really, really well, and everybody else struggles to get by. Or we can restore an economy where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody does their fair share, everybody plays by the same set of rules from Washington to Wall Street to Main Street."
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. }7 a, L; ~7 lMr Obama's Republican opponents attack the plans as doing too little to restrain growth in the government's costly health benefits programme.
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The United States says it'll hold direct talks with North Korea later this month about Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. The talks in Beijing will be the first direct contact between officials since the death in December of North Korea's former leader Kim Jong-il. ; L/ u0 W$ \; M: W7 B4 V
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+ X4 H$ w( j; A6 |/ CTwo businessmen have been convicted by an Italian court of negligence that led to more than 2,000 asbestos-related deaths. The court found that they'd failed to prevent asbestos fibres from their factories in northern Italy from spreading across the region. Stephan Schidheiny and Jean-Louis de Cartier, who's a Belgian baron, were both sentenced in their absence to 16 years in prison. Damages amounting to tens of millions of dollars were also awarded against the pair.
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The Zambian football team have been given a hero's welcome on their return home after winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time. Cheering crowds greeted the players as they arrived at Lusaka airport. The BBC's Mutuna Chanda was there.
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They came to a rapturous welcome, a very thunderous welcome. If you came into the country for the first time, you'll think that maybe it was Jesus Christ who was disembarking from that plane. They arrived to a hero's welcome. There were(was口误) well over 1,000 people at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
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Thousands more fans, many of them wearing the national colours of green, orange, red and black, lined the route from the airport to a sports arena in the capital where speeches and a concert have been taking place. Zambia beat Ivory Coast in a penalty shoot-out in the Gabonese capital Libreville. A plane crash there 20 years ago killed almost the entire Zambian squad.
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Edward Siegrist, who was in his 20s, made a daily record of his time in France and Belgium between 1917 and early 1919 using a now-defunct form of shorthand. The diary lay in the attic of one of his children until the family found one of the few people still alive who could transcribe it. The journal gives a vivid record of dangers and discomforts of life behind the front-line.
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Syrian state media say a senior army officer has been shot dead in Damascus as violence continues around the country. The killing of Brigadier-General Issa al-Khouli is thought to be the first such assassination since the uprising against President Assad began last March. From neighbouring Lebanon, Jim Muir reports.
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8 g9 z1 Q0 ?* G7 a2 }Syrian state television announced that General Issa al-Khouli was shot dead by gunmen lying in wait for him outside his house in north Damascus. The authorities blamed his death squarely on what it called armed terrorist groups, but activist organisations said the style of his killing had all the hallmarks of the regime on it and accused it of carrying out the murder. However, there are reports of Islamic militants crossing into Syria from Iraq, where just such killings still take place frequently. For the regime, all armed opponents are terrorists, so actions like the car bombs in Aleppo and the murder of General Khouli clearly play into its hands.
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3 z/ u/ T  `' V, d3 @* s"I'm as shocked as anyone by today's arrests but am determined to lead The Sun through these difficult times. We have a duty to serve our readers and will continue to do that."
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* V& J7 j/ B# W) SOfficials in the American state of Maine are expected to announce the result of caucuses to help decide who should be the Republican Party candidate in November's presidential election. Party officials say they anticipate a close contest between the former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and the Texas congressman Ron Paul. Mr Romney has been considered a front-runner in the race, but he's hoping to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat after losing contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. The other two candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum haven't actively campaigned in Maine. 1 W0 ~1 M* R# d0 A

. I8 {# Z2 s1 RThree soldiers have been killed in a rebel ambush in Colombia. Officials say the soldiers were on patrol in the mountains of Valle del Cauca province when members of Colombia's largest rebel group, the Farc, threw grenades. The attack took place a week after two police stations were bombed in the west of Colombia, killing 18 people. The Farc have stepped up their offensive against the security forces since their leader was killed in a military raid in November.
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- {' v- ?0 m0 ]6 |3 AThe Liverpool footballer Luis Suarez has been criticised for refusing to shake hands with Manchester United's Patrice Evra before their Premier League match today. It was the first time the players had met since Suarez served an eight-match ban for racially abusing Evra in October. The black defender offered his hand before the match, but Suarez ignored him. The manager of Manchester United, Alex Ferguson, condemned the Liverpool player's behaviour.
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"The history that club's got and he does that and an atmosphere like today, an atmosphere and all the build-up to the game, all the profiles, you know, I'm actually desired. It's a disgrace to that football club."
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In the latest football match in the Africa Cup of Nations, Mali have beaten Ghana in the play-off for third place. The score was 2-0. The final on Sunday will be between Zambia and Ivory Coast.
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/ ^, i# L8 j! T' e- BTurkey says it wants to build an international coalition to make Syria stop its onslaught on opposition strongholds like the city of Homs. The Turkish foreign minister said his government was ready to host an international conference. Sebastian Usher reports.
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# ], ^9 \* \& ?( C3 `International diplomatic efforts on Syria hit a major roadblock with the veto by Russia and China of a UN Security Council resolution on Saturday. But with the images of death and destruction from Homs in recent days, calls for international action to stop the killing have only grown more urgent. Turkey is now trying to keep up the pressure on President Assad. The Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has proposed an international conference hosted by Turkey, saying that if the UN Security Council can't protect civilians, then like-minded countries should get together to do so. He's now heading to the US for talks although it's not clear what new plan of action Turkey is advocating. 7 d2 f4 I8 {( q1 |5 P% a
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If I was to use one word to sum up the mood as we left, it would be despair, people absolutely terrified. You know, we heard the army is coming, the army is using chemical weapons or this kind of thing absolutely beside themselves, and that is the effect that constant shelling produces. We counted hundreds of what appear to be tank shells and heavy artillery shells, hundreds of mortars. They are using airburst shells as well. No doubt there's a lot of sniper fire, and it appears to be deliberately directed at civilians. It's not clear exactly what the Syrian forces are targeting, whether they are trying to deliberately hit military targets of the Free Syrian Army, but whatever their intention, civilians are undoubtedly bearing the brunt.
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6 x4 X7 V$ A$ B- i! m. f# T  SI'm in the main square in Male where large numbers of army and police in riot gear are still cordoning it off after the clashes with supporters of the former President Mohamed Nasheed. We saw several of his supporters being taken away in plastic handcuffs, among them, one of his top aides. The former president himself is reported to have been injured in the clashes, and he is now thought to be in his home. People are still lingering around the square, denouncing what they say was a coup. There's a smell of tear gas in the air and still a sense that there could be more trouble. * {! @, U9 J. B) g$ }
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1 x" P/ m1 V. I+ n% k1 P, z& WThis has been one of the great Antarctic ventures of recent decades. Radar surveys have indicated the presence of a lake six times the size of Luxemburg, the base of the ice sheet. Its water is kept liquid by the warmth of the rock bed and by the immense pressure of the overlying ice. Scientists expect their studies of Lake Vostok to tell them about the past climate of Antarctica, but they are fascinated also by the life forms they may find down there. The water has very probably been cut off from the outside world for millennia, in which case any microorganisms in the lake will almost certainly have evolved into new forms.
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3 `  l) O2 x5 [7 t/ i4 V5 |The England football manager Fabio Capello has resigned. The Italian has been in dispute with the Football Association after it removed John Terry as England captain without consulting him first. Capello publicly criticised the decision on Terry, who's facing charges of racially abusing another player. Capello had a meeting with the Football Association this afternoon. The former chief executive of the FA, Brian Barwick, said the meeting had ended amicably. % b/ Z1 [% Z2 l3 o( z" ?  T, W; R
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Ivory Coast will face Zambia in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, the continent's biggest sporting tournament. Zambia shocked Ghana, one of the favourites, with a 1-0 win in the first of the semi-finals. Ghana missed a penalty and had a man sent off. And then in the other match, Ivory Coast beat Mali 1-0 also to book their place in the final. " @- G; w1 ^& J# T1 I9 Y, L
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: p; H% V* b# T7 \) ?The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been ** fresh promises to end violence in his country, talk to the opposition and bring in reforms. He gave the assurances to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Damascus. But opposition groups in Syria accused Mr Assad of ** empty promises while the United States said it remained sceptical. Jim Muir reports from neighbouring Lebanon.
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After his talks with President Assad, Mr Lavrov said he believed the message had got through that swift action was necessary. He said the Syrians would soon announce a date for a constitutional referendum - part of a reform process that the opposition have dismissed. He said Mr Assad was also committed to ending the violence from all sources - something the regime has taken so far to cover the crushing of any armed resistance. If Mr Lavrov did get more from Mr Assad behind the scenes, that may become apparent in the coming days, especially in Homs, where the violence and bombardments go on.
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The Syrian army has been using mortars and artillery fire in its continuing onslaught against people in Homs. A BBC correspondent who's there said more and more people were struggling to get access to food and other supplies, and anyone trying to flee the city would face sniper fire.
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The UN refugee agency says it's sent emergency teams to countries neighbouring Mali to help them deal with an influx of more than 20,000 people who've fled fighting there. Clashes between rebel Tuaregs and government forces in northern Mali broke out last month. A rebel group, the MNLA, is fighting to create an autonomous region. Richard Hamilton reports. 8 h! Z( S0 ?& T* Q/ o) a5 J

0 @/ z- d- e7 Y/ N: vIt's a long-running conflict, and next year will be the 50th anniversary of the first uprising. The MNLA and another Tuareg rebels launched a fresh offensive last month, the largest since 2009 by the rebels, whose ranks have been boosted by the recent return of men who fought in Libya for Colonel Gaddafi. Although the Tuaregs are not unified, analysts say they are now much better-equipped, have better military commanders and a much more sophisticated grasp of PR, prompting them to be called the Saharan Facebook generation. ! L  R- X$ p+ |2 t
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1 H: j$ w% B/ U- Q5 \Gay marriage became legal in California in 2008 for just four months. After an aggressive campaign, a motion was passed by a ballot in the state banning same-sex couples from marrying. It was known as Proposition 8. The legal battle over whether it was a breach of rights has been going on for three years now. This latest ruling by a federal appeals court says the ban brought in by Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, supporting a previous court decision that it is a violation of gay and lesbian civil rights.
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There's been another delay in attempts by Greece to strike a deal on a new austerity package with a crucial meeting of coalition party leaders now postponed by a day. But the prime minister's office told the BBC a draft agreement on the reforms had now been finalised and would be formally signed off on Wednesday. Without the deal, international lenders say they won't grant a new bailout. / K8 v8 Y) _8 W8 \3 C9 t5 D! I
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The authorities in Brazil have filed a lawsuit against the microblogging site Twitter, demanding the removal of accounts which warn about police roadblocks and speed traps. The government is concerned that the messages are undermining efforts to tackle drink-driving and other offences. Paulo Cabral reports from Sao Paulo.
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According to the authorities, the roadblocks make the roads safer and help to fight other types of crime, such as drug dealing. One of the largest of these illegal Twitter accounts is based in Rio de Janeiro and has almost 300,000 followers. The lawsuit demands that Twitter must block all these accounts and, if it doesn't, it must pay almost $300,000 for each day of non-compliance.
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/ l0 p# z  Q, a' n2 L( u, OThe education authorities in Los Angeles have temporarily closed a primary school and replaced all its staff following the arrest of two teachers accused of sex abuse. More than 120 staff members at the Miramonte Elementary School are being removed while the local district carries out an investigation although none of them is currently under suspicion.
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The former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been told he'll face a new trial next month, meaning that he'll be fighting four different cases at the same time. He's been charged with revealing a secret wiretap, which was then published in a national newspaper belonging to his brother allegedly to damage an opposition leader. Mr Berlusconi denies the charges.
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"We will work to seek regional and national sanctions against Syria and strengthen the ones we have. They will be implemented to the fullest to dry up the sources of funding and the arms shipments that are keeping the regime's war machine going. We will work to expose those who are still funding the regime and sending it weapons that are used against defenceless Syrians including women and children."
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This decision will further damage relations between Cairo and Washington. Nineteen Americans are among 43 individuals working for pro-democracy and human rights groups who now face criminal charges. It's believed they include the son of the US Transport Secretary Ray LaHood, who works for an organisation funded by the American government. The investigation into foreign funding of non-governmental organisations is directly linked to Egypt's continuing political turmoil. The generals who've ruled for the last year have repeatedly accused foreign hands of stirring up protests and trying to destabilise the country.
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! l9 x: i' X6 ZA new campaign has been launched in Saudi Arabia to urge women to legally challenge the ban on them driving. The woman who's led efforts to overturn the ban, Manal al-Sharif, made the announcement on her website. There she explains how other Saudi women can follow her example in seeking legal action.
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+ {" y/ f* n) t5 S3 |5 ]1 ?/ w+ N. PUkraine has been hardest hit with temperatures falling to -33C. The government there said that more than 130 people had died, many of them homeless. In Bosnia, helicopters have been ferrying food to isolated villages and also moving sick people in the capital Sarajevo, where the transport system has literally frozen to a standstill. In neighbouring Serbia, officials said that 70,000 people remain cut off. Even in Rome, there's been snow, the heaviest fall in more than a quarter of a century.
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! B0 M  k/ L8 K5 n# e5 |2 lA fire has broken out at a nuclear research centre in Moscow. Officials say the blaze started in an area where cables were housed away from any fissile material. However, environmentalists have expressed concern about the incident. - S  G4 t2 J/ X) d9 I9 H
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The Brazilian government has deployed the army in the northeastern state of Bahia, where a police strike has sparked a wave of violence. The murder rate has more than doubled in the state capital Salvador since police stopped work on Tuesday to demand better pay.
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/ Z, M8 ?, z: l( d, Q- O$ UThe former military leader of Panama, Manuel Noriega, has been moved from his prison cell in Panama City to a hospital. Police said he had hypertension and had possibly suffered a stroke. Mr Noriega, who's 77, is serving a 20-year prison sentence for the murder of two political opponents.
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The former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is to be moved to a prison for the first time since his arrest last April. Reports said he would be transferred to a hospital inside Cairo's Tora prison. Mr Mubarak has been detained in a military hospital during his trial. . Y% V- g& I4 O+ r0 L0 b. o" m
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In football, Mali have gone through to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, beating co-hosts Gabon 5-4 on penalties. Alex Capstick was at the stadium.
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The majority at the Stade l'Amitie in stunned silence after the co-hosts were beaten in a penalty shoot-out, the cruelest way to lose in a quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations. They were hoping to reach the semi-finals for the first time. Some of their players are in tears as they leave the pitch, in contrast to the celebrations in a small corner of the ground, the Mali fans jumping up and down, waving their flags, chanting, singing, dancing because they've seen their team come from behind here and march on to the last four of the tournament. 7 o6 ~7 W- Y% \) X7 z! c: K3 Y" @

6 Y9 M, P" G1 AMali join Zambia and Ivory Coast, who won their matches on Saturday. In the last quarter-final, Ghana are playing Tunisia, and the match has gone to extra time.
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There's been a harsh exchange of words at the United Nations after Russia and China vetoed a resolution critical of Syria. The Americans said the two countries had sold out the Syrian people. The British said they'd turned their backs on the Arab world. The Russians in turn accused Western nations of pursuing regime change through the resolution they'd sponsored. Here's Barbara Plett in New York.
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The vote was delayed by an hour or two as Russia tried to win support for amendments to the draft. The Russians were still unhappy with the Arab plan for a political transition which the resolution endorses. They said it imposes a solution on Syria. They also wanted language condemning the armed opposition as well as the Syrian army. This in particular was a step too far for Western diplomats on a day when Bashar al-Assad's forces are accused of killing scores of people.
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There have been heavy casualties in a Syrian army attack against the city of Homs. More than 50 people have been documented as killed.
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Some reports said as many as 200 may have died. Activists and rebel fighters said the authorities had pounded parts of the city with mortars and tank fire. The Syrian government has dismissed the reports as fabricated. Paul Wood has just got into the city of Homs and sent this report. 3 v0 E/ L% f8 a1 C6 F
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I'm speaking to you from a rooftop in a suburb of Homs. And just within past couple of minutes, we've seen clashes on the horizon, and a cloud of smoke now hanging over another part of Homs, which seems to suggest that shelling of some description has resumed. As we came into the city earlier this afternoon, we heard of a lot of heavy machine gun fire, and there were a lot of unexplained explosions. Parts of Homs - those parts which oppose the regime - are now virtually cut off, and we have to come in using a very elaborate route escorted by activists who are bringing in medical supplies and bringing in fresh blood donated a few hours earlier in the villages around Homs.
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2 i" W/ D6 Q% Z! IMore than 50,000 protesters opposed to the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have demonstrated in Moscow despite bitterly cold weather. They called for political reform. Supporters of the Russian leader held their own rally. 6 x2 l  |$ J1 Z  ?+ X. Z! b& c

+ P7 I1 E1 \8 o: T- [5 _The former Cuban President Fidel Castro has made a rare public appearance to launch his memoirs called Guerrilla of Time. Fidel had not been seen in public since April last year. Vanessa Buschschluter has the details.
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Wearing a tracksuit jacket and a checkered shirt, Fidel seemed animated and laughed as he reminisced about his early life. This first instalment of his recollections runs to 1,000 pages in two volumes, but it only takes the story up to December 1958 - the eve of the revolution. The director of the Cuban Writers' Union, Miguel Barnet, said it made vivid reading. But like many storytellers, it seems the old revolutionary is saving the real action for later. Vanessa Buschschluter reporting. . b0 j  A3 E8 \( T- n+ }

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. K, S  q" [6 Q! }9 n% D* e. m- oPolice in Mexico said they've arrested the suspected leader of the armed wing of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Prosecutors suspect the man, Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, of ordering an attack on a drug treatment clinic in Ciudad Juarez, in which 18 people were killed in 2009. The patients were lined up against a wall and shot dead.
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The governing African National Congress in South Africa has upheld a decision to suspend its controversial youth leader Julius Malema. However, the party's appeals committee said they would give Mr Malema another chance to argue that his sentence is too harsh. Here's Karen Allen in Johannesburg.
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+ ~6 C7 ?, O5 r2 {Mr Malema wasn't present as the appeal panel's ruling was made public, neither were his supporters, who in the past had flooded the streets of central Johannesburg in large numbers. After November's decision to suspend the maverick youth leader from the governing party, the ANC, an appeals panel agreed that he was guilty of sowing division in the party, but they said they would give him another chance to argue that his sentence is too harsh. Mr Malema - a man who once said he would kill for President Jacob Zuma - paints himself as a champion of the young and unemployed. But his combative style has angered many in the ANC, and he is now considered by some as an impediment. 2 F$ H5 n5 _1 J- |, F

  S7 b9 J) J  Z$ ~7 \5 B; EIn football, Zambia have become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. The two-time finalists beat Sudan 3-0 after dominating the game throughout. And in today's other semi-final qualifier, Ivory Coast have just beaten the hosts Equatorial Guinea 3-0. : W1 B7 e7 C$ I$ Z9 {7 O

, c4 C# Y- W2 y4 W- {, o6 fSnow and freezing temperatures across Europe have claimed more than 200 lives. Eastern Europe is the worst-affected area with a recorded temperature of -38C in Ukraine and the Czech Republic. Most of the deaths have occurred in Ukraine. In Britain, Heathrow Airport has cancelled around a third of Sunday's flights because of expected heavy snow, and the canals in Venice have started freezing over.
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Those are the latest stories from BBC News.
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