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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2014

Violence erupts in Rio slum near Olympic venues

Rio De Janeiro, AP—A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late on Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone. Intense exchanges of gunfire were heard when members of an elite police moved into the Pavao-Pavaozinho slum, which lies a few hundred yards (meters) from where Olympic swimming events are expected to take place in 2016. Resid...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2014

Lebanese parliament fails to elect new president

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Lebanese MPs failed to select a new president on Wednesday, in what my herald the beginning of a fierce and divisive competition to elect a new head of state. The president of Lebanon, traditionally a Maronite Christian, is elected by a secret ballot of MPs, yet so far no consensus candidate has emerged with enough support in the country’s parliament to win an outright victory. The most prominent candidate, Samir Geagea of the Lebanese Forces Party, received...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2014

India’s Modi slams anti-Muslim remarks

New Delhi, Reuters—Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi sought to calm fears for religious minorities under his rule on Tuesday, saying he would represent all Indians wheth...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Tuesday, 22 Apr, 2014

Biden: Russia must ‘stop talking and start acting’

Kiev, AP—US Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine, offering a show of support for the b...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Tuesday, 22 Apr, 2014

Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs

Beirut, AP—Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Tuesday, 22 Apr, 2014

Death count in ferry sinking tops 100

Jindo, AP—One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identi...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Tuesday, 22 Apr, 2014

Rouhani hails next phase of Iranian subsidy reform

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced the next phase of reforms to the country’s subsidies system on Monday, amid concerns the reforms could le...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Monday, 21 Apr, 2014

Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

Kiev, AP—US Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile visit on Monday to demonstrate US commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international ag...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Monday, 21 Apr, 2014

Egypt to lift natural gas prices for homes, businesses

Cairo, Reuters—Egypt plans to double the price of natural gas piped into some homes and businesses from next month, but the move will trim its huge fuel subsidy bill only sli...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Monday, 21 Apr, 2014

Sisi, Sabahi to face off for Egyptian presidency

Cairo, Reuters—The former army general who toppled Egypt's first freely elected president will face a leftist politician in next month's presidential election, as they were t...

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