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Wednesday, April 16, 2014  
Syria troops pound Homs
Syrian army troops backed by pro-regime militiamen entered rebel-held neighbourhoods of Homs on Tuesday after laying siege to the districts for nearly two years. It comes a day after the government seized the Christian town of Maalula in the Qalamun region and as media reported the country would soon move into election mode. “The Syrian army and the National Defence Forces have achieved key successes in the Old City of Homs,” Syrian state television said. more...
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 BUSINESS
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India
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Three fourth of youths feel graft widespread in government: Gallup
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Maoists apologise for attack on poll officials
Sonia’s televised appeal a farewell speech, says BJP
Varanasi will not be a cakewalk for Modi, admit RSS volunteers
Congress blasts Rajnath’s meeting with clerics
Campaigning ends for sixth phase in 122 constituencies
AAP’s low-cost campaign a hit in Karnataka
Pakistan
Cops in dock over Parveen case ‘manipulation’
PTA rubbishes reports of dismal response to 3G, 4G licences auction
Government mulls plan to beat power crisis as summer hots up
Fashion Week pays ode to ‘women empowerment’
Hearing resumes in Musharraf treason case
Middle East
Egypt court bans Brotherhood from contesting poll
Sabbahi supporters struggle for campaign space in Egypt poll
Egypt bans ACs in mosques as power shortage worsens
Bashir slaps ban on meetings of political parties
Iran minister holds talks in UAE
Libyan guard at US embassy goes missing
Abu Ghraib jail shut over security fears
Asia
Robotic sub’s first MH370 search mission aborted
Xi calls for adoption of integrated air and space defence capability
Britain lists China as ‘country of concern’ in human rights report
2 kidnap gang members killed in Mindanao gunbattle
Sydney gets green signal to build second airport
Business
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